This week, Caroline Flint took part in the inaugural Parliamentary Sports Fair to support the #GetYourKitOn campaign, and the launch of the Sport and Recreation Alliance, for grassroots and community sport and recreation.
The MP cast a fishing line into a bucket; sank a golf putt; passed a rugby ball through a target and bounced a ball on the narrow edge of a cricket bat 14 times.
Said Caroline: “I was delighted to try my hand at sports I’ve never done. Grassroots sport is one cause I am happy to champion.
“Across my Don Valley constituency, from the largest towns to small villages, grassroots sport brings communities together, keeps people healthy, and encourages children and young people to keep active, when there are so many things competing for their attention.
“There is no doubt that some of people’s most important and happy moments are created by sport, whatever level you play at.
“The success of the GB teams in the Olympic and Paralympic Games highlight the depth of talent and passion for sport that we have in this country. However, without accessible facilities, trained coaches and valued volunteers, those aspiring champions and recreational enthusiasts would not have an outlet for their talents.
“Ensuring local communities have such facilities is of primary importance to the future health of our nation.
“I was excited to see the Sport and Recreation Alliance launch their Get Your Kit On - A Guide to Grassroots Sport and Recreation at the event this week. I look forward to working with the Alliance to help support sport and recreation in my own constituency. The true benefit of sport should be felt by everyone in the local community.”