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Sports news Social media platform for cyclists

British Cycling and broad- casting company Sky have launched a new social network called Social Cycling Groups, which is designed to help peo- ple connect with other cyclists in their communities. T e online platform, which

can be accessed for free via the website, gives people who might otherwise be cycling alone the chance to buddy up with other cyclists and join unlimited groups and rides in their area. With dates, distances, dura-

tions and maps, people can choose the group and ride that is best for them. People can also visit, the

T e social network will enable cyclists to team up New figures released by British Cycling

home of recreational activities, to create Social Cycling Groups and rides of their own, add- ing their own routes or using British Cycling’s recommended routes.

show that almost half of its near 50,000-strong members are not involved in club cycling. However, many cyclists feel they would like to have someone else to ride with. Details:

Report: London 2012 to deliver GDP boost

London 2012, its build-up and subsequent legacy will gener- ate £16.5bn of gross domestic product (GDP) for the UK’s economy, according to Lloyds Banking Group (LBG). A new report by the group

said construction and tourism were the key sectors in driving the economic boost, with the Games supporting 354,000 jobs throughout the UK. The Economic Impact of

the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games cov- ers the period from London being announced as host city in 2005 through to 2017 – a fi ve-year legacy period. LBG said the UK economy will be boosted

T e 2012 Games will deliver benefi ts both this year and in years to come LBG chief economic Patrick Foley said: “As

by £5bn worth of games-related GDP in the legacy period following the Games – particu- larly in terms of physical infrastructure.

this new study demonstrates, London 2012 will help support employment, tourism, consumer spending and living standards, not only this year, but for many years to come.” Read more:

September opening for Swansea watersports facility

A new £1.4m centre of excellence for water- sports being developed by Swansea Council on the Welsh city’s seafront is due to open to the public in September. Located opposite St Helen’s, the scheme will provide a facility for sports such as kayaking

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and windsurfi ng and is designed to be “inclu- sive and accessible to everyone”. T e centre has been funded by Visit Wales,

the European Regional Development Fund and the Welsh government. Details:

T e partnership is to increase grassroot sport

LTA joins forces with TFF to promote tennis

T e Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) and Tennis for Free (TFF) have announced a joint partnership deal to help increase UK participation. The programme will include a combination of capital and rev- enue investment by the LTA to improve tennis facilities and initiatives on off er to help attract new players. Facilities that qualify for extra LTA fund-

ing will then benefi t from TFF working with local coaches to provide free tennis coaching. Details:

ISG to build London college sports facility

ISG has been awarded a contract for the construction of a new £3.5m “highly sus- tainable” facility at King’s College London’s (KCL) Honor Oak Park sports ground. T e BREEAM Excellent-rated develop-

ment is designed by Loates-Taylor Shannon Architects and Designers and includes a two-storey brick and block work building. On the ground fl oor of the centre will be 10 changing rooms to be used by KCL’s hockey, rugby and football teams, as well as by vis- iting teams from other universities.

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August opening for new £9m York Sport Village

A new £9m sports complex is to be unveiled by the University of York (UY) and the City of York Council (CYC) near the Grimston Bar Park and Ride site in August. Sir Robert McAlpine has been the con-

tractor tasked with building York Sport Village, which was designed by Space Architects and will include a 120-station fitness suite. Technogym and Schwinn have supplied equipment. T ree studios for dance, group cycling and aerobics; a compe- tition-standard eight-lane, 25m swimming pool; a learner pool; and a sauna and steam- rooms are also among the facilities.

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