'The key to progress in sport is effective partnerships. Real achievements in sport - whether increases in the numbers or levels of performance of those taking part - depend on individuals and teams. At school age, individuals and teams depend throughout Wales on the commitment of teachers, schools, clubs and local authorities.
'This was outlined in the sports document `Young People and sport in Wales' which we published jointly with the Sports Council in Wales in September.
At the Welsh Office we have already made a start by asking school inspectors to report in the quality and range of school sports and training for teachers. We are also pursuing a number of measures to safeguard playing fields for the future.
'This conference is itself a prime example of the way forward, illustrating as it does the active involvement of such a wide range of educational and sporting interests.'