Supporting Wealden Sports Clubs

⚽ Securing funding for Wealden Clubs

The non-League football structure across England plays a key role in local communities and is often a starting point for many talented footballers. Grassroots football is at the heart of Wealden sport and I will continue to campaign for improvements to their facilities.

🎉 RESULT FOR Hailsham United JFC

In spring 2021, I met with the Chairman of Hailsham United Junior Football Club to support the campaign to improve their facilities and establish a permanent base at Maurice Thornton Playing Field. I helped convene meetings between representatives of Hailsham United Junior Football Club, Hailsham Active, Wealden District Council and local conservative councillors. I'm pleased that following months of campaigning, Wealden District Council has agreed to offer Hailsham Town Council a lease extension for up to 50 years, securing the ground for recreational use for many years to come.

After raising the issue of lack of investment in local football clubs with the Premier League, I am pleased to have secured various grants:

  • In June 2020, seven grants worth £14,500 in total have been awarded through the Pitch Preparation Club to: Alderbrook playing field, Crowborough; Fords Green, Nutley; Forest Row sports ground; Hadlow Down MW cricket club; Hailsham Town FC; Lime Kiln playing field, Crowborough and The Oaks, Uckfield.
  • In October 2021, £10,000 worth of investment was shared between Crowborough Athletic FC, Hailsham Town FC and AFC Uckfield Town through the Premier League's Matchday Support Fund.

I have also successfully supported Crowborough Athletic FC and Hailsham Town FC with their fundraisers to further improve facilities and I supported Buxted FC to support their Chairman’s plea for new defibrillator, after their kit was vandalised in 2021.

Advocating for sports clubs and facilities during Covid-19 pandemic

🐎 Supporting Wealden Polo

Polo has a long tradition in British sport and I'm proud to have been re-elected as Vice-Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Polo in April 2021.

Polo grounds are important local employers presenting a cascade of full- and part-time work opportunities and the sport injects huge amounts of capital into the UK economy, attracting sponsorship from many industries and audiences and players from across the world. I am proud that Wealden is the home to the only fully HPA affiliated club to have both summer and winter polo facilities in the wider area of Sussex. Oakwood Park is an incredible facility and offers a wide range of activities for everyone to learn or master polo and enjoy the game.


Hailsham football pitch saved

A Hailsham football club’s training pitch has been saved after months of campaigning.

Wealden District Council has agreed to offer Hailsham Town Council a lease extension to secure the future of Maurice Thornton Playing Field, off Marshfoot Lane.

Buxted Football Club supported by Wealden MP in plea for new defibrillator

Nusrat Ghani, MP for Wealden is urging people to help Buxted Football Club in its fundraising efforts for a new defibrillator and to pay for training in its use. This follows the ruthless vandalism recently when two people were caught on CCTV completely destroying the vital equipment.