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Earlier this week, local Swansea AM Mike Hedges raised a question in the Senedd with Sports and Culture Minister John Griffiths on the Welsh Government’s policy on community ownership in sport.
Speaking on the benefits of community ownership in Welsh football, Mike Hedges asked the Sports Minister if he believed that Welsh sport could benefit from more clubs following the Swansea City Football Club model, with the Supporter’s Trust having part ownership and involvement in the running of the club.
In his response to the question, Sports Minister John Griffiths said:
“I think that we can say that Swansea City FC is an outstanding success for the area, and, indeed, for Wales as a whole. On and off the field, I think that the club’s style of football, and its sustainable business model, has won many admirers. I am sure that these achievements, and that success, are attracting a great deal of interest within and beyond Wales.”
Commenting on the Minister’s response, Swansea East AM Mike Hedges said:
“I’m pleased that the Sports Minister recognises the outstanding achievements of Swansea City FC, with the Supporters Trust having a major impact and influence on that success.
“If we are to build world class sports teams here in Wales, then we need to invest and support sport at its grass-roots level as well as encourage communities to get involved and participate in that delivery.”