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Cardiff white water venue unveiled IN BRIEF

£13.3m canoeing facility forms part of International Sports Village development

By Pete Hayman

Cardiff International White Water (CIWW) – situated in Cardiff Bay – has been opened by the Winter Olympic gold medallist, Amy Williams. Facilities at the new £13.3m

venue – part of the city's International Sports Village (ISV) development – include the UK's first Olympic-standard pumped water canoe slalom course. Canoeing and white water rafting facilities will cater for people of all abilities, from starter through to international competition, with 50,000 users expected each year once fully established. HydroStadium – the

France-based group behind similar venues used during the Sydney, Athens and Beijing

Essex stadium scheme on hold

Plans to overhaul Essex County Cricket Club's County Ground venue in Chelmsford have been delayed as a result of the general election. A decision on whether

the major multi-million pound project can proceed has been put on hold until after the election by the Department for Communities and Local Government after the plans were called in for further scrutiny last year. The communities

secretary is now expected to determine the fate of the development on or before 10 June, with a complete overhaul of the stadium's cricketing facilities mooted, including a new pavilion.

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London borough 'to benefit from Olympics'

A series of measures has been

agreed by the Olympic Board to ensure the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham (LBBD) benefits from the 2012 Games. The borough will not stage any Olympic or Paralympic events at London 2012, but will be a member on the East London Legacy Board to help shape future planning for the region. LBBD will be given a key role in the Cultural Olympiad.

The new venue has been designed by France-based HydroStadium

Olympics – designed the venue, which was built by Dean and Dyball Civil Engineering. Cardiff Council was behind

the scheme with assistance from the Welsh Assembly Govern- ment and the Welsh Canoe Association, while Cardiff

Harbour Authority will manage the centre. CIWW, which also boasts a café and a retail unit selling sports equipment, will be used as a training ground for the 2012 Games and aims to become one of the city's top tourism destinations.

Go-ahead for Hadley Wood centre

Hooligans to receive 2012 football ban

New legislation has been

introduced by the Home Office to ban football hooligans from attending matches across the UK during the 2012 Olympics. Olympic football matches are due to be held at English, Scottish and Welsh venues as part of the London Games, with new laws set to stop anyone with a banning order from attending. Football Banning Orders will be automatically recognised across Britain under the new laws, regardless of the country in which they are applied, as part of ongoing attempts to crack down on hooliganism.

The planned sports facilities have been designed by AndArchitects

By Tom Walker

Hadley Wood Youth Trust (HWYT) has secured planning permission for new community sports facilities at Hadley Wood, north London. Designed by AndArchitects,

the scheme will include the development of a full-size, floodlit artificial grass pitch, sports pavilion with four changing rooms, an education suite, kitchen, multi-function

room and a number of grass pitches. As well as the local community, the facilities will be used by a number of further education courses currently run by Wingate & Finchley Football Club, Barnet College and Whitefield School. The courses are aimed at

giving young people aged 16-19 the opportunity to study for a sports-related qualification while gaining first hand experience in sport.

Council seeks Yeovil Sports Zone views

South Somerset District Council has invited more than 100 schools, sports clubs and organisations to help shape plans for the proposed Sports Zone facility in Yeovil. Current plans for the £28m complex include a 25m swimming pool with moveable floor, a combined 530sq m (5,704sq ft) leisure and learner pool, an eight-court sports hall and a four-court indoor tennis centre. A 125-station fitness suite, a multi-purpose aerobics and dance studio and a climbing wall are also earmarked for the Sports Zone.

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