Keeping Local Pupils Fit

I am delighted to see that primary schools in our constituency will together receive over £454,000 of extra funding for PE and sports this year. The money comes after the Department for Education’s decision to double the PE and Sports Premium from £160 million to £320 million, and is one aspect of a series of programmes […]

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Surrey Clubs for Young People

Last night, I attended the Surrey Clubs for Young People (SCYP) 70th anniversary celebrations at the Houses of Parliament. The event was put on to celebrate the fantastic work that SCYP does, and to recognise the clubs that are core to the charity’s work. The reception was well-attended by key representatives from a number of […]

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Sunbury and Walton Sea Cadets

The Sunbury and Walton Sea Cadets, who I visited in November 2015 (blogged here), are holding a fundraising appeal to raise money for a new, modernised building at their site in Shepperton. The current building is old, damp and small. It has not been repaired since a flood in 2014. The Cadets have produced a […]

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Cobham Rugby Club

Last Saturday, I went down to Cobham Rugby Club for their ‘Value the Volunteer’ lunch, before their home game against Chobam (I know – a bit of a tongue-twister for the pundits). I spoke about how valuable volunteers are for local sports clubs and charities more generally, and how local community sport is vital for […]

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West Molesey Sea Scouts

Last week, I visited the 1st Jaguar Sea Scouts Group in West Molesey. Liam Quinn, the Scout Leader, welcomed me and introduced me to the Scouts. I spoke to them about what an MP does, how Parliament works and what Government Ministers do. I then answered a range of questions from the very bright and […]

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Downside Nursery Sportsday

Last Friday, I visited Krystyna Griffiths and her fabulous team at Downside Nursery, for their annual sportsday (pictured below). Many parents also joined the occasion, creating a wonderful atmosphere in the glorious sunshine. The children were fantastic – incredibly well-behaved, and very enthusiastic about the races! I also got the chance to catch up with […]

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Rosalita Edwards’ Nursery Sports Day

Last Friday, I was delighted to join Rosalita Edwards’ Nursery for their Summer Sports Day, at Imber Court in Thames Ditton. The weather held up for some fiercesome competition in the various events – most notably the hotly-contested grandaprents’ races. But, the whole event was conducted in the wonderful spirit that Rosalita and her team […]

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Super Saturday

I always think of the Saturday just gone as the ‘Super Saturday’ of the local calendar, because there’s always a string of fantastic community events on. This year was no different, with Claygate Flower show and Molesey Regatta both blessed with glorious sunshine – despite all the forecasts. I’m afraid I was over-booked this year, so […]

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Inventing a Sport

On Friday, I took up Rashid Ahmad on his offer to pop by Hersham village hall to hear about a new sport he founded, Touch Tennis. I hadn’t realised quite what I’d let myself in for. Far from a relaxed chat, I was challenged to take off my suit jacket, don a Touch Tennis t-shirt […]

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