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Sports Grounds Safety Authority launches

The Sports Ground Safety Authority (SGSA), a new organisation created in order to ensure the safety of spectators at venues across the UK, has been officially launched. SGSA will build on the work of the Football Licensing Authority, which helped improve the safety of football grounds – however, it’s remit will also extend into other sports. Sports Minister Hugh Robertson said:

“Te authority will take its expertise and advice into other sports and ensure that spectator safety is properly implemented at all sports grounds.”

Gymnastics scheme for Scotland

A new national initia- tive, devised by Scottish Gymnastics in a bid to improve health through participation in physical activity, has been unveiled in Edinburgh. GymPlay aims to develop the basic movement patterns of everyday life for children between the ages of three and five years old and is to be rolled out over the next few months. It is based on the principles

of SPLICE: Social Physical Lingual Intellectual Creative and Educational develop- ment and will grow participation in physical activity from an early age. Scottish minister for Commonwealth Games

and sport Shona Robison said: “Te GymPlay programme is a fantastic new way of intro- ducing young children to gymnastics and the benefits of physical activity.

Chelsea hoped to take over ownership of the land

Chelsea defeated in stadium purchase bid

Chelsea Football Club (CFC) has failed in its bid to purchase the freehold land on which its Stamford Bridge stadium is located from Chelsea Pitch Owners (CPO). Nearly 62 per cent of the votes cast at the CPO’s general meeting on 27 October backed the plan, however a 75 per cent majority was required in order for the motion to be approved. CPO was established in 1993 to secure the

future of the ground, which had come under threat and leſt the Premier League club at risk of being made homeless.

BBC urged to increase ‘minority sport’ coverage

UTV Media, part of the ITV network and owner of talkSPORT radio, has urged the BBC to increase its coverage of “minority sports” to help fulfil legacy aims from the 2012 Games. Te company has made a sub- mission to the BBC Trust in which it calls on the publicly-funded broadcaster to do more for less mainstream sports. UTV has called on the BBC to “grasp its

longer-term responsibilities to support a permanent legacy for the Olympics”, while also sharing exclusive rights to events such as the Olympics.

Te initiative is aimed at children aged between three and five years old “Opportunities of this kind are fun for the

children and encourage them to continue par- ticipating in physical activities.” The launch took place at Craiglockhart

Leisure Centre, run by Edinburgh Leisure and one of the venues that delivers gymnas- tics coaching to local pre-school children.

St Helens receives keys to new stadium

St Helens Rugby League Football Club has been given the keys to its new 18,000-capacity stadium on the edge of the Merseyside town by developer Langtree. Langtree appointed Barr

Construction to build the £25m venue, which has taken 14 months to com- plete. Arcadis UK acted as project manager on the development. The next 10 weeks will

see work carried out by the Super League club to fit out the internal areas of the sta- dium, including kiosks, catering outlets and turnstiles. It is anticipated the first St Helens match will

take place at the ground in late January, before a series of structured events are held to allow

Te new stadium is scheduled to host its first game during January 2012

fans and residents to “sample” the stadium. St Helens chair Eamonn McManus said:

“A new stadium has been almost 10 years in the making and I can’t begin to describe how pleased I am that we are finally at this point.”

Council approves Plymouth stadium purchase

Plymouth City Council’s (PCC) cabinet and full council have approved a plan to acquire the freehold of Home Park as part of efforts to support professional football in the city. Te purchase of the stadium, which is the home venue of Plymouth Argyle Football Club,

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is dependent on the Akkeron Group complet- ing a planned takeover of the club. It is expected that PCC will pay £1.6m for

the land and the stadium, before leasing it back to the club for £135,000 a year. Te deal will also protect the venue for football uses.

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