FORMER prime minister Tony Blair was in Cramlington this week to encourage youngsters to get more involved in sport.
He visited students at Burnside Primary School on Tuesday to see how they are benefiting from the work of the Tony Blair Sports Foundation, set up by the ex-Sedgefield MP after leaving Parliament.
The 58-year-old, now a peace envoy to the Middle East, also called on pupils to get involved in the annual tennis and indoor rowing competitions run by the foundation.
Mr Blair said: “From the very beginning, the sports foundation has been about opening up grass-roots sports to more people across the north east by training volunteers and coaches and placing them where they are needed the most.
“Working with many schools, businesses and sports clubs, our tennis and indoor rowing competitions have already been a great success in recent years.
“They’ve given thousands of children access to sports they might not otherwise have had the chance to take part in, and this year we want to use the inspiration of the Olympics to go further.”
While at the school, Mr Blair was presented with a Cramlington United shirt bearing the number ten.