ROBBIE Moore, MP for Keighley and Ilkley, has spoken passionately in the House of Commons this week about the need to protect the sports clubs in his constituency.

He said all of them, including Keighley Cougars and Ilkley RFC, make a positive impact on the community's wellbeing and he hopes that they will be adequately supported through the coronavirus pandemic.

In his speech, he said: "Mr Speaker, across my constituency, we are blessed with many fantastic sports clubs which all contribute massively to our wider community wellbeing.

"I think about rugby and we've got Keighley and Ilkley Rugby Union Clubs, Keighley Albion and not to forget, Mr Speaker, the mighty Keighley Cougars.

"But they all need help. Their income streams are desperately strained, as they all rely predominantly on ticket sales, bar income and rental facilities (which are) not happening.

"So what additional support can my Rt Hon Friend provide?"

In response, he was told: "I thank the Hon member for his comments, I know again he's a huge sports fan, we've spoken many times.

"It's very, very important that the clubs not only look at the existing support measures that we've got in place, but to make sure they take full of advantage of them too.

"Obviously there is the furloughing scheme, other measures, loans and other aspects.

"Some clubs are able to take advantage of aspects, for example, of the VAT reduction, with some hospitality and leisure offerings.

"So I'd say to all clubs, please take full advantage of the full suite that is out there and of course, we are developing an additional package now."