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SPORT Daley to launch Diving Academy

Olympic medallist Tom Daley has teamed up with leisure centre and pool operator GLL as part of efforts to create a last- ing diving legacy from the London 2012 Olympics. The Tom Daley Diving

Academy will look to attract both adults and children to take up the sport. Te Academy will begin

operation at the GLL- managed London Aquatics Centre – where Daley trains as part of his British Diving High Performance Programme – before being introduced at other GLL facilities across London and the UK. Te academy will be available in three types

of facilities - fundamental centres; delivering beginner courses for children to learn the fundamentals of the sport; “Learn to Dive” development centres, to deliver beginner and

Te Olympic medallist and TV star has endorsed the academy

improver classes for children and adults; and academy centres, delivering all levels of the programme up to competitive diving. Te grass roots venture is being endorsed

and represented by Daley and supported by a series of world class coaches working across London. Details:

Liverpool eyes £150m stadium expansion

Liverpool FC has revealed £150m plans for a new look Anfield, set to boost sta- dium capacity by 13,300 seats. Redevelopment of

the historic

Anfield’s Main Stand – designed by architectural firm KSS – will add an additional 8,500 seats while the Anfield Road Stand will have an additional 4,800 seats installed, bringing the total capac- ity of the stadium up to 58,800. Te football club is now in consulta-

tion with local residents and fans with plans to submit a planning application to Liverpool City Council during the sum- mer. If permission is granted, work on the proposed Main Stand could begin early next year with the aim of completing it in time for the start of the 2016-17 season. Te work is part of a larger £260m plan

Architectural firm KSS is behind the expansion designs

to transform the area around Anfield into a mixed-use leisure hub. Proposals include the creation of a wide avenue through the adjacent

Stanley Park, which would end in a new pub- lic square area with a memorial to the 96 Liverpool fans who died in the Hillsborough disaster of 1989. Also included would be the construction of a new primary school, health centre, and a 100-bedroom hotel. Details:

Sport Wales to tackle inequalities in sport with £3m funding

Sport Wales is to invest a total of £3m into making sport more accessible to groups that traditionally find taking part challenging. £1.5m will be made available through the

Calls4Action scheme to make sport more attrac- tive to young women and girls, while a further


£1.5m will be dedicated to projects encouraging more people with disabilities and children from black and minority ethnic backgrounds to par- ticipate more regularly. Outline proposals for programme funding need to be submitted by 20 June. Details:

Twitter: @leisureopps Brailsford first joined British Cycling in 1998

Dave Brailsford steps down from British Cycling

Sir Dave Brailsford, the mastermind behind Team GB cycling success at the 2008 and 2012 Olympics, is set to leave his job as per- formance director at British Cycling. Brailsford first joined British Cycling in

1998 and later became the organisation’s per- formance director in 2003. He was instrumental in delivering an

unprecedented medal overhaul - 16 Olympic golds, six silver medals and four bronzes - from the last two Olympic Games. He is stepping down to concentrate on

his duties of running Team Sky, the men’s professional offshoot of the Olympic squad, which has won the last two Tours de France with Sir Bradley Wiggins and Chris Froome. British Cycling CEO Ian Drake said: “I

want to thank Sir Dave Brailsford for his enormous contribution to British Cycling - the organisation he leaves behind is trans- formed from the one we joined in 1998. “In that time the GB Cycling Team has

not only set the standard by which British sporting success is judged but also inspired millions to get active through cycling.” Details:

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Natural turf improvement scheme launched by IOG

A new scheme aims to raise the standards of community sports pitches in England. The £1.3m Grounds and Natural Turf

Improvement Programme is designed to improve the care of natural turf surfaces – and the understanding of sports turf man- agement among the volunteer groundsmen and women who look aſter pitches. Te initiative will see grassroots sports

clubs able to access expert turf care advice, training and knowledge as well as guidance on coping with flood and weather damage. Charles Johnston, Sport England property director, said: “Good quality grass pitches are important for helping people play sport.” Details:

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