Sevenoaks clubs come together for Showcase 2022

Credit: HC Knole Park

At the end of June, over 30 Sevenoaks District sports clubs, groups and associated organisations descended on Knole Academy in Sevenoaks for the inaugural Sevenoaks Sport & Wellbeing Showcase event.

Members of the public were encouraged to get involved with the many sports skills and demonstrations taking place within the grounds with martial arts, tennis, football, rugby and hockey on the main playing field. The Rock Choir gave a solid performance for over half an hour and Popup Sue from Age UK got everyone stretching and balancing with
the message that we need to keep going as we get older.

Members of the public were also able to get a free NHS check from the One You Kent team, watch CPR demonstrations from the Sevenoaks CPR Charity and chat to the Army and Air Cadets, plus Kent Police. The One You Kent team said: “We had a busy and very productive event, we managed to see around 25 participants, which was a really good number, for us”.

The Showcase event was applauded by Active Kent & Medway as the first of its kind in the county and they look forward to the event returning in 2023, something which is actively being planned. Stuart Butler from Active Kent
& Medway gushed: “The Showcase was amazing and we would hope to see this kind of event rolled out across the wider Kent county for all our communities”.

The guest of honour on the day was Sevenoaks’ very own GB athlete Issy Fassnidge (pictured left talking with Laura Trott MP). Issy is Sevenoaks’ next Olympic hopeful, after being selected to represent Great Britain in the Skeleton, and it was a pleasure to have her present at the event, talking about her future ambitions to both young followers and old.

The Showcase attracted some fantastic comments from local clubs including HC Knole Park who commented: “We had an awesome afternoon at the Showcase! Thanks to everyone who gave hockey a try in the #KPArena and on the pitch!”

West Kingsdown Boxing Club added: “What a great day at the Sevenoaks Sport & Wellbeing event, it was great meeting Laura Trott MP and Active Kent & Medway – who provided our gloves for our Parkinson’s class – we made lots of contacts and looking forward to working with them going forward!”

Laura Trott MP was also in attendance and commented: “As a community we are so lucky to have such sporting groups on our doorstep… so if you know someone who could benefit, encourage them to sign up to one of the many groups that are available.”

It goes without saying that without the generosity of the Showcase sponsors, the event would not
have been able to take place. So thank you to headline sponsors Better Body Group and supporters Active Kent & Medway and Savills.