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- 09 July 2014 00:00
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MPs, Peers and visitors to Westminster have been able to sample the recent Sport England Parliamentary Exhibition to see how the agency is getting more people across the country playing sport communities.
Held in the Upper Waiting Hall at Westminster and visited by 29 MPs, the exhibition highlighted how Sport England’s insight and investment has so far helped get 1.7 million more people playing sport since London won the bid to host Olympic and Paralympic Games.
"The exhibition is a fantastic opportunity for us to showcase our work to parliamentarians,” said Sport England Business Partnerships Director Tanya Joseph.
"It allows us to show them how we are working to get more people playing sport regularly across the country and in their own constituencies.
"They are always interested to see how our money and advice are making sport happen locally and are keen to encourage their local clubs and community groups to come to us for support.”
Now in its third year, the exhibition also saw the return of the Wattbike - an Olympic static training bike on loan from British Cycling.
Parliamentarians were challenged to see how far they could ride in 30 seconds.
Nineteen MPs took part in the challenge including, for the first time, two serving Ministers who were Minister for Europe David Lidington and Minister for Skills and Enterprise Matt Hancock.
But it was last year’s champion Mark Spencer, the Conservative Member for Sherwood, who retained the yellow jersey as he finished top of the leaderboard with an impressive 482 metres.
Whilst cooling down, Parliamentarians were told about how Sport England help clubs apply for funding and how the agency works with local authorities at a strategic level to support the delivery of high-quality, value-for-money sporting facilities in their communities.
Every MP whose constituency has benefited from Sport England investment was also given a tailored funding information sheet about the clubs and projects supported in their area.
The four-day exhibition finished on a high note when Dorit Chomer, who was featured in the exhibition display as the disability sport case study, met her MP Bob Blackman.
Dorit qualified as a gym instructor through the InstructAbility programme, which received £850,000 of funding from Sport England’s Inclusive Sport fund.
Blackman was impressed with the way the Sport England funded project had given her a new lease of life following a serious injury and severe illness.