Local MP welcomes return of outdoor sports as clubs prepare to kick off training

Aylesbury MP Rob Butler welcomed the planned return of outdoor sports this Monday (29th March), when he visited local sports clubs ahead of the next stage of the lockdown roadmap.

Rob said:
“I know everybody is keen to get back playing the sport they love, and how important exercise is for our physical and mental health. It was fantastic to speak with managers and club officials and see for myself how hard they are working to prepare for the return of their players.”

Rob heard from people working at a range of clubs that plan to reopen from next week, including Aylesbury Rugby Club, Aylesbury Vale Dynamos Football Club and the Princes Risborough Golf Club. Staff explained to Rob how they have adjusted their training regimes, rule books and buildings to reduce the risk of infection, whilst providing further support to keep their members healthy during lockdown.

Rob added:
“Sports clubs are often at the centre of communities, providing opportunities for children, men and women of all abilities to play and socialise locally.

“I was struck by the work local clubs have been doing to support their members’ mental wellbeing during the coronavirus crisis. The Dynamos’ DynaBros programme, in particular, will help many young people struggling with their mental health open up and discuss an important subject that is often stigmatised among young men and boys.

“For children, sport can help foster friendships for life, whilst teaching them vital skills like teamwork and leadership. For adults, it is often an opportunity to escape the stresses of everyday life.

“I’ve heard for myself how the staff and volutneers at local clubs have ensured they can reopen safely and I’m delighted that people in Aylesbury and the surrounding villages will soon be enjoying all the benefits of outdoor sport again.”