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Chesterfield MP goes back to his sporting roots

24 September 2012

  • Perkins coaches Panthers youngsters
  • Labour MP impressed by old club’s new ground
Chesterfield MP Toby Perkins coaching at Chesterfield Panthers

Photo: RFU Archive

Toby Perkins, the Labour MP for Chesterfield, swapped his business suit for a tracksuit when he helped to coach Chesterfield Panthers RFC’s Under 15 side recently.

Perkins, a former Chesterfield player, lists sport and youth involvement among his political interests and he was back at his old club to help assist the youth coaches with the training session.

“It’s great to see so many young people being passionate and getting involved in the sport they love at Chesterfield Panthers. Clubs like the Panthers are an important part of the Chesterfield community and have so much to offer Chesterfield’s young people,” Perkins said.

“I have a lot of admiration for the coaches down at Chesterfield Panthers who give up their free time to inspire the young people in our town and I wish them all the best for the new season.” 

The training session followed a visit by Perkins to Chesterfield’s new ground development at Dunston.

The £1.9 million project will see the creation of Chesterfield’s first multi-use floodlit training facility comprising three rugby pitches, a gym, games area and multi-sport training pitch.

“There is no doubt that the facilities being developed in Dunston will be a coup for sport in Chesterfield,” Perkins said.

“I hope that facilities of this nature can help to encourage a new generation of people to become involved in sport and help the sports clubs in Chesterfield to thrive in the spotlight of the Olympic legacy.”