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400,000+ readers leisure opportunities 8 MARCH – 21 MARCH 2011 ISSUE 549 Daily news & jobs: www.leisureopportunities.co.uk Snow resort for 2012 media centre pEtE hayman


A large indoor destination snow resort could be cre- ated on the site of the 2012 media complex in the heart of London’s Olympic Park. Acer Snowmec said that it


had submitted an expression of interest to the Olympic Park Legacy Company for the Snow in the City project. A consortium led by ASL


Developments has chosen Gensler to draw up plans for the scheme, which is said to deliver five Olympic legacy promises. Proposals include a 28,500sq m (306,771sq ſt) snow sports complex, which will cater for alpine skiing; cross country skiing; skier cross; boarder cross; and freerider skiing. A snowboard park with an Olympic-sized


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Visitor numbers stagnant at UK attractions


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Visitor numbers at leading UK attrac- tions remained at 2009 levels during 2010, according new figures from the Association of Leading Visitor Attractions (ALVA). ALVA’s annual report shows that there


Acer Snowmec signalled its interest in transforming the London site


super-pipe and bobsleigh, skeleton and luge runs will also be provided, as well as ice skating


Report calls for more female board members


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A review undertaken by Lord Davies of Abersoch has urged FTSE 100 firms to aim for at least 25 per cent female board representation by 2015. The report also recommended


that FTSE 350 companies set their own “challenging targets” in order to ensure more talented businesswomen can achive top boardroom roles. Former government minister


Lord Davies said: “Radical change is needed in the mindset of the business community if we are to implement the scale of change that is needed.”


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and curling facilities. Snow in the City will also feature a sports academy; a sporting injuries clinic; an office and media centre; a three-star hotel; and other leisure facilities.


£9m sports village for York university


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Te City of York Council has approved plans for a new £9m sports complex as part of a wider expansion of the University of York’s Heslington East campus. York Sports Village will feature a competi-


tion-standard eight-lane, 25m swimming pool and a learner pool; a 100-station gym; and a full-size 3G astroturf pitch. Tree further five- a-side football pitches are also planned as part of the new Space Architects-designed venue. A limited liability partnership company


called York Sports Village will operate the complex, with any surpluses to be ring-fenced for reinvestment into the facilities.


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It is hoped that York Sports Village will open in 2012 Te masterplan for the development also


features a second phase to include a 150-sta- tion computerised fitness suite; floor space for classes such as yoga; three treatment rooms; and a sauna and steamroom.


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was a marginal 0.38 per cent increase in its members’ visitor figures during 2010. However, most attractions are optimis-


tic that they will experience a bumper year with nearly 90 per cent of respondents expect their visitor numbers to increase or remain the same during 2011.


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