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US-based owners to sell Liverpool FC IN BRIEF

Tom Hicks and George Gillett Jnr appoint Barclays Capital to advise on club sale

By Tom Walker

Liverpool Football Club (LFC) has been put up for sale by US-based owners Tom Hicks and George Gillett Jnr, after Barclays Capital was brought in to advise on the process. Martin Broughton has been

named chair of the Premier League club in order to oversee the formal sale process, with

"numerous" parties already said to be interested in acquiring the club. In a joint statement, Hicks

and Gillett said: "Owning Liverpool Football Club over these past three years has been a rewarding and exciting experience for us. "Having grown the club this

far we have now decided together to look to sell the club

Clubs unite for player campaign

A new campaign – Protect Football's Future (PFF) – has been unveiled in a bid to help safeguard youth development schemes operated by clubs outside the Football League (FL). Cambridge United; York

City; Mansfield Town; Rushden and Diamonds; Oxford United and Wrexham have united to launch PFF, which wants current youth funding policies altered. Current rules mean that

a club relegated from the FL immediately lose half of its youth development funding, before the rest is withdrawn after a further two years. The existing rules also

mean that clubs can't protect registered players.

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The new £2.4m centre will boast a number of 3G artificial pitches

By Pete Hayman

A major new £2.4m multi- purpose sports facility is set to open at the Northern Ireland Civil Service Sports Associa- tion's (NICSSA) Pavilion Complex at Stormont in July. PlayBall at the Pavilion will

incorporate a multi-use artificial pitch and an international- standard water-based hockey pitch, as well as 3G pitches for five and seven-a-side football.

Team training facilities,

changing rooms, conference and function suites and a catering service also form part of the NICSSA proposals, which have benefited from more than £1.2m funding contributed by Sport Northern Ireland. The complex is designed to

provide local clubs, youth groups and schools with state-of-the-art sports facilities, while being available to NICSSA members and the public.

Hicks and Gillett Jnr bought the club for around £470m in 2007

to owners committed to take the club through its next level of growth and development." Broughton added: "My aim

is to try and ensure that we find new owners able to build on the club's recent improved financial performance to help deliver sporting success."

Gillett, who agreed a deal to

sell his majority stake in the National Hockey League (NHL) club, Montreal Canadiens, last year, bought LFC with Hicks in 2007 but has faced criticism from fans over the failure to deliver a new stadium and the club's current debt levels.

New complex to open at NICSSA

Council unveils Jarrow pool consultation

South Tyneside Council is inviting local residents to have their say on plans for the development of a new swimming pool in Jarrow. Under the council's plans, the four-lane, 25m pool facility would be used by schools, swim teams and other groups, and not as a community pool with open access. inspiredspaces – set up by construction group Carillion and joint venture partners under the Building Schools for the Future initiative – has identified four options for the scheme.

Scottish fans call for football improvement

New research carried out by Supporters Direct has revealed that the majority of Scottish fans are unhappy with the current league structure in Scotland. More than 1,300 supporters of clubs at all levels of senior football in Scotland participated in the study, which found 96 per cent would rather not play opponents four times a season. According to the results of the study, more than 80 per cent prefer to play teams twice in a season, while a further 13 per cent would back playing teams three times a season.

London secures 2011 badminton event

London will stage the 2011

Badminton World Championships, following a decision by the Badminton World Federation. Wembley Arena will play host to the tournament between 8-14 August 2011, which is held annually except in Olympic years and will take place in Paris this year. Badminton England chief executive Adrian Christy said: "Plans are already in development to ensure that we stage one of the best, if not the best, World Championships to date."

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