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SPort MPs: English football ‘needs reform’

English football is in need of “big changes” and “urgent reform” to address debt prob- lems and to secure the sport’s future, according to a House of Commons committee. In a report, the Culture,

Media and Sport (CMS) Committee said the Football Association (FA) was most appropriate to lead efforts to tackle football’s weaknesses. However, the committee

also said the FA would have to undergo “urgent reform” itself in order to enable it to undertake its role effectively and meet the sport’s future challenges. Among the recommendations set out by

English football requires “urgent reform”, according to the committee

committee was the removal of the football creditors rule and the introduction of a “rig- orous” licensing model across the professional game. Meanwhile, the FA has been called to review expenditure at grassroots level, with a

specific focus on coaching development, while also reforming its internal structure. CMS committee chair John Whittingdale

said: “Te FA is the organisation for the job, but it has some way to go getting its own house in order before it can tackle the problems in the English game, and address the future.”

New grassroots hockey campaign to launch

England Hockey Board (EHB) has revealed that it is to roll-out a new nationwide grassroots campaign - Back to Hockey - in September in a bid to increase participation numbers. It is hoped that more than 15,000 women will be inspired to take up the sport by the

national governing body’s programme, which will run over the next three years. According to EHB, Back to Hockey will tar-

get women who have previously participated in the sport, offering six- to eight-week blocks of informal 60- to 90-minute sessions.

Council approves £50m Leisuredome plans

North Somerset Council has backed plans for the £50m Leisuredome development, which will be located on a for- mer Royal Air Force site near Weston-super-Mare. Te 12.7-acre (5.1-hectare)

complex will feature a 210m (689ſt) indoor real ski slope - one of the UK’s largest; a 40m (131ſt) climbing wall; and an indoor surfing centre. A sky-diving facility is also

proposed as part of the all- weather development, which will form part of the Locking Parklands scheme currently being led by St Modwen. Other facilities earmarked for Leisuredome

Te complex will house one of the UK’s largest indoor real ski facilities It is hoped that work will commence on site

include a health club; a children’s activity zone; and a crèche, with the proposals now due to go before the communities secretary.

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by the end of the year, with completion due in early 2013. Sir Robert McAlpine has been named as the primary contractor.

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