Parliamentary Fellowship

Our Parliamentary Sports Fellowship scheme offers MPs and peers the chance to make a real difference to grassroots sport in England, both in their community and at a national level

The scheme, now in its fourth round, matches MP and peers from all parties with sports organisations for a two-year period and aims to build a better understanding of sport in Parliament.

The Fellowship also gives national governing bodies of sport (NGBs) and sports organisations champions who can help them deliver strategic and political advice and support.

Sport England set up the Parliamentary Sports Fellowship Scheme in 2005 following a recommendation by former MP Derek Wyatt that the worlds of sport and politics needed to better understand each other and work more closeley together.

MPs and peers spend seven days over the course of their fellowship with their partner organisation to gain real insight into their work and learn how sport can enrich communities. In return, employees from the partnering organisation spend three days shadowing their fellow in Westminster to gain a better understanding and appreciation of Parliament and how to effect change.

To date, the Fellowship has created 57 different partnerships, with many more still to come.