Getting Fenland Active
When national sports funding was discussed in Parliament, I questioned why some areas of the country appeared to be receiving much more than our area. As a result of this, I met with the Chief Executive of Sports England in the House of Commons to present my findings and questioned what more could be done to help deliver sporting programmes locally. As a result we secured a quarter of a million pounds in 2015 to fund a 3 year programme called active Fenland to drive participation in sport.
Thanks to the work of the Active Fenland team the programme of walking football, no strings badminton, table tennis, swim fit and much more has been a great success. In 2018 a further £325,000 was awarded to Fenland and Peterborough to continue their work for a further 3 years.
Alongside my work to get funding to improve sports facilities locally we need to encourage those who are not members of sports clubs to be active as this is far better for their health than taking pills. Events like the park run in Whittlesey and the Junior Park Run in Wisbech, set up with the support of Active Fenland, are great additions to our area.