Parliamentary Netball Team


A message from Caroline Dinenage MP:

Some of you may recall back in the dim, distant past of 2011, I ran a ‘Back to Netball’ course in partnership with England Netball for people working in Parliament.

Recently, prompted by a few enquiries from Members and staffers alike, I met with England Netball to discuss rebooting the programme. So this email is really about trying to get a feel for the level of interest.

The initial plan is to have a 10-12 week ‘Back to Netball’ plan of active coaching, ball-work and match play – ideally before work on a Tuesday or Wednesday. It doesn’t matter if you are a keen ‘net baller’, if you haven’t played since school, or ever! It will be for all ages, skill levels and finesses (trust me!!)

If there’s sufficient interest and enthusiasm, we could then look at setting up as an actual Parliament team, with a view to playing a few games and maybe even entering into a local league.

If you wish to take part, please email Caroline Dinenage.

Civil Service Sports Council – Sports and Leisure


CSSC logoWhat is it?

Established in 1921, the CSSC is a non-profit organisation exclusive to current or retired public sector employees and civil servants – including the staff of Members of Parliament.

With over 160,000 Members, its goal is to help to support its members with their physical, financial and mental wellbeing.

What’s in it for you?

The scheme has hundreds of benefits, including cashback and vouchers for major supermarkets, free entry to attractions such as English Heritage and Cadw, cashback and discounts at restaurants, gyms, theatres and cinemas.

According to their website: “On average, a regular CSSC member saves over £100 per year, with some members saving over £1,000 a year.  Look after your health and wellbeing with over 4,200 offers, savings and exclusive member benefits. Make huge savings on sports, retail, fitness, days out, experiences and more.”

  • Get and stay active
  • Free Days Out
  • Discounted days out
  • Tastecard and movies – Discounted restaurants, takeaway, cinema and movie streaming
  • MySavings+
  • Local offers – Volunteer run offers & Virtual Events
  • Volunteering Opportunities –
  • CSSC Community lottery

Who is eligible to join?  

See the eligibility list here.  The staff of MPs and Peers should select either ‘House of Commons’ or ‘House of Lords’ as appropriate.

How to join

Membership £4.99 month which you can pay by direct debit.

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Commons and Lords Rugby Football Club




Everyone who works on the Parliamentary Estate is eligible to play – Members, Peers, Members’ staff, catering staff, security teams etc.

We play a modified version of the full contact game, with golden oldie rules and uncontested scrums to ensure that everyone enjoys the game.  Our fixtures for the 2021/22 season are below.  The Six Nations fixtures are played on the mornings of the England games.

If you would like to play, or would like more information, please contact Mark Pawsey on

Opposition Date Details
Army XV Thursday 25 November (TBC) A special charitable fixture to raise funds for Combat Stress.

Honorary Artillery Company, London (TBC)

Annual Dinner Friday 26thNovember House of Commons
Scottish Parliament (A) Saturday 5thFebruary Edinburgh
Wales (H) Saturday 26thFebruary Richmond RFC
Ireland (H) Saturday 12thMarch Venue TBC, London
France (A) Saturday 19thMarch Paris
TBC May 2022 Charity game at Twickenham Stadium

This is annual fixture played on the hallowed turf. Priority will be given to those parliamentarians who have supported the Club throughout the year.

Re-launch of the Women’s Parliamentary Cricket Team


Two years ago today, Meg Williams organised the successful inaugural event which took place at Lord’s Cricket Ground, and later that summer a small team took part in their first soft ball cricket tournament.  Needless to say, the last two years have been particularly busy, but with the light at the end of the tunnel in sight, this month will see the re-launch of the team.

With this in mind, the WPCT would be delighted if you are able to attend the first event on Monday 12 April, at 15h00 with Clare Connor, incoming President of the MCC, Managing Director Women’s Cricket, ECB and Former England captain for our virtual Cricket and Coffee event.

The team is for all abilities, whether you are new to the game, a professional or just have a passion for the sport and would like to get involved and learn more – open to MPs, Peers and staff of both.

The aim of this event is recruit members of the Women’s Parliamentary Cricket Team, with the aim of setting up a regular training schedule, ready for some fixtures, as well as social events throughout the year.

To RSVP to the event, or if you would like to get involved with the team please email

Women’s Parliamentary Cricket Team


Welcome to Lords, MPs and Staff of both Houses – we are looking for new recruits of all abilities. The team is looking to hold semi regular training sessions, and some summer fixtures, as well as social events.

Our first event is a Virtual Cricket and Coffee, with Clare Connor – incoming President of the MCC, Managing Director Women’s Cricket, ECB and Former England captain.

If you’ve got an interest for cricket, and would like to have a try but haven’t before had the chance, please email

Westminster Wanderers Football Club


Westminster Wanderers Football Club is an established and successful adult amateur Sunday league club.  The club is affiliated to the London FA and plays in the Southern Sunday Football League which operates across Lambeth, Wandsworth and Merton.

We have players from politics, researchers, advisers, public affairs, policy, the civil service, PR, journalism, academia and beyond, and are cross-party.  We’re very grateful for the support we’ve had and players we’ve found from W4MP in recent years.​​​​

We welcome new players and would be delighted if you want to get in touch and try out for the Club.  Just contact us and we’ll provide you with details of forthcoming sessions. We also have a casual 8aside match on Monday night for players who can’t be involved in regular 11aside.

We are an FA Charter Standard Club and run four teams in league and cup competitions. The Club is managed by a committee and has policies for welfare and the health and safety of our players.

Our home ground is Fishponds Field in Tooting and we have practice sessions most weeks usually at Battersea Park.  The club also has a strong social programme and an annual tour which has taken us to Iceland, Latvia and Spain in recent years.

You can see more about us on social media – on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter (@WestminsterWFC). And you can reach us via these channels or email:  Please do get in touch.