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Parc Eirias stadium plans submitted
New £800,000 MUGA
Colwyn Bay in line for development of new sport and leisure centre of excellence
opens in Belfast
A new £800,000 multi-use By Pete Hayman
games area (MUGA) has been
officially opened by Northern Plans for a major new Centre of
Ireland social development Excellence for sport, leisure and
minister Margaret Ritchie in the culture at Parc Eirias in Colwyn
Sandy Row area of Belfast. The Bay, North Wales, have been
facility, which received £758,749 submitted to Conwy County
from the Department for Social Borough Council (CCBC).
Development and £30,950 from The proposals include a
Big Picture Developments, has rugby training pitch, a
been built on land provided by 2,000-seat grandstand, team
Belfast City Council and will be changing facilities, a weights
maintained in conjunction with room and floodlights, as well as
Sandy Row Community Forum. additional car parking, which is The venue will provide a home for the Rygbi Gogledd Cymru team
set to create a new home
2012 organisers make
ground for Rygbi Gogledd towards the council's Bay Life Eirias is just one element in our
"green Games pledge"
Cymru (North Wales Rugby). Development Plan to regener- vision to revitalise the town.
Organisers of the London 2012 Local residents were given ate the wider area. "We believe these proposals
Olympic and Paralympics have the opportunity to comment on CCBC deputy chief executive along with others outlined in
pledged to ensure the event "will the plans as part of a public Bethan Jones said: "We've the Bay Life Development Plan
set new standards in consultation held during identified Colwyn Bay as our can stimulate investment in the
sustainability" after unveiling September and it is expected regeneration priority. Creating area, support business stability
the latest Games' green that the scheme will contribute a centre of excellence at Parc and result in new employment."
proposals. London 2012's
Sustainability Plan, Towards a
One Planet 2012, reported a 15
ECB sees further increase in cricket participation
per cent decline in carbon
emissions as part of the venue By Pete Hayman Coach Education Programme
construction process. In total, contributed towards a 14 per
London 2012's carbon footprint New research from the England cent increase in cricket coaches.
during the seven-year period and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) ECB chief executive David
between winning the 2012 bid has reported an increase in the Collier said: "For cricket to be
and hosting the Games is only number of people playing able to satisfy this increase, it's
expected to contribute 0.05 per cricket across the country for essential we continue to invest
cent of the UK's total emissions. the third successive year. in building and renovating
According to an annual much needed pavilions, pitches,
Flood relief for
survey of the ECB's Focus Clubs, and practice facilities.
Cumbrian cricket clubs
there has been a 15 per cent Grass roots cricket is thriving "Without this continued level
Cumbrian cricket clubs severely increase in participation during of investment, we will not be
affected by the recent flooding 2009, following a 24 per cent Disability cricket has seen a able to cater for the increased
have been handed an initial and 27 per cent increase in two-thirds increase in participa- number of children who are
£50,000 by the England and 2008 and 2007 respectively. tion, while the Sky Sports choosing to play cricket."
Wales Cricket Board (ECB) to offer
financial and logistical support.
The England and Wales Cricket
IOC commission visit welcomes London 2012 progress
Trust, a charitable organisation
formed by the ECB, will provide a The International Olympic Committee's (IOC) Coordination Commission has welcomed progress
relief fund for affiliated clubs in being made on preparations for the 2012 London Games, following its fifth full visit to the city.
Workington, Cockermouth, Between 25-26 November, members of the commission heard from the London Organising
Carlisle, Keswick and Appleby. Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games about the latest advances that had been
Funding will go towards enabling made with the construction progress, with less than three years to go until the event.
works, such as the hire or The IOC Coordination Commission initially visited London once a year after the city was awarded
purchase of machinery to aid the the 2012 Games, but that has now increased to two visits a year after the Beijing Games.
clear up process.
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