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GORDON HENDERSON MP

FOR SITTINGBOURNE & SHEPPEY

MP signs EDM to protect playing fields

27th May 2011
MP signs EDM to protect playing fields

Local MP, Gordon Henderson, has signed EDM 1793 which supports the protection and restoration of playing fields across the UK.

The motion also encourages community groups, clubs and sports organisations to apply to a new £10millon National Lottery fund, which has recently been launched by Sport England.

The fund was set up to create, improve and protect hundreds of playing fields as part of a lasting mass participation of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Full EDM Statement - EDM 1793 PROTECTION OF PLAYING FIELDS:

That this House supports the protection and restoration of playing fields across the country to help inspire a generation to play sport as part of the mass participation legacy of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games; welcomes and further supports the ongoing work of Sport England and Fields in Trust to protect playing fields; and encourages community groups, clubs and sports organisations in every part of the country to apply to the new National Lottery Fund to bring more playing fields back to life.

Mr Henderson said,

“There are relatively few playing fields in Sittingbourne and Sheppey and those we have must be preserved for use by both children and adults.

“However, playing fields only have a long term future if they are fully utilised, so I would encourage local community groups and clubs to apply to the National Lottery Fund for a grant that will allow them to make better use of our fields.”

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