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GCCC submits stadium revamp plans
in brief
Bristol's County Ground to boast 20,000-seat capacity as part of £10m scheme
DC Leisure signs
squash court deal
By Pete Hayman England Squash & Racketball
(ESR) is to invest £40,000 in
A planning application for the upgrading squash courts at
proposed £10m redevelopment public leisure centres operated
of the County Ground in Bristol by management company DC
has been submitted by Leisure. The revamp of courts is
Gloucestershire County Cricket part of a new partnership deal
Club (GCCC) to the local between ESR and DC Leisure
authority. which will also see ESR deploy 23
Bristol City Council will now development coaches and eight
decide whether to approve the regional coaches at DC Centres.
proposals, which are designed The scheme forms part of the
to ensure the venue is able to national governing body's long
comply with the England and The project is designed to retain the venue's international status term strategy to increase
Wales Cricket Board's criteria participation in the two sports
for one day international status sium and an upgraded A spokesperson for GCCC said: by 65,000 new participants over
beyond 2011. education facility. "These proposals are crucial to four years and increase footfall
GCCC intends to increase the The club is also planning to retaining our one day interna- through public squash courts.
County Ground's seating include student accommodation tional status beyond 2011 and
capacity to 20,000 as part of for 350 people in order to help essential for the future viability
Kildare leisure centres
the proposals, which also fund the scheme, which has of the club. We have received
officially opened
feature a new media centre, been reduced from 550 some very positive feedback to Two new swimming pool
improved conference facilities, following the results of a public our plans from the majority of facilities in Athy and Naas,
an upgraded public gymna- consultation with local residents. those consulted." County Kildare, Ireland, have
been officially opened by Martin
PCC unveils
Cullen, the Irish minister for arts,
sports strategy
Wembley Arena gets 2012 events
sport and tourism. The K Leisure
Swimming Pool complexes in
Plymouth City Council has both towns will be operated by
invited local sports clubs, Kildare Sports and Leisure
residents and schools to Limited, which is a wholly-
have their say on a new owned subsidiary of Kildare
draft sports facility County Council. K-Leisure Athy
strategy, which has been boasts a 25m swimming pool
drawn up to help improve with moveable floor, a family
the city's sports provision. changing area, a spectator area,
Proposals being sauna and steamrooms, an
considered as part of the aerobics studio and a fitness
new strategy include a The arena is set to host Olympic badminton and gymnastics events suite equipped by Technogym.
network of indoor sports The Naas facility also includes a
hubs to act as 'satellites' By Pete Hayman London arena for the sports. learner pool.
to the new £46.5m Life The relocation of the events are
Centre; a new swimming Wembley Arena will be used as subject to approval from the
Cumbria pool scheme
pool for the Plymstock, a venue for two sports at the sports' respective world
moves forward
Elburton and Sherford London 2012 Olympic and governing bodies. Designers have been appointed
area and a network of Paralympic Games after the Paralympic archery and for a new swimming pool project
climbing walls. Olympic Board decided against Olympic and Paralympic in Millom, Cumbria. Cambridge-
New indoor 3G pitches a temporary facility. shooting events during 2012 based architects Saunders Boston
and new pitches for A planned temporary venue will be held at the Royal have been awarded the contract
hockey are also put on North Greenwich Peninsula Artillery Barracks in Woolwich, for the facility to replace the
forward as part of a was to host the badminton and with the Olympic Delivery town's current pool at a local
number of ideas to rhythmic gymnastics events, Authority due to submit a school. The project is being led
improve sports provision. but 2012 organisers now planning application in the by the Millom and Haverigg
intend to use the existing North next few weeks. Economic Development Group.
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