MIKE Amesbury has called on the Government to provide grassroots sport in the area with the ‘support it needs’ to get through the coronavirus pandemic.

The Weaver Vale MP made the statement in a recent online meeting to discuss the impact of Covid-19 and what measures could be taken to give sporting clubs the help they need.

The virtual meeting was hosted by Alison McGovern MP, Labour’s shadow minister for sport, and also included Cheshire West and Chester Council leader Louise Gittins.

Representatives from Northwich Centurions, Halton table tennis, Chester Rugby Club and Halton and Frodsham Harriers were among those from more than 20 sporting organisations taking part.

In the meeting, it was explained that many Cheshire sports clubs and teams are now in a precarious position because of financial strains coupled with the impact of lockdown on their sport.

“Our local sports clubs are absolutely vital, not just for helping to unearth the stars of the future, promote health and social interaction, but they're also crucial for helping our communities get through this difficult time,” Mr Amesbury said.

“Sport provides a welcome distraction and brings fun and enjoyment to a lot of people's lives.

“Many of our local sports organisations have been around for a very long time, but once they're gone, they're gone.

“The Government must provide them with the support they need to get through this difficult period.”

Mrs McGovern added: “No community deserves to lose important local institutions – football clubs, athletics club, rugby teams – because of the financial damage done by coronavirus.

“It was inspiring to hear from local sports clubs about their experiences and what support they need to survive and thrive in the future.”