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400,000+ READERS leisure opportunities 07 JULY - 20 JULY 2015 ISSUE 662 Daily news & jobs: www.leisureopportunities.co.uk Chelsea FC begins £500m stadium consultation


Chelsea Football Club (CFC) plans to replace its current sta- dium in south London with a 60,000-capacity landmark venue celebrating the heritage of sport in and around Stamford Bridge. Te club launched a three-day


public consultation on the stadium plans earlier this month, during which local residents were able to view and opine on the proposals. Te conceptual designs, which


were put on display at Stamford Bridge, pay homage to the club’s history and the original designs of the stadium and the architecture of the surrounding area. The designs have been pro-


designs reflect that history and the consultation this week aims to give local residents and CFC fans the opportunity to be “part of the next stage of the club’s journey”. CFC’s billionaire owner, Roman


Abramovich, has pledged to fund the project – estimated to cost around £500m – in its entirety. Despite being one of the most


Te new stadium will increase Stamford Bridge capacity from 41,000 to 60,000


duced by a team including masterplanners Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands, stadium architect Herzog & De Meuron, strategic planners Aecom, railways and trans- portation specialist WSP and structural engineers Schlaich Bergermann & Partner. Speaking to Leisure Opportunities, a CFC


Grey-Thompson: Time to realise true potential


The physical activity sector has the potential to broaden its appeal to investors and gain ‘an even bigger wingspan’ if it can dem- onstrate its true economic value, according to new ukactive chair Baroness Tanni Grey-Tompson. Making her maiden speech at the


ukactive Flame Conference in Telford on 24 June, the cross-bench peer said the physical activity sector must be bold, pro-active and push boundar- ies if it is to continue on its growth trajectory and reach new heights. Continued on back cover


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spokesperson said the designs weren’t final, but rather a part of an ongoing consultation with local residents and other stakeholders. “Tis area has a proud history of hosting


a sports venue throughout the 18th and 19th centuries,” he said. He added that the initial


KidZania flagship launches in London


KidZania has launched what its president has called the “flagship location for the world” inside London’s Westfield Shopping Centre. Targeted at children aged 4-14, the £30m


KidZania London is offering a one-of-a-kind experience to the UK, with a pint-sized city for children to recreate real-world jobs in the ulti- mate role-play activity. Designed to educate and empower children, KidZania offers role-play ses- sions across more than 60 different professions to ensure they learn essential life skills including financial literacy, teamwork and independence. Te 75,000sq ſt (6,700sq m) mini-city starts


with a trip to a mock-up of Heathrow Terminal Five, where visitors pass through ‘immigration’.


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successful English clubs of the past decade, the club’s current home capacity of 41,000 is only the eighth largest in the EPL – far lower than its rivals Manchester United (76,000), Arsenal (60,000) and Manchester City (55,000). Abramovich has for years been seeking a site to build a new stadium


on, as part of efforts to bring the club’s revenues in line with its rivals. Te plans stem from a feasibility study commissioned by Abramovich, looking at the area from Fulham Broadway to Stamford Bridge and the potential of upgrading the stadium. Details: http://lei.sr?a=4F8n6_O


Youths take the Renault Pit-Lane challenge at KidZania


Guests then enter the city, to find streets lined with over 60 establishments – including a hospi- tal, police station, fire station, airline and theatre – offering exciting insight into the working world. Details: http://lei.sr?a=y4v6j_O


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