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Grass roots football hub for Hackney
in brief
£5.7m development to boast community and spectator facilities from late 2010
Canoe centre's launch
date confirmed
By Tom Walker The Cardiff International White
Water centre will open to the
The Hackney Marshes will be public in April. Cardiff Council
transformed to house a new leader Rodney Berman confirmed
grass roots football hub as part the opening date during a test
of the London Borough of run of the £13.3m centre's
Hackney Council's redevelop- turbine pumps on 11 January.
ment plan for the area. The centre, based adjacent to
Ireland-based John Sisk & Cardiff International Pool at
Sons has been appointed to Cardiff International Sports
deliver the £5.7m facility, to be Village, will provide the UK with
called Marsh Community Hub its first Olympic-standard
when it opens in late 2010. pumped water canoe slalom
The project includes The new community football facility is set to open later this year course, offering canoeing and
improvement works on the white water rafting facilities.
existing pitches, a new, full-size changing rooms located at Mayor of Hackney Jules Pipe
artificial turf pitch, a new ground-floor level with said: "This is a key part of our
Work starts on Antrim
footbridge over the River Lea provision for disabled players. investment programme which
cricket facilities
to connect the East and South Designed by Stanton is using the London 2012 Northern Irish sports minister
Marshes and a large, multi-use Williams Architects, the scheme Games as an opportunity to Nelson McCausland has attended
pavilion and clubhouse. will also include features to give our residents world-class a turf cutting ceremony to mark
The new building will include help it fit into the landscape, sports facilities alongside the the start of construction work
community and spectator such as a 'living wall' with new venues being built at the on new cricket facilities at
facilities on the first floor, with plants growing up the building. Olympic Park." Muckamore Cricket and Lawn
Tennis Club, County Antrim.
UW plans new
The Northern Ireland Executive
sports centre
Newham outlines 'aquatic aims'
has contributed £124,000
towards the scheme through the
The University of Worcester Department for Culture, Arts and
(UW) has unveiled plans for Leisure and Sport Northern
a new indoor sports and Ireland, which will include six
multi-purpose arena, set to new turf cricket pitches and one
be developed on the site of new artificial cricket pitch. Two
a derelict former fruit and full-size covered training bays
vegetable market. and new drainage at the second
Planning permission is ground to allow for the creation
now being sought by the of a football pitch also form part
university to transform of the development at the venue.
the Hylton Road site on The 2012 aquatic centre is at the heart of Newham's legacy plans
the outskirts of the city
Manchester Airkix
into a dual-use facility to By Pete Hayman council's leisure operator
centre opens
be used by both students Greenwich Leisure. A £4.4m indoor skydiving
and the local community. A new partnership has been Newham Aquatics will act on centre has opened at the
UW has also confirmed launched to ensure residents the behalf of residents to Trafford Quays Leisure Village in
that it is nearing the across the London Borough of secure access to the best Manchester. Owned and operated
acquisition of land Newham are handed the best swimming facilities, including by Airkix – which runs another
adjacent to the market swimming opportunities after the 2012 Aquatics Centre. centre in Milton Keynes – the
site, which formerly the 2012 Olympics. The Olympic Park Legacy new facility will boast a tunnel
housed a car showroom Newham Aquatics has been Company, which will manage with a 14ft diameter and a
and car park and will be unveiled by Newham Council, the Aquatics Centre after the 35ft-high flight chamber,
redeveloped to include which will work alongside 2012 Games, has backed the making it the largest in the UK.
teaching facilities and Newham Swimming Club, the formation of the new partner- The centre was partly funded by
extra car parking space. University of East London, ship as part of efforts to The Royal Bank of Scotland,
London Swimming and the increase participation. which provided £2.5m.
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