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SPORT Hub clubs for disabled gymnasts

British Gymnastics has launched a new disabil- ity gymnastics programme, designed to create opportu- nities for disabled people to take part in the sport. The programme will cre-

ate and support a network of gymnastics “hub clubs”, with the aim of empower- ing coaches to deliver better opportunities for the disabled. It’s hoped the programme

will raise the profile of dis- ability gymnastics, increase the demand for gymnastics by the disabled, and enable disabled people to become involved in the sport. Te initiative will be divided into three strands

– I’M Inclusive; I’M Involved and I’M Inspired. The I’M Inclusive strand will see British

Gymnastics appoint 10 Disability Hub Clubs in England, which will be recognised for their disability expertise and great track record in

Te programme will support a network of gymnastics hub clubs

providing opportunities for disabled people. The I’M Involved strand will see the 10

Hub Clubs deliver a series of engaging gym- nastics taster events while I’M Inspired has been designed to promote and celebrate great achievement, inspirational stories and the huge benefits that gymnastics has to offer. Details:

Sportscotland invests £38m in 17 sports

Sportscotland has invested a total of £38m in the 17 Commonwealth Games sports during the four-year Glasgow 2014 funding cycle. Figures released by the

sports body show that during 2011-15 sportscotland’s invest- ment in the 17 sports increased by 23 per cent – compared with the previous cycle of 2007-11, when the total spend was less than £31m. The record investment is

part of a strategy to better equip the sports to deal with anticipated membership rises and demands as a consequence of Glasgow 2014. Louise Martin CBE, Chair of sportscotland,

Te 17 Commonwealth Games sports have benefitted from extra funding

local partners to increase capacity and cope with the expected growth from Glasgow 2014. “It also allows the sports to enhance their

said: “We’re putting record levels of investment into the 17 Commonwealth Games sports to allow the governing bodies to work with key

governance, which underpins athletes’ per- formance and development strategies.” Details:

British Cycling chief Brian Cookson elected president of UCI Speaking aſter his victory, Cookson said:

British Cycling chief Brian Cookson has been elected as the new president of the International Cycling Union (UCI), replacing Irishman Pat McQuaid as the most powerful person in world cycling aſter a hard-fought election campaign.


“We must embrace a new style of gover- nance and a collegiate way of working so that a new era of growth and commercial suc- cess for the UCI and our sport can begin.” Details:

Twitter: @leisureopps Rory McIlroy has set up a management company

McIlroy sets up company to manage assets and interests

Rory McIlroy has left Horizon Sports Management and has set up his own com- pany to manage his affairs. Te former world number one golfer’s

interests will now be looked aſter by Rory McIlroy Incorporated (RMI). In a statement, McIlroy said he had

appointed Donal Casey, an actuary by pro- fession, as the company’s first CEO. Meanwhile, the existing Rory Foundation

for charity will be run by Barry Funston, an entrepreneur and longtime friend of the McIlroy family. Both men will serve on the RMI board, together with Rory’s father, Gerry McIlroy. McIlroy is the second British high pro-

file sportsman to set up a management company to take care of their commercial interests. Earlier this month, Wimbledon champion Andy Murray set up a com- pany called 77 to look aſter Murray and his brother Jamie’s interests on and off court. Details:

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Northampton Town plans ‘biggest thing ever for club’

Northampton Town FC chair David Cardoza has said plans to redevelop the club’s Sixfields Stadium are “the biggest thing which has ever happened to the club.” A planning application was submitted

on 10 October, with the plans including an expanded west stand and a complete redevelopment of the east stand, with new corporate boxes and a conference centre. If planning permission is granted, work

could begin as early as February 2014 and- would give Sixfields a capacity of 10,000. Te stadium expansion is part of a wider

scheme to build a hotel, gym and 300 homes in the area surrounding the ground. Northampton Borough Council is loan-

ing the football club £12m to allow the redevelopment to go ahead with a deal to acquire the land around Sixfields agreed last week. Details:

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