Free Sports for Swanley

Michael recently attended a Swanley FC football training session to show his support for a new initiative to provide young people in Swanley with free access to a range of sports around the town.

The initiative is funded by Kent Police and the Crime Commissioners Office under one of PCC Mathew Scott’s grant initiatives.

The programme is designed to get young people involved in positive activities and provide them with just a taste of what activities Swanley has to offer.  Each activity runs for 6 weeks and the Town Council are currently providing Football on Wednesday afternoons and Saturday Lunch Times, Boxing Sessions on a Tuesday Evening and Survival Skills on a Saturday.  Working with the local Rugby Club, Junior Rugby Sessions will be available from March along with Tennis provided by a local Tennis Coach.

Michael attended a training session for 5-7 year olds run by Swanley FC coaches.  Michael said: “It was great to see such enthusiastic kids even in driving rain. Getting them outside is the key. Let’s hope some will go on to play for local youth teams”.

The funding has so far enabled six coaches to train in Football and Rugby, and 50 young people each week are learning new skills.

In addition to free sports sessions, the funding will pay for equipment such as rackets, trainers and sports strips, and will contribute to the transport costs of getting young people where they need to be.

Swanley Rugby Club

Swanley Rugby Football Club
Swanley Rugby Football Club

Michael was delighted to be present for the first ever match of the newly-created Swanley Rugby Football Club with a friendly against Sheppey RFC.

As a keen supporter of rugby he is pleased to lend support and congratulated all concerned with this new venture.  After meeting the team and officials Michael said:

‘This club is a community, right from kick-off.  Encouraging active lifestyles, particularly among the young, with teamwork, friendship and loyalty – these things are so important.  It can take a rugby club to bring people together; businesses, children of different ages and backgrounds, and families.

I want to congratulate everyone who has made this happen:  your Chairman and Committee, the coaching team, players and first aiders, the sponsors, Swanley Town Council and all those who support the team at home and away.  I look forward watching the progress of the Club through the season and wish them the very best of luck in the future.’