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Tallest climbing wall in central London opens

A new indoor climbing centre featuring the tallest climbing wall in central London has opened to the public at the Seymour Leisure Centre in Westminster. The £700,000 facility features a 13m (43ft) climbing wall scaling three floors, a 7m (23ft) high training wall, bouldering area and a series of traversing and exercise walls. Funding for the project was provided by Westminster council, the London Marathon Charitable Trust and Sport England.

New performance chief for disability swimming

John Atkinson has been appointed as the new national performance director of British Disability Swimming. He will leave his current role within British Swimming as director for world class programmes in May to take up the new post, which will involve him driving forward the technical infrastructure of the programme within Britain as well as assuming a team leader role. Atkinson will be supported by former national performance director Tim Reddish, who will adopt the role of executive director for disability swimming. Chief executive of British Swimming David Sparkes believes the appointment will enhance opportunities while providing fresh stimulus in the run up to 2012 and beyond.

Surrey CCC reports record profits

Surrey County Cricket Club has

reported record annual pre-tax profits of £752,000 for 2009 – a 29 per cent increase compared with the previous year. The club has poted a 6 per cent year-on- year increase in turnover to £25.5m despite challenging conditions, driven by the hosting of an Ashes Test match and the ICC World Twenty20.


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FCUM reveals new stadium proposals

5,000-capacity venue planned for Newton Heath's Ten Acres Lane sports centre

By Pete Hayman

FC United of Manchester (FCUM) has announced plans to develop a new 5,000-ca- pacity stadium at the Ten Acres Lane sports centre in Newton Heath, Manchester. The supporter-owned club

was formed in 2005 in a protest against the acquisition of Manchester United Football Club (MUFC) by US-based tycoon Malcolm Glazer. Plans for the £3.5m Newton

Heath scheme will see the club move from its current home at Bury's Gigg Lane venue to the initial home of MUFC and incorporates new community and sports facilities. The sports centre site is currently owned by Man-

FCUM's new stadium will be located at the Ten Acres Lane facility

chester City Council, which is working in partnership with the club and regeneration agency New East Manchester on the proposals. Andy Walsh, general

manager at FC United of

Manchester's said: "The significance of this location is historical while it will also showcase a new model of facility development, based on football supporter ownership and community involvement."

Bradford sports village proposals to be reviewed

By Tom Walker

Plans to replace the Richard Dunn Sports Centre in Bradford with a new £76m sporting village are to be reviewed due to a funding shortage. The current plans, backed by

Bradford Metropolitan District Council, include the redevelop- ment of Odsal stadium into a modern, 18,000-capacity stadium; the replacing of the Richard Dunn centre with a new community sports centre;

Odsal is home to Bradford Bulls

and the creation of a 120-bed- room hotel. It is understood that the council has only

managed to secure £19.3m of the £76m needed. Grants so far secured include monies from the regional development agency, Yorkshire Forward and England Netball. The council will now submit a

report to the council's execu- tive in which it will leave all funding, design and develop- ment options "open to exploration" as part of efforts to get the project off the ground. It is possible that the project will be downscaled.

West Ham and Newham Council in 2012 stadium bid

West Ham United Football Club (WHUFC) has reaffirmed plans to move to the Olympic Stadium after teaming up with Newham Council to work on a joint bid for the site. The newly-formed Olympic Park Legacy Company is seeking a viable and lasting legacy for the

venue after the London Games finish, with the club considering it as a potential new home. Organisers argue the stadium must retain an athletics track as part of a pledge to the Interna-

tional Olympic Committee, but WHUFC and the council are confident their prospective bid could offer a wide range of benefits to the local community.

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