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19 March 2024

Weightlifting Wales Statement on 2024 / 2025 programmes

Weightlifting Wales can provide the following statement in relation to the reduction in funding for the organisation in the 2024/25 financial year.

Weightlifting Wales will have a reduction in funding for the 2024/25 financial year following the Welsh Government's decision to cut funding to Sport Wales by 10.5%. Additionally, Weightlifting Wales participation programmes, which relied on separate funding are also no longer available for 2024/25.

It's important to acknowledge that these challenges are not unique to Weightlifting Wales. Across the wider landscape, budget cuts are being felt in all sectors. In light of this, the board has reviewed and approved a revised budget to sustain the development of Weightlifting and Para Powerlifting in Wales to the best of our ability. We are committed to utilising our funds effectively and adapting our existing programmes and systems to minimise the impact.

Andrew Howard, chief executive of the WSA, has stated: "We are all extremely concerned about the future and how our sports are going to deliver in the same way that they are doing at the moment.

"Our real concern is that it's a short-term cut for sport with huge implications further down the line for the well-being of the nation."

WSA members have not disclosed the figures, but expect the impact on sport spending compared to last year to be "substantial"