MP’s new position gets backing from town sports clubs

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GOSPORT’S MP is playing her part in supporting sport in the area.

Caroline Dinenage is now the Parliamentary Sport Champion for Gosport and Hampshire.

It comes as part of the Parliamentary Sport Champion scheme, which wants to connect MPs with grassroots sport.

Ms Dinenage is already the parliamentary netball ambassador.

She said: ‘Gosport is an area that has so much sporting excellence all around us.

‘There’re so many exciting things, not least the new leisure centre and the success of the football team.

‘And we’ve got brilliant Olympic hopefuls, like BMX rider Ayesha McLelland.

‘The sporting legacy from London 2012 relies on the commitment and know-how of our coaches, volunteers and teachers.

‘They benefit greatly from the support of the county sport partnership and the network of agencies.’

Ms Dinenage has been active in the sporting community in Gosport, opening the bowls season at the Gosport Lawn Bowling Club in April.

Back then she praised the club for keeping older players healthy into retirement.

Jack Wilcock is the president of the club, based in Anglesey Gardens.

He said there are a great number of sports played in Gosport and welcomed Ms Dinenage’s new role.

He said: ‘I’m glad to see that Caroline is getting involved.

‘With her connections I’m sure that things will move on.

‘A large number of people in the Gosport area participate in one sport or another.

‘It is a sporting area, we’ve got a very heavy involvement with ex-service people.’

The MP will work with Sport Hampshire and the Isle of Wight to make help residents stay active.

The organisation works across England to support local groups, increasing participation in sport and physical activity.

Richard Millard, chair of the organisation, said: ‘We are delighted that Ms Dinenage has made a clear commitment to supporting our work.

‘Her support will be really valuable when it comes to making the case for sport and physical activity and bringing people together round the table.

‘We look forward to working closely with her and believe we can continue to use sport and physical activity to improve the health and wellbeing of our communities.’