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400,000+ readers leisure opportunities 14 january – 27 january 2011 ISSUE 545 Daily news & jobs: www.leisureopportunities.co.uk Gove reveals school sports plans pEtE Hayman


Education secretary Michael Gove has outlined the coali- tion government’s proposals for the future delivery and funding of school sports. Every secondary school is


to receive a share of £65m in 2011-12 and 2012-13 to help PE teachers drive up partic- ipation in primary schools. Te funding, which will pay for PE teachers to spend time out of the classroom one day a week, will also help establish a fixture network for schools to encourage competition. Meanwhile, school sport


Swansea’s Cwmdonkin Park has secured funding


Four park schemes secure HLF backing


pEtE Hayman School Sport Partnerships will stay until the end of summer term 2011


partnerships will be funded by the Department of Education until the end of the 2011 sum- mer term at a cost of £47m. National Lottery funding will be used to establish a framework of competition as part of the School Games concept, while competitive sport will be at the heart of a revised PE curriculum.


David Bernstein nominated to chair FA


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David Bernstein has been nomi- nated to become the new chair of the Football Association (FA). Te FA Board unanimously backed


Bernstein’s nomination, with the organisation’s council to endorse the appointment on 25 January. Acting chair Roger Burden said:


“Te board was united in its view that David would make an excellent choice as chair of the organisation. We look forward to working with David to take the FA forward in the best inter- ests of football at all levels.”


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Elsewhere, Dame Kelly Holmes will be


invited to lead ‘sporting advocates’ to help promote school sport around the country, while the Youth Sport Trust will be funded to expand the Young Ambassadors programme, with every secondary school able to appoint ambassadors ahead of the 2012 Olympics.


Mayoral approval for Battersea plans


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Real Estate Opportunities’ (REO) bid to rede- velop Battersea Power Station has cleared its latest planning milestone with the green light from London mayor Boris Johnson. Te £5.5bn scheme – designed by Rafael


Viñoly – was approved by Wandsworth Council last month and will include support towards an extension of the Northern Line. REO’s plans for the site include the restora-


tion of the Grade II*-listed power station site - decommissioned in 1983 - and 700,000sq ſt (65,032sq m) of restaurant and retail space. A hotel, community facilities, a conference centre, a riverside park and public access to the


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Te project will rejuvenate the historic power station


restored areas of the power station building are also proposed as part of the development. Johnson said: “With its future secured


through this regeneration, it will once again play a part in driving London’s economy.”


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Four historic UK parks are to undergo major restoration work after National Lottery funding support was confirmed. Wandle Park in Croydon and Te Green


in Allerdale, Cumbria, are to receive a share of £3.1m from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and Big Lottery Fund (BIG). Swansea’s Cwmdonkin Park and Aberdeen’s Duthie Park will benefit from a separate £3.3m investment by the HLF. An additional 11 parks will receive a share of £900,000 of initial HLF/BIG support.


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