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We were contracted by the Welsh Government’s Sports Division to conduct an independent evaluation of Gemau Cymru. The review was conducted over a two month period; October to November 2015.


We undertook a mixed method approach including desk research and online surveys of participants and the event workforce. We also carried out over 20 interviews with the key stakeholders including Welsh Government, Sport Wales, Commonwealth Games Wales, national governing bodies of sport (NGBs) and the Urdd (the event management company). We sought to establish;

  • The positioning of the event within NGB Competition Frameworks and Performance Pathways.
  • Successes of the event impacting on the sporting pathway or individuals and any obstacles.
  • The broader impact of the multi-sport experience and athlete village to athlete development.
  • What do stakeholders wish to gain from the event?

From this primary and secondary research we consulted further through two workshops with the event steering group and NGBs.


We constructed recommendations in the following areas;

  • Sporting pathway
  • Funding and delivery
  • Added benefits