James in his fencing kit

James in his fencing kit
© A. Boubaker

Dunfermline South By-Election Candidate James Calder has called on Fife Council to offer more support for community sports clubs.

James has been a keen fencer since he was a child, having fenced at Dunfermline Fencing Club for most of his life as well as competing for Scottish and British age group teams. It is this experience that makes James perfectly suited to encouraging development of community sport, especially for children.

James commented ‘I know from my experience as a fencer that sport can play a great role for everyone to live a healthier life. It is especially important for children to get involved in sports from an early age, as this will make them fitter, competitive and more disciplined, helping them later in life.

While Fife Council does already provide some support such as use of facilities and some grants, I think more should be done to both encourage children to take up sport, especially in an extra-curricular sense. More can be done to assist clubs, as often even council facilities can be expensive, and we can maybe offer better deals on Council facilities. This could be done for example as an incentive for clubs to do more in local communities such as giving free demonstration classes to schools.’

I am open to other ideas and dialogue from those involved in the local sports community in Dunfermline, and would encourage anyone from other sports clubs to contact me if they feel they can contribute to this discussion.