In September this year, Sport Wales commissioned Mental Health Foundation to conduct a Scoping Study on ‘Sport for Mental Health and Wellbeing’.

As part of the Scoping Study, which began in September 2019 and concludes in January 2020, they are keen to engage with partners from across sport organisations and mental health organisations. Involving stakeholders in Wales is important to ensure that experiences and views are captured and used to inform the work.

The Vision for Sport in Wales and the Sport Wales Strategy places emphasis on supporting everyone to have the opportunity to participate in sport. They know that poor mental health is becoming an increasing concern in Wales and is prioritised as an area for action by Welsh Government.

Evidence tells them that those with poor mental health are participating in no and little physical activity on a regular basis, therefore, increasing activity levels will have a positive effect on improving mental health and wellbeing. This presents Sport Wales, and their partners, with opportunities to engage new partners and showcase the benefits and contribution that sport can make to such an important area of health improvement and supports the wellbeing of future generations. 

The key objectives of the study are:

  • To understand the current scope of work currently being undertaken within Wales in developing and utilising sport for better mental health in Wales, and the key agencies involved. 
  • Aligned to the Sport Wales Strategy, to identify what is the potential for a greater impact, and to make recommendations on the optimum future role for Sport Wales in this regard.

Please complete the online survey to share your views by clicking here

Deadline for responses - 10th December 2019

If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact Shana Thomas [email protected] or Jackie Fisher at [email protected]