WSA PLD x DSW Brief
Welsh Sports Association for People with Learning Disability
Strategy development brief
The Welsh Sports Association for People with Learning Disability (WSA PLD) are seeking a consultant or consultancy to support and direct the development of their strategy which will define the focus of the organisation until 2029.
The following documents are available to support the development of this strategy:
About the Welsh Sports Association for People with Learning Disability
The Welsh Sports Association for People with Learning Disabilities is a charitable organisation which provides sporting opportunities for people across Wales at local, national and international level. In the South Region we hold annual swimming galas and athletics events catering for children from the age of 10 to adult for as long as they wish to participate. The North Region hosts various fun sports events based within the school system. We are eligible for Sports Council funding for our elite athletes but rely heavily on donations and fundraising to cover our costs at local and national level. All our officers and committee are voluntary and give freely of their time.
The WSAPLD was set up in 1981 when it was found that there was no ‘Sporting’ body in Wales that catered specifically for people with learning disabilities.
WSAPLD was established and held its first National Games in 1982.
Organisation of the National Association
The National Association was originally divided into the three regions of Wales:
Each Region has its own Committee responsible for the running and organising of events.
The National Committee, which comprises of representatives from the Regional Committees, meets three times a year.
For further information please visit: http://www.wsapld.org.uk/home
Background to the brief
Physical activity (including sport) for people with intellectual impairment/learning disability is broad ranging, including in Wales a spectrum of inclusive opportunity. This ranges from open activity (where people with II/LD participate and compete alongside non-disabled people), to specific activity (where participation and competitive opportunity is provided only for people with II/LD). The primary providers of the specific opportunity in Wales are
Other organisations like Mencap, Leonard Cheshire, Learning Disability Wales, Gateway Clubs, etc also provide physical activity and sport-based sessions to a greater or lesser extent throughout Wales.
In order to enhance the physical activity (including sporting) pathway for people with intellectual impairment/learning disability it is important to
a) Clearly identify what each organisation provides for people with intellectual impairment/learning disability, and therefore where the overlaps and gaps are
b) Effectively communicate to people with intellectual impairment/learning disability in Wales what the opportunities are, and where and how movement through the pathway can provide access to the right opportunity at the right time
c) Coordinate the key partners involved with the provision of the pathway that they work collectively to share resources, enable high quality opportunity, and support people with intellectual impairment/learning disability to fulfil their potential (throughout the levels)
It is a requirement of the UK Sports Association (UKSA) Articles of Association that there is representation from an appropriately nominated organisation in Wales (in addition to Disability Sport Wales) at UKSA Board and committee meetings. Currently the Welsh Sports Association for People with Learning Disability are not represented on the UKSA Board and have not been for some time.
In the review of Strategy, which is central to this brief, consideration will also need to be given to the Welsh organisation who will act as nominated representative (alongside DSW) on the UKSA Board to the best fulfilment of its objectives.
This consultation work is three-fold:
1) To identify a strategy for WSAPLD which enables the pathway for people with intellectual impairment/learning disability to be streamlined and seamless and extends the work that volunteers within WSAPLD have worked to achieve; and aligns with the strategies of key stakeholders.
2) a) To develop Terms of Reference (including purpose, vision, values and priorities), role descriptions for key individuals, designation of a representative membership, and a communications plan for an Alliance for Intellectual Impairment sport in Wales,
which will then enable the …
2) b) … bringing together of key stakeholders within Wales (and their UK parent organisations where appropriate) to form the ‘Alliance’ who will represent the interests of participants and competitors with intellectual impairment/learning disability to influence change and ensure Welsh representation in teams and within organisations.
Expression of interest (EoI)
The EoI should include the following information:
Submission of EoI:
To discuss the brief in further detail contact:
David Jenkins at firstname.lastname@example.org or 07764 221772
Please send your expression of interest in the brief through to: email@example.com
Submission of quote: Monday 19th July 2021, 12pm, 17.00
If your Expression of Interest is successful you will be notified of the award of contract by Monday 26th July 2021.
Welsh Sports Association for People with Intellectual Impairment have a budget for this work of £10,000
Completion of Phase 1: 30th August 2021
Completion of Phase 2: 20th September 2021
Completion of Phase 3a: 3rd October 2021
Completion of Phase 3b: 1st November 2021