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SporT Tennis and judo receive funding cut


Sport England has reduced the amount of funding to the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) and British Judo Association (BJA) as a result of “disappointing participation figures”. Te LTA has renegotiated


its participation aims with the funding agency aſter agree- ing a cut of £530,000 due to its failure to achieve its initial growth targets for the period between 2009 and 2013. Meanwhile, the BJA has


also revised its growth target aſter agreeing a £353,000 cut. Te decisions follow “lengthy negotiations” between the bodies and Sport England. Sport England’s Active People Survey has


Tennis has suffered a £530,000 cut aſter missing its participation targets


the number of people taking part at least once a week and at least once a month. Sport England chief executive Jennie Price


shown a decline in the average number of peo- ple playing tennis at least once a week from 487,500 (2007-08) to 375,800. Participation in judo over the last two years has been described as “flat” – both in terms of


said: “Sport England has been clear that failure to achieve the agreed growth in a sport would lead to a governing body’s overall funding lev- els being reviewed.” Details: http://lei.sr?a=T6g7N


Firms appointed to sport’s Legal Panel Framework


A number of law firms have been appointed to the new Legal Panel Framework, which is to provide services to national governing bodies for sport and recreation organisations. Sport England, Sport Wales, UK Sport and the Sport and Recreation Alliance have set up


the framework, which is formed of 10 firms selected through a procurement process. It comes aſter it was found that sector organ-


isations face challenges in terms of finance and resources when accessing legal services. Details: http://lei.sr?a=Z9r5G


Windsor Park scheme moves forward


The multi-million pound redevelopment of Belfast’s Windsor Park stadium has taken a step forward after the Irish Football Association (IFA) confirmed that initial funding is now in place. A Letter of Offer has been


received by the national governing body from the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure (DCAL), which will release the first tranche of a £25.2m funding package towards the scheme. IFA is working with DCAL,


Te Letter of Offer paves the way for work to begin at the Belfast venue


Sport Northern Ireland and Linfield Football Club on the plans, which will transform the existing venue into an 18,000-capacity national stadium for football. Te next stage of the project, following the appointment of a planning consultant, will see


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an integrated consultant team selected to draw up designs for the new-look Windsor Park. A planning application is expected to be


submitted in December, with the phased con- struction process to begin in August 2013. Details: http://lei.sr?a=w4h1p


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