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A consortium led by for- mer England cricketer Sir Ian Botham has appointed Capita Symonds to help drive forward the development and UK roll-out of the new Cage Cricket concept. Launched in June, Cage

Cricket is a new “urban form of cricket” and has been devised by Lawrence Prittipaul – a former Hampshire crick- eter – and Trevor McArdle following four years of trial and development. Te concept aims to pro-

Work starts on £6.3m Bridgwater pool

Sedgemoor District Council has announced work is underway on a £6.3m swimming pool, which will form part of Bridgwater’s Trinity Sports and Leisure Centre. Somerset County Council; BAM; Futures

for Somerset; and leisure trust 1610 are also involved with the scheme, which follows the opening of dry facilities in November. A 25m, six-lane swimming pool; a train-

ing pool; and changing rooms are being built as part of the latest Scott Brownrigg Architects-designed phase of work, which will be completed in spring 2013.

Cage Cricket aims to increase opportunities in the sport in urban areas

vide young people with an opportunity to play cricket in urban areas where local play- ing space and opportunities to join a cricket club are not provided. Cage Cricket is played on a basketball-sized

court and involves six players, with each player taking up one of six zones per over. Te game tests batting, bowling and fielding skills.

Te concept has already been successfully

piloted in a number of schools and communi- ties across the UK, with the aim now to expand its reach throughout the country. Sir Ian said: “If someone can go from beach

cricket to playing for the West Indies, then why can’t we have a vehicle that does the same in our urban areas?”

‘World-class’ VeloPark plans submitted

The Olympic Park Legacy Company has submitted plans for a “world-class” VeloPark, which will see London pro- vide some of the best cycling facilities in Europe. A 1-mile (1.6km) road

cycle circuit and around 5 miles (8km) of mountain bike trails are to be built around the existing Velodrome and BMX track as part of the Lee Valley VeloPark. A series of loops to the west

of the Velodrome and a large single loop to the east will fea- ture as part of the road cycle circuit, which is to replace the old Eastway Cycle Circuit. Meanwhile, the mountain bike trails will form a loop from the north-east cor- ner. Te Games-time BMX facilities will also be regraded as part of the proposals.

Te VeloPark scheme will be located to the north of the Olympic Park A team comprising Hopkins Architects;

Hargreaves Associates; LDA Design; Allies and Morrison; Atkins; and AECOM have drawn up the VeloPark vision. Te development will take place to the north of the Olympic Park.

Oldham Community Leisure in drive to boost participation

A new scheme designed to encourage more people from deprived areas to take part in sport is to be launched early next year by Oldham Community Leisure (OCL). Energize will provide a programme of activ- ities and opportunities alongside Oldham


Athletic Community Trust; The Oldham College; and Community 1st Oldham. OCL revealed the project has a target of

10,000 new attendances at sports sessions between January and July 2012, with £14,000 contributed by Community 1st Oldham.

Twitter: @leisureopps Volleyball England aims to increase participation

New beach volleyball funding scheme launches

Volleyball England has opened the new 2012 Beach Volleyball Capital Investment Initiative to increase the number partici- pants and spectators in beach sports. Support has been made available through

Sport England and will see £400,000 spent over a three-year period within Volleyball England’s existing Go Spike campaign. Te national governing body is aiming

to construct 10 permanent multi-court beach centres by 2013, which will be part- ner-funded and part of a legacy programme for beach volleyball.

Oxford City sports facilities completed

A new Community Arena sports facility is to open at Oxford City Football Club later this month, which has been created with the help of Sport England funding. Te complex has been built at Marsh

Lane in Marston and will include a 3G full-size synthetic football pitch; six flood- lit netball courts; and a pavilion. OCFC and Oxfordshire Netball have

also provided funding to the £2.1m devel- opment, as well as England Netball, the Football Foundation, Oxford City Council; and Oxford Sports Council.

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