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Sport Legacy boost for 350 sports groups

Sport England has announced an Olympic legacy funding boost worth £17.4m to be shared among 350 commu- nity groups in a bid to help improve sports facilities. Te support is being made

available through the Inspired Facilities fund, which is part of the £135m Places People Play programme financed by the National Lottery. Among the projects to

receive funding is the upgrade of a 35-year-old clubhouse at Great Ecclestone cricket club, Lancashire, to include disabled access (£50,000). A £50,000 grant has been made available towards the replacement of the roof at Worcester Citizens’ Swimming Pool, which has a number of leaks threatening its future. Elsewhere, a boxing club in Oxford has been

awarded £46,000 to help fund the acquisition of a new permanent home venue.

Oxford Boxing Academy received £46,000 as part of the announcement Hugh Robertson, minister for sport and the

Olympics, said: “We want to use the Olympic and Paralympics next summer to inspire a gen- eration to get involved in sport.” Sport England chair Richard Lewis added:

“We’ve had unprecedented demand for this fund, which has really hit the mark with sports clubs.” Details:

Swansea watersports venue work to get underway

Swansea Council has revealed that construc- tion work is set to get underway on a £1.4m scheme to establish Swansea Bay as a new Centre of Excellence for watersports. OPCO Construction has been chosen to deliver a new building to include changing

facilities; a multi-purpose space; and an area to store specialist watersports equipment. Kite-surfing, kite-buggying and stand-up

paddle boarding are among the activities pro- posed for the venue, with lifesaving courses also earmarked to take place at the centre.

£5m surfing complex planned for Bristol

Work on a new £5m inland surfing facility in Bristol could start as early as next year under plans unveiled by osteopath Nick Hounsfield and corporate marketing director Tobin Coles. Hounsfield and Coles are

working with Chris Hines, the Eden Project’s former director of sustainability, for Wavegarden UK – the first centre of its kind in the world. A number of potential sites have been earmarked for the development, including the 13-acre (5.3-hectare) former sports field located alongside the Portway in Avon Gorge. An exhi- bition of the plans is to take place to enable residents to help shape the project. It is anticipated the facility will offer “per- fect” surfing waves up to 1.6m (5.2ſt) high on a

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Surfing could be set to come inland near Bristol with Wavegarden UK

450m (1,476sq ſt) man-made lake and provid- ing a 55-second ride for experienced surfers. Hounsfield said: “Wavegarden is ambitious

but achievable. It will be a fantastic place, close to Bristol city centre, that everyone can enjoy - all ages, all backgrounds and all abilities.”

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