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Roger Gale backs CCPR Sports Club Campaign  (October 23rd 2007)
North Thanetís MP, Roger Gale, has this week joined former Liverpool and England Footballer (And "Strictly Come Dancing" participant!) John Barnes at the House of Commons to back the CCPR (Central Council for Physical Recreation) campaign to get more financial support down to grass roots and, particularly, to clubs that do not have premises and facilities of their own and cater for young people.

Speaking at the Commons on Tuesday the MP said:

"Each week hundreds of young people across North Thanet and throughout East Kent take part in events organised by local voluntary clubs - from football to basketball, from hockey to trampolining and athletics.

At present some of these clubs are receiving money through the Community Amateur Sports Club  (CASC) scheme - but not to support their work with young people.

This campaign is designed to extend the benefits of CASC to include tax relief on junior subscriptions for sports clubs. That could release money to pay for anything from new team kit to rowing boats or basket balls. This is all particularly relevant in the run up to the 2012 Olympic Games".
Roger Gale and John Barnes
John Barnes with Roger Gale
And John Barnes adds:
“Sport should always be high up on the political agenda. I know from my experience as a player, as a coach and as an ambassador for Access Sport the power that sport has to unite communities, to build confidence and to help people get fit and healthy.  The support of MPs like Roger is a vital part of that work and we both know how important even small amounts of extra cash can be for clubs.

This campaign is about getting kids active and healthy and recognising the amazing work that amateur sports clubs do around the country".

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