Laura Trott is the Conservative Member of Parliament for Sevenoaks & Swanley and was first elected in December 2019. She is here to help the community, regardless of how you voted, so please don’t hesitate to get in touch with her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I have spoken many times before in my column about the importance of sport – be it both physical and mental for the individual taking part, as well as for the community more widely. It brings people together and builds social bonds, it can help drive economic activity, and helps people develop skills and confidence.
I was therefore delighted to have the pleasure of attending the first Sevenoaks Sport and Wellbeing Showcase event at Knole Academy at the end of June – and it certainly did not disappoint.
At the event were over 30 stalls representing most of the major sporting clubs in the district, including tennis, football, rugby, hockey, martial arts, lacrosse, swimming, cricket, basketball, and boxing.
After a difficult few years, it was wonderful to see our local sports clubs once again thriving and celebrating great success’ – such as Sevenoaks Rugby Club winning their league this year and HC Knole Park winning national championships at different levels and age ranges.
But it’s not just about winning, but also working in a team and supporting one another.
At the event I spoke with Richard Young the club captain of Sevenoaks Hockey Club and discussed the great work they do; met the amazing West Kingsdown Boxing coaches Colin and Micky, who are working with young boy and girls, as well as Parkinson’s sufferers, and, heard from Sue Larken, who works for Age UK Sevenoaks and Tonbridge about the brilliant coffee mornings and local exercise groups she organises around many of our local villages for older people.
I also had the pleasure of meeting Issy Fassnidge from Seal. Issy is hoping to follow in the footsteps of our local Olympic gold medallist Lizzie Yarnold in the Skeleton. She has been selected for Great Britain and now that her exams are over, will be training full-time in preparation of the 2026 Winter Olympics in Milan. I look forward to seeing her represent GB in the coming years and waving the flag for Sevenoaks on the global stage.
A huge thank you to Steve and Lorraine for organising such a fantastic showcase event. The work they do to promote sport in our district is incredibly valuable – which was rightly recognised at the recent Sevenoaks Business Awards.
As a community we are so lucky to have such sporting groups on our doorstep, and as readers of Sevenoaks Sport and Wellbeing it is likely you are already involved in some way. However, don’t let the involvement stop there. If you know someone who could benefit, encourage them to sign up to one of the many groups we have available, and let’s see if we can all – this month – spread the sporting cheer!