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English clubs' investment increases by 5 per cent to nearly £200m in 2008-09 By Pete Hayman

English football clubs spent nearly £200m on stadia and facilities during the 2008-09 season, according to new research from the Sport Business Group at Deloitte. The latest Annual Review of

Football Finance revealed that clubs spent £196m in the period – up 5 per cent on the previous 12 months. Capital expenditure by

Premier League clubs, however, fell to its lowest level since 1996-97. Clubs in the Coca Cola Championship spent £69m – an increase of 60 per cent on 2007-08. Cardiff City's new £47m stadium and the £16m investment in Brighton and Hove Albion's new ground comprised the majority of

Cash boost for Midlands tennis

Edgbaston Priory Club's development programme is set to benefit from up to £5m from the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA). Cash will go towards

the creation of a bespoke venue with permanent grass show court for the AEGON Classic, the LTA's annual international women's event. Plans are also afoot for

a new six-court indoor tennis centre to support the club's development programme, which aims to boost community access. The indoor facility will

form part of a major revamp of the club, which will also comprise new squash, gym and leisure provision and a refurbished clubhouse.

© Cybertrek 2010 IN BRIEF Tottenham Hotspur is currently looking to invest in new facilities

spending in the Championship and League One respectively. Mark Roberts, senior

manager in Deloitte's Sports Business Group, said: "The primary reason for the drop off in investment by Premier League clubs in 2008-09 is mainly due to there being no

major stadium construction projects in progress." Deloitte also revealed that if

England's bid to host the 2018 World Cup is successful, it could act as a catalyst for develop- ment, including potential new venues for both Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool.

Three cities bid for 2018 Games

MCC issues Test cricket 'call to action' Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) has urged the International Cricket Council and full member nations to take "immediate" action to secure the future of Test cricket. The introduction of a new World Test Championship and day/night matches are among the proposals put forward by the MCC's world cricket committee in a bid to revitalise the longer form of the sport. Other recommendations include ensuring that pitches offer a

"fair balance" for both batsmen and bowlers and investment in marketing to boost audiences.

New £3.9m cycling plan for Scotland The Scottish Government has

unveiled its new £3.9m strategy designed to increase the number of cyclists and ensure that 10 per cent of all trips are made by bicycle by 2020. Improved cycle training in schools and the creation of new routes across the country also form part of the Cycling Action Plan for Scotland, which was launched by Scottish transport minister Stewart Stevenson. The new strategy will see £2.5m invested in Scottish cycle infrastructure and £300,000 for child training.

Munich, Annecy and PyeongChang are vying to host the Games By Pete Hayman

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has confirmed that three cities have been approved as candidates to host the Winter Olympics in 2018. All three applicants – Munich,

Germany; PyeongChang, South Korea; and Annecy, France – were unanimously backed by the IOC's executive board at a meeting held in Lausanne, Switzerland, on 22 June.

The IOC's executive board

took the decision following a technical analysis of each bid, which included the cities' potential to stage a successful event and a range of infrastruc- ture assessments. Annecy has been asked to

review its venue concept, but all three will now have the chance to submit their Candida- ture File by 11 January 2011, ahead of a visit by the IOC's evaluation commission.

Redditch swimming pool plans approved Plans for a new multi-million

pound swimming pool at the Abbey Stadium site in Redditch, Worcestershire, have been given the green light. Redditch Borough Council has approved the scheme, which will include a six-lane, 25m pool with accommodation for 300 spectators. The facility is due to open in spring 2012. Work on the pool will follow the installation of a new sports hall floor at the leisure centre, which has already been completed.

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