James in his fencing kit

James dressed for fencing

Scottish Liberal Democrat candidate for Dunfermline James Calder is backing campaigning for sport to be made top of the agenda in the Scottish Parliament. Due to it’s importance in encouraging healthy living, James would like to see much greater emphasis placed on Scottish Sport.

James commented, “Sport is important for all, both adults and children alike. As someone who has competed for Scottish age group teams in fencing, I know the importance of sport in helping people’s health and fitness. I would like to see more support and encouragement given to encourage community sport, so that as many people as possible can benefit from the opportunities that I have had. We also need to build on the legacy of the highly successful Commonwealth Games two years ago, as well as the achievements of Scottish Sporting success stories such as the Murray brothers in tennis.”

“For these reasons I am backing the Vote for Sport Pledge – ‘I pledge as a Sporting Champion to recognise the unique role, value and potential of sport in Scottish Society.’ I will continue to campaign for sport to be at the forefront of the political agenda.”

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.