Barbara Keeley MP


MP's Challenge to help more girls and young women participate in sport

sport engBarbara is taking part in a scheme run by Sport England to promote a better understanding between sport and politics.

During the 18 months of the scheme, Barbara will spend a number of days with with the the Women’s Sport and Fitness Foundation who will also be invited to spend three days with her in Parliament. Barbara has worked with the Foundation in the past, campaigning for young women to become more active in sport.

Speaking after the scheme was launched in Parliament , Barbara said:

“I am very pleased to be taking part in this important scheme. Sport is important for a variety of reasons – health and fitness, social development, and tackling anti-social behaviour. Levels of inactivity in Salford are higher than the national average, and young women are less likely to do any exercise than young men. I am very concerned about this and have raised the issue in Parliament a number of times. Working with the Women’s Sport and Fitness Foundation will give me a better insight into how we can encourage young women to be more active, and I hope to build on my campaign in the coming months."

Jennie Price, Chief Executive of Sport England, said:

“Sport should be fun and life-enhancing. But it also needs to be taken seriously by decision makers and opinion formers. The Sport England Parliamentary Sports Fellowship Scheme seeks to provide Parliamentarians with an informative insight into the world of professional, amateur and grass-roots sport.”

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