Coaches, athletes and parents of youth competitors are being asked to help the Cumberland Area Economic Development Corporation with an upcoming market study on sports opportunities in Cumberland County.
CAEDC has retained consulting firm Victus Advisors to conduct an assessment of the youth and amateur sports industry in the area and any potential infrastructure needs.
As part of the study, Victus is conducting a survey for those involved with local sports groups. The survey can be accessed at www.research.net/r/CumberlandCountySports.
“From there, if we find and identify a need that isn’t being met by our current facilities, then we would look at the potential to create those sites,” said Mary Kuna, CAEDC economic development manager.
Such initiatives could include grants to municipalities to rehabilitate public fields, and low-interest loans to private facility owners, Kuna said.
Youth sports are believed to be a growing economic driver in the United States, especially since the post-recession rebound in consumer spending. Sports tourism spending was estimated at $10.47 billion in 2016, according to data from the National Association of Sports Commissions, a 26.1 percent increase since 2012.