IN BRIEF SPORT
Goals reports increased half-year sales Goals Soccer Centres has
reported that overall sales for the six months to 30 June 2010 are "slightly ahead" of figures for same period last year. Like-for- like sales remained stagnant due to adjustments for a year-on- year revenue loss of £300,000 incurred earlier this year when facilities were shut due to poor weather. However, the group said it remains on track to meet its opening plans for 2010 and 2011, with new venues in Liverpool and Eltham set to increase its portfolio to 35 UK sites.
Tollymore centre reopens after revamp The Tollymore National
Outdoor Centre in Bryansford, County Down, has reopened following a £5m revamp. The centre, which is funded and managed by Sport Northern Ireland, underwent a complete refurbishment which saw all its existing facilities being upgraded, as well as new facilities added. The centre boasts a purpose- built kayaking pool, indoor and outdoor rock climbing and full catering facilities. The centre is Northern Ireland's National Centre for Mountaineering and Canoeing activities.
Biggin Hill swimming pool unveiled Charitable leisure trust Mytime
Active and Bromley Council have opened a new swimming pool and library complex in Biggin Hill. Among the facilities at the Biggin Hill Memorial Library and Pool is a six-lane, 25m swimming pool; community meeting and party rooms; a library; changing rooms and a MyCafé. Mytime Active was established in 2004 to manage leisure facilities on behalf of the council, with the Biggin Hill venue set to host the trust's Swimming Academy.
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Former sports minister criticises FA
National governing body slammed by Richard Caborn for being "unfit for purpose" By Pete Hayman
Former sports minister Richard Caborn has criticised the running of English football's national governing body, the Football Association (FA). Caborn, who was a member
of Tony Blair's government between 2001 and 2007, told the BBC that the organisation had been unable to "stand up to its responsibilities" and was not fit for purpose. The criticism of the FA comes
in the wake of England's poor performance at the 2010 World Cup, while the body has also been hit by the departures of chief executive Ian Watmore and chair Lord Triesman. Caborn told the broadcaster: "The FA need to say we have to
Caborn believes the national governing body needs to modernise
look at ourselves very seriously and we need to modernise ourselves. In Germany in 2000 there was a repositioning of the governance of German football." However, FA director of
football development Sir Trevor Brooking expressed confidence
that English football has "sound foundations" to build on. Writing in the Sunday Times,
Sir Trevor said the new national football centre at Burton-upon- Trent would provide England with a much-needed facility for development and training.
Green light for Old Trafford ground redevelopment By Pete Hayman
The multi-million pound redevelopment of Old Trafford cricket ground, Manchester, has received the green light after the government said it would not call in the scheme. Government Office North
West has backed Trafford Council's decision in March to approve the plans, which were put forward by Old Trafford Partnership and will enable preparatory work to continue.
The stadium will be overhauled The partnership – comprising
Ask Developments, Lancashire County Cricket Club (LCCC) and
Tesco – hopes the scheme will attract £70m of investment to halt local economic decline. Plans will see the transforma-
tion of a 50-acre (20.2-hectare) site – including a revamp of the ground to meet the England and Wales Cricket Board's criteria for international status. LCCC chief executive Jim
Cumbes said: "Government Office North West has backed the council's recognition of the important role the club plays in supporting Trafford's economy."
Children keen to try 'new sports' ahead of 2012
A vast majority of school children are keen to try out less traditional Olympic and paralympic sports if given the opportunity, according to research by Lloyds TSB bank. Nearly 90 per cent of school-aged children are keen to try a new Olympic or Paralympic sport.
Parents support their children's enthusiasm, with 84 percent agreeing that they would like their children to try a new Olympic or Paralympic sport at school. Six out of ten parents cited the Games as inspiring their children to do more sport, although the research found a clear lack of opportunities for children to gain access to less traditional sports.
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