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Issue No 517 £2.00 news & jobs updated daily online
8 December - 14 December 2009 Circulation 23,035 (July 07 – June 08)
Community sports clubs in the UK 'defying recession'
By Pete Hayman CCPR chief executive Tim
Lamb said: "Hopefully, what
Community sports clubs across we're beginning to see is the
the UK are withstanding the fruit of policies designed to
recession after reporting an deliver a legacy from the
increase in membership levels, Olympic Games, bringing more
according to new research by people into more clubs.
the Central Council of Physical "It shouldn't be any surprise
Recreation (CCPR). that people are joining their
An independent study of local sports club despite the
3,000 clubs – commissioned current financial downturn
by the CCPR every other year – communities tend to come to
to gauge the state of grass- the fore during crises and
roots sports – found that 34 Junior football is among the sports to report the largest growth sports clubs are at the very
per cent had seen an increase heart of communities."
in the number of adult motor sports and junior of the government's attempts Despite the increase in
memberships and 40 per cent football among the sports to to increase the number of membership levels, the
in junior memberships. report the largest growth since people participating in sport recession has impacted on
A total of 73 sports were 2007. It is hoped that the ahead of the London 2012 finances, with the average
represented in the Survey of results from the CCPR study Olympics through additional profit per club declining by a
Sports Clubs 2009, with sailing, demonstrate the positive effect levels of investment. third due to increasing costs.
David Lloyd unveils £1.5m Raynes Park proposals
Harlow complex
Indoor bowling alley and children's centre scheduled for completion in early 2010
opening delayed
A problem with the
By Pete Hayman linked to the revamped installation of fire
bowling venue to offer dampers at the new
A new indoor bowling alley and educational and fitness sessions, £25m Leisurezone leisure
a purpose-built children's centre play and after-school activities. complex in Harlow, Essex,
are set to be created as part of DLKids currently offers more has forced the opening
a £1.5m scheme unveiled by than 2,000 activities each week of the facility to be put
David Lloyd Leisure (DLL) to across the country, including on hold.
improve leisure facilities in sessions for specific age groups, Forming part of the
Raynes Park, London. sports coaching led by wider Harlow Gateway
DLL's main health club in specialist instructors and pre- regeneration scheme, it
Raynes Park will remain The DLKids venue will offer a and post-natal activities. had been hoped that
unaffected by work on the range of children's activities The new facilities, which have Abingdon-based contrac-
scheme, which will result in a been designed for use by the tor Leadbitter would hand
complete overhaul of the area's A range of activities and local community, will be open over the venue to the
existing bowling facilities. The programmes for families with to both members and non- Gateway partners by
new venue will operate under children will be provided by the members and are scheduled for Christmas 2009.
the DLKids brand. DLKids venue, which will be completion in early 2010.
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