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School sport creates "new benchmark"
Leeds United fails in
DCSF study reveals English schools offer an average of 19 sports in PE lessons
training ground bid
Leeds United Football Club By Pete Hayman
(LUFC) has failed to re-acquire
the Thorp Arch training facility More than half of all English
after it was unable to secure the school pupils took part in at
full support of the local authority least three hours of sport a
ahead of a 15 October deadline. week last year, according to
Leeds City Council was poised to research published by the
purchase the site for £6m and Department for Children,
lease it back to LUFC, but the Schools and Families (DCSF).
deal fell through due to The government's PE and
"uncertainties" that couldn't be Sport Survey 2008-09 has
resolved by the deadline. reported that schools are
However, LUFC has confirmed offering an average of 19 sports image
that it will remain a tenant at as part of their PE lessons, with Three quarters of schools in England offered hockey as part of PE
Thorp Arch for a further 20-year yoga, circus skills and cheer-
period under the terms of its leading increasing in popularity. However, the study has 69 per cent of pupils took part
agreement with the site's current Nearly all English schools revealed a fall in the number of in intra-school competition
owner, Barraway Limited. offered football and dance schools providing hockey, during the 2008-09 year.
during the academic year, while fitness, canoeing and rugby According to the DCSF,
Six councils to extend
there has been an increase in union when compared with the report has "set a new
free swimming pledge
institutions offering cycling (50 2007-08, although longer-term benchmark" for ensuring that
Six local authorities are set to per cent), golf (42 per cent) and trends have remained stable. schools offer at least five hours
extend free swimming schemes to rugby league (34 per cent). The research also showed that of sport each week.
young people after the
government revealed that around
£1m worth of funding was still
Funding boost for Durham University sports plans
available as part of the £140m
initiative. Councils in Barnet, By Pete Hayman performance analysis suite, as
Hertfordshire; Broxtowe, well as new facilities for
Nottingham; East Hampshire; Plans for the £6.7m refurbish- disabled athletes and an
Mansfield; Plymouth and Reading ment and development of new extended sports hall.
will now give thousands more sports facilities at Durham The scheme, which is
young people the chance to swim University's Maiden Castle scheduled for completion in
for free, taking the number of centre have received a grant October 2010, is set to benefit
councils now offering free from Sport England. the 90.2 per cent of university
swimming to under 16s to 197. The funding body has students participating in sport,
contributed £500,000 towards The plans have received £0.5m as well as helping the institu-
£1.1m Welsh judo
the scheme as part of its new tion's outreach work.
centre set to open
Sustainable Facilities Fund, Durham University's Sporting A university spokesperson
The new £1.1m Welsh National which aims to help establish a Futures project includes a new said: "We've invested heavily in
Judo Centre will open to the lasting legacy from the London indoor rowing tank, a fencing delivering high performance,
public at the Welsh Institute of 2012 Olympic Games. piste, indoor cricket nets and a participation and outreach."
Sport in Cardiff on 29 October.
Facilities at the centre, which
was built by Welsh contruction
New Cumbria Academy of Sport proposals announced
company Jehu Project Services,
will include international A £23m stadium is to be built at Copeland Athletics Stadium in Hensingham, west Cumbria.
competition-standard facilities According to Whitehaven News, the new Cumbria Academy of Sport will comprise a 14,000-ca-
as well as a sports science and pacity stadium linked via a concourse to a leisure centre offering a competition swimming pool, a
medicine centre. Philip Carling, four-court badminton hall, a gym, internal and external climbing walls and two dance studios.
chair of Sports Council of A shop, café and conference facilities will also be built. The trustees of the academy have
Wales, said: "Having a dedicated hired an as yet unnamed Manchester-based architect to design the stadium, which is scheduled
facility for judo in Wales will to open within the next three years.
make a huge difference."
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