New Patrons at Marlow Sports Club
The trustees are very pleased to announce Marlow’s own Naomi Riches MBE and Tom Kerridge as new additional patrons of Marlow Sports Club.
Both have roots in Marlow, and their appointments reflect their belief in this community hub that brings people together to enjoy sport.
Naomi, who won a bronze medal at the 2008 Summer Paralympics and a gold medal at the 2012 Paralympics for which the post box in the High Street was painted gold by Royal Mail as a tribute said “Marlow is fantastic at supporting its community, and Marlow Sports Club in turn is a fantastic facility promoting sport for everyone irrespective of ability or physical status. I’m delighted and looking forward to being a patron.”
Tom, one of the country’s celebrated chefs, is a familiar face in Marlow. He launched Pub in the Park in Marlow and, in response to the Covid crisis and the impact it was having, got together with the help of colleagues and the Pub in the Park festival team to support front-line NHS staff and the vulnerable with the Meals for Marlow initiative. Tom said “Like Naomi, I’m really delighted to become a patron of Marlow Sports Club – it’s such a great place for people to meet, get and stay fit.”
Marlow Sports Club has over 50 years of heritage and provides a diverse range of sports for all ages and abilities including cricket, cycling, junior football, hockey, petanque, running and tennis. The facilities are also shared by Sir William Borlase’s School for the purpose of school sports. Ten years ago, the Charity won a lengthy battle to prevent the site from being sold to a developer and so secure the facilities in Pound Lane when it purchased the fields, facilities and clubhouse from the former landlord Whitbread.
Neil Robertson, co-chair of the Trustee Board, said “This is such good news. I’m very grateful to Naomi and Tom for their interest and support for our sports club. As we celebrate the tenth anniversary of acquiring the site for community use, we have moved from being a club with 3 resident sports to a community facility with now seven sports and a combined membership of well over 2500 of which in excess of 1000 are juniors, with sporting and event participation beyond that figure.”
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