PM’s up for the cup
Prime Minister – and local MP – Theresa May visited the Berkshire County Sports Club in Sonning on Friday to open two refurbished squash courts. As part of her visit, she presented the club with a new Prime Minister’s Cup and also joined in some of the youngsters with the new dance craze the floss.
THE MAYOR of Wokingham Borough had the privilege of helping the Prime Minister open two newly refurbished squash courts in Sonning on Friday.
Cllr John Kaiser watched as Theresa May cut the ribbon at the Berkshire Country Sports Club, surrounded by young club members.
Then, after the Prime Minister inspected the squash courts at the Sonning Lane venue, she joined more club members to hand over the new Prime Minister’s Cup, which the club will present to a member at its June AGM.
And then she joined local children in the latest dance craze: the floss.
Young members of Woodley Saints Henry (9) and Violet (6) showed her how they could dance the floss, and the game Prime Minister followed suit.
She was at the sports club in her constituency to officially open newly refurbished squash courts at the Sonning Lane club.
Cllr Kaiser made a speech reiterating the borough council’s commitment to sports and leisure and emphasising that the club’s squash courts are part of its investment in sports and leisure across the whole borough.
He said: “It gives me great pleasure to be here today to open yet another sports facility in the borough and I thank the Prime Minister who, of course, is our local MP, for finding time in her very busy schedule to take part in the opening of this centre.
“It is important we recognise the vital role the voluntary sector plays in sport, leisure and recreation across our borough.
“The Berkshire County Sports Club in Sonning is run entirely by volunteers and has provided a wide range of highquality sports activities for more than 60 years.
“I hope this investment here in the squash courts demonstrates our continued support for the club and its members, which has now reached more than 1,000.”
He added: “These squash courts form an important part in the borough-wide investment programme for sport and leisure facilities across the whole borough. We’re investing millions of pounds in improving our leisure offer to residents at a time when other local authorities around the country are looking to scale back leisure provision and close centres.
“We believe that facilities such as these are important not only for the physical and mental wellbeing of residents, which also enriches people’s lives through the social aspects that come with memberships of clubs such as these.”
Speaking to The Wokingham Paper afterwards, the club’s vice president Kevin Mist said: “Our courts are a hidden gem, not many people know they are there.
He added: “We have around 1,000 members for all kinds of sports including pool, rugby, hockey, tennis, squash, snooker and cricket.
“There are three types of rugby: league, union and touch rugby.”
He was also pleased that the Prime Minister had donated a cup.
“She was very happy to put her name to it,” he said. “It will be presented to a member of the club who, during the year, has contributed the most to develop the club as a whole.”
Wokingham Borough Council has invested £35,000 to refurbish the squash courts at Berkshire County Sports Club.
The courts are available for members of the public to use, from 7am until 10pm, seven days a week and can be booked via the club’s website at: www.berkshirecountysports.club/bookonline. Sessions cost £8 per court, the same price as other borough facilities.
Local veterans who play in the Berkshire Veterans League as well as local businesses in the Berkshire Business Leagues all play their competitive matches at Berkshire County Sports Club. During school term-time, Blue Coat use the courts as part of their sports syllabus.
Members of Berkshire County Sports Club with the Prime Minister and Wokingham Borough officers at the relaunch of two squash courts at Sonning venue, where she danced the floss (right) and presented a new cup to the club (far right)