The Prime Minister is hosting a reception for the BMC in 'Celebration of British Mountaineering' at No.10 Downing Street on Wednesday 8th October 2008.
The event is being held in recognition of the work of the BMC, of all British mountaineering activities and the current role our sport plays in contributing to a fit and active nation in the 21st century. The reception will be hosted personally by The Rt Hon Gordon Brown MP and attended by government ministers, MPs, members of the House of Lords and senior civil servants.
The BMC has submitted a list of people to be invited including senior figures from the mountaineering world and key partner organisations, a number of BMC volunteers, competition climbers, the outdoor media and leading grassroots activists in rock climbing, mountaineering, hill walking, and exploration. Guest numbers are limited so regrettably not everyone can be invited.
The occasion will be a unique opportunity to put climbing and mountaineering more firmly on the political agenda within central Government, the Department of Culture, Media and Sport and organisations such as Natural England and Sport England. It also coincides with the deadline for the BMC’s application for Sports Council funding over the next four years.
We would like to thank John Mann MP for helping to set up this important occasion. Downing Street has even agreed to have a mobile climbing tower in the garden of No.10, so that the guests can provide a demonstration!
BMC President Charles Clarke commented: ‘This is a unique opportunity for our sport. Whether it's climbing indoor walls, rock climbing on sea cliffs, bagging Munros or heading off on Himalayan adventures – climbing is a sport that touches lives in way that few sports can. It's great to see Government recognise that we have something really special to offer.’
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