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£10m to boost women's participation
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Sport England launches new themed funding round to address grass roots issues
Edinburgh Leisure to
close crèche facilities
By Pete Hayman Edinburgh Leisure, the
company which runs leisure
Sport England has unveiled a centres across Edinburgh on
new £10m 'Active Women' behalf of the local authority, has
funding package, which aims to announced that it will close all
increase the number of women remaining crèche facilities by
from disadvantaged communi- March 2010. Crèches at Ainslie
ties participating in sport. Park Leisure Centre, Drumbrae
The funding pledge, which Leisure Centre, Gracemount
will also target women who Leisure Centre and Portobello
care for children full-time, is Swim Centre will all be axed
designed to remove the unless an alternative provider
number of barriers facing those can be found to save costs.
who want to play sport, The £10m scheme aims to remove barriers facing women in sport Edinburgh Leisure said it can no
including childcare, transport, longer afford to subsidise the
cost and time constraints. grassroots participation ahead communities are less likely to facilities due to an expected 12
Backed by former Olympic of the 2012 Olympics. regularly play sport. per cent reduction in funding
gold medallist Denise Lewis, According to the organisa- Sport England chief executive over the next three years.
sports minister Gerry Sutcliffe tion's Active People Survey July Jennie Price said: "We know
and the Women's Sport and 08 - July 09, only one in eight that women can face particular
New pitches unveiled
Fitness Foundation, it is the women across England barriers to taking part in sport,
at Dome Leisure Centre
second of Sport England's regularly play sport, which and it is important we invest Trustees of Anglia Community
themed rounds to address compares with one in five men. resources into understanding Leisure reopened sports pitches
some of the key issues affecting Women from disadvantaged how best to overturn those." at the Dome Leisure Centre in
Mildenhall on 10 December. Work
Climbing centre
began to resurface the all-
set for opening
West Ham submits training plans
weather multi-use games area
just after half term and the
The Harrogate Climbing centre now boasts a new large
Centre will open its doors synthetic grass pitch for five and
in January 2010. six-a-side football and hockey
Owned and operated by practice, while a smaller area
climber John Dunne, who caters for netball, tennis and
also owns the Manchester five-a-side football. The £50,000
Climbing Centre, the site scheme was funded by Suffolk
includes 65 climbing lines County Council and Forest Heath
spread over 1,000sq m District Council.
(10,764sq ft) of climbing
surface and incorporates The club's first team is eyeing up a move to the Rush Green site
Northampton Saints
an IFSC-approved speed
call for stadium debate
climbing wall. By Pete Hayman buildings and the creation of Northampton Saints Rugby
The climbing centre has three full-size training pitches. Football Club has urged the local
been designed and West Ham United Football Club First team players and staff authority to hold a public debate
constructed by Entre- has submitted its proposals for will relocate to the site when to discuss the potential benefits
Prises Climbing Walls. the creation of a new training the first phase is complete, of plans to redevelop the
Dunne said: "With the ground at the former Ford before work gets underway on Franklin's Gardens stadium.
skills and experience Sports and Social Club site to the second stage to include a Earlier this year, the club
we've gained in the Havering Council. purpose-built training, rehabili- announced plans to increase the
ongoing development of The 29-acre (11.7-hectare) tation and media centre to venue's capacity from 13,500 to
Manchester Climbing Rush Green facility will be replace the renovated sports 17,000 spectators after admitting
Centre, we will be able to developed in two phases; the club building. the stadium had been operating
take indoor climbing in first including the renovation of An additional four training at 98 per cent in recent years
Yorkshire to a new level." the existing sports club, the pitches will also be created as and needs to expand to compete
construction of groundsman's part of Phase Two. with other clubs.
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