Sunday, 5 April 2009

Ever thought of sport?

About twenty years ago there was a very successful campaign that encouraged people to take up sport to keep fit. I think its message is as important today as it was then.

Yesterday was sponsors' day at Camborne Rugby Club. They had a big match against Tiverton which they won 21-14 but it was a tense game. This weekend also saw Hayle RFC host a mini-Rugby tournament for the South West.

My family's business, Trevaskis Farm at Connor Downs, sponsor Camborne Rugby Club. My father played rugby for Camborne, Redruth and Hayle but regards Camborne as his home club. So I was delighted to have the chance join them on a day when they did so well.

In some ways they have lost out to other clubs as a result of the commercialisation of rugby but they are an absolute rock when it comes to their work in the community. They have teams for every year age group from the youngest mini rugby right up to colts and still play three senior teams. They have also been fantastic at playing younger players in their main team so that they get some experience.

I think that amateur sports clubs like this have a crucial role to play in our community. We need to have the club structures there to support and encourage children into the sport they love. As a boy, I was a runner and will always remember the time that volunteers gave up to coach me and drive the mini bus away to races at the weekend.

Groups like this are the bedrock of our society and we need to help them more.