§ Mr. Spring
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if he will list(a) the people who have been made sporting ambassadors since May 1997, (b) the sporting ambassadors still in post, (c) how many official visits they have made and (d) where they made official visits. 
§ Mr. Banks
[holding answer 8 February 1999]: The Sporting Ambassadors Scheme was successfully piloted in four English Sports Council (ESC) regions in 1997. It involved 37 schools, of which 23 were primary; 11 were secondary; two were special and one was a community college.
The pilot phase involved a total of 18 Ambassadors representing 15 different sports. The Ambassadors were as follows:
Sport Allison Curbishley Athletics Arnie Sidebottom Cricket Chris Leonard Rowing Danielle Sanderson Athletics Dave Rice Athletics Eve Miller Athletics Jill Atkins Hockey Jo Durie Tennis Joe Lydon Rugby League Kenneth Churchill Paralympic Athlete Kevan Baker Paralympic Athlete Liz Talbot Athletics Mick Hill Athletics Mike McFarlane Athletics Paula Blank Athletics Samantha Adamson Athletics Steve Sylvester Cricket Sue Rolph Swimming
Around 2,110 pupils attended school assemblies, awards ceremonies or question and answer sessions involving a Sporting Ambassador. A total of 1,567 pupils also enjoyed first hand contact with Ambassadors through coaching or participation. Feedback from the pilot stage suggested that most benefit was gained when the Sporting Ambassadors lived locally, could be seen out training and who could identify with the school and pupils.
The Sporting Ambassadors Scheme is now being rolled out on a national basis and the English Sports Council aims to set up 10 visits in each of the 10 Sports Council regions. These visits are currently being set up and will take place during the spring and summer school terms.
A list of the sportsmen and women who have agreed to become Sporting Ambassadors as at 5 February is as follows. In addition, Rob Andrew MBE, Tanni Grey MBE and Denise Lewis MBE are the lead Ambassadors and will work with the ESC to promote the scheme and forge links with sport.
Sport Kendra Slawinski OBE Netball Katy Roberts Hockey Mark Palmer Paralympics Isabel Newstead Paralympics Danielle Sanderson Athletics Joanne Goode Athletics Paula Blank Athletics Julian Halls Hockey Fleur Horner Rounders Sarah Price Swimming Karen Pickering MBE Swimming Donna Kellogg Badminton Eleanor Harvey Rounders Paula Radcliffe Athletics Jo Mould Hockey Emma Shepherd Rounders Linzi William Rounders Karen Frape Rounders Ian Harrison Paralympics Joanne Davies Badminton Colin North Cricket James Brindle Cricket Thomas Evans Paralympics Paul Ratcliffe Canoeing Tim Brabants Canoeing Rachel Crosbee Canoeing Ian Raspin Canoeing Heather Corrie Canoeing Tim Reddish Paralympics Clare Ryan Rounders Julian Golding Athletics Billy Waugh Hockey Nick Thompson Hockey Kelly Holmes MBE Athletics Debbie Bampton MBE Football Richard Nerurkar Athletics Julia Mann Badminton Anna Hemmings Canoeing Tricia Davey Canoeing Joanne Zinzan Netball Paula Woods Swimming Jenny Hunter Swimming Kathy Osher Swimming Donna Fraser Athletics Lorna Boothe Athletics James Clark Canoeing Stephen Harris Canoeing Rebecca Train Canoeing Ivan Lawler Canoeing
Sport Karen Brown Hockey Tanya Woodward Badminton Deborah Keeley Ice Skating Ken Churchill Paralympics Emma Haworth Rounders Nicola Simms Rounders Martyn Smith Gymnastics Dominic Flood Fencing Mark Flores Gymnastics Scott Holmes Triathlete Graeme Storm Golf Gayle Adamson Swimming John Quinn Badminton Stephen Miller Paralympics Kirsty Wade Athletics Hazel Robson Athletics Graham Ratcliffe Mountaineering Alan Hinkes Mountaineering Allyn Condon Athletics Robert Crutchley Hockey Vicki Horner Swimming Colin Haughton Badminton Steve Shaw Paralympics Angela Jones Rounders Helen Don-Duncan Swimming Sara Sankey Badminton Rob Anderson Paralympics Jeanette Chippington Paralympics Steven Sylvester Cricket Paul Morris Gymnastics John Shaw Hockey Steve Redgrave CBE Rowing Anthony Downs Paralympics Sion Brinn Swimming Neil Willey Swimming Paul Palmer Swimming Mark Stevens Swimming Jo Jackson Paralympics Rebecca Pantaney Badminton Allison Curbishley Athletics Lucy Newcombe Hockey David Hempleman-Adams Mountaineer Katherine Merry Athletics Sarah Blanks Hockey Janet Mcmorran Paralympics Rachel Dunn Rounders Nigel Capewell Paralympics Alan Ash Paralympics Lorraine Cole Badminton Adam Ruckwood Swimming David Byas Cricket Daniel Cook Rugby Union Arnie Sidebottom Cricket Joe Lydon Rugby League Meghan Fenoughty Rounders Suzzana Thorpe Rounders Graham Nash Hockey Dean Thomas Paralympics Kevan Baker Paralympics Ian Wilson Swimming Linda Hindmarsh Swimming Clare Taylor Cricket, Football, Hockey