On Friday last week, I was delighted to welcome back to Folkestone, Tracey Crouch, the Minister for Sport, who went to school in the town. We visited the Folkestone Sports Centre and the Three Hills Sports complex on Cheriton Road. The Shepway Sports Trust also gave a presentation on their work across the district to improve the rates of participation on sport and improve access to facilities and coaching. There’s a lot of exciting things happening with sport in Shepway and it was a great opportunity to show them off to the minister in charge of policy nationally.
The Sports Trust invests in community facilities, training coaches and co-ordinating links between schools and sports clubs across the district. This pioneering approach is helping more people get involved in a wide range of sports. If you are interested, either in getting involved, in playing or in coaching, you can find out more about the Shepway Sports Trust at www.shepwaysportstrust.org
Gillingham football club is also starting its second season working with young people in Shepway. In partnership with the district council they have been using sport to reengage young people with education and healthier lifestyles, and with excellent results. The club is also running at school for players between the ages of 5 and 14 at the Three Hills Sports centre on 26th and 27th October. More details can be found at the club’s website www.gillinghamfootballclub.com