10 MAR 2015

Minister Praises Sport Activity at Loose Primary School

Maidstone, Kent 06-03-15: Helen Grant MP, Minister for Sport, is looking closely at sport development across the country, particularly within younger people at grass roots levels. On Friday 6th March she visited Loose Primary school in Maidstone.

'We will only increase participation in sport, and reap all of the benefits that brings to individuals, communities and society as a whole, if our youngsters are encouraged to try a range of different options from the earliest ages. Schools with a special interest in sport catch my eye as prime movers.' Said Helen.

Headmaster Darren Webb said 'We value sporting activities highly, knowing the immense benefits it can have on developing self-confidence and self-esteem as well as a host of other plusses. We have extensive grounds and our own indoor swimming pool. Our children swim all year round, taught by qualified swimming coaches, and all leave the school able to swim well. And we compete successfully with other local schools, in a wide range of sports, in local and county tournaments – evidenced by our success in girls football right now'.

Loose Primary School girls 7-a-side football team recently made it to the SE regional finals of the under 11's Danone Nations Cup – scheduled to take place on Saturday 23rd March at the London Marathon playing fields in Greenwich.

Helen toured the school and observed teachers and children involved with a wide range of different activities. She then explained her role as minister to an assembly of students and teachers before taking a series of interesting and searching questions from the children, about her personal experiences in sport and as an MP and a Minister.

Before departing she met the girls football team for a photo and to wish them the best of luck in their forthcoming tournament.

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