The future of sport in Jersey comes under the spotlight today with the launch of a public consultation designed to collect views from anyone who takes part, volunteers for or watches sport in the Island.
The Green Paper sets out the current position and asks four key questions:
• Do we need to make any changes?
• Should there be a new co-ordinating organisation for sport?
• Do we need a new model for sport development?
• Do you think the States should continue to run sports facilities or should other options be explored?
It also asks the public for general suggestions and looks at issues such as artificial pitches, funding pressures and sports events. The consultation will cover competitive sport, organised and team activities and also the simple but important activities such as walking, cycling.
During the three-month consultation, which ends on 31 May, people will be able to give their views at a number of major sporting events where they can pick up copies of the report and give their views on reply cards. There is also an opportunity to respond online or by post. Various themed meetings will also take place with specific focus groups.
The aim of the consultation is to collect opinions before drawing up a White Paper that will set out how sport in Jersey could develop over the next ten years.
Deputy Roy Le Herissier, the ESC Assistant Minister with responsibility for Sport, said: “We know Jersey people are passionate about their sport at all levels and I hope they will come forward and get involved in this discussion. Sport has a far-reaching impact – not just on individuals who take part but also for the island as a whole in terms of health, tourism and social cohesion. This is an exciting opportunity to work together and set a path for years to come.”
ESC Minister Deputy Patrick Ryan added: “Although there is much we can be proud of, we should not be complacent. In these tough economic times we must make the case for sport in a way that recognises the considerable benefits it brings to our health and wellbeing. The challenge is to make the right decisions for a strong sporting future for Jersey.”