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Work is set to start on a new £5.5m community stadium in Whitehaven, Cumbria, in spring 2012 aſter the propos- als were given the green light by the local authority. Te venue will comprise the

first phase of the Pow Beck Valley mixed-use masterplan, with global management and technical consultancy WYG involved with drawing up the plans. WYG has now been appointed by Copeland Borough Council to fur- ther develop proposals for Copeland Community Stadium to allow the selection of a design and build contractor. It is anticipated the venue will be com-

Aylesbury Vale leisure project to commence

Willmott Dixon is to start work on a £6.45m revamp of Aqua Vale Swimming and Fitness Centre in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, as part of wider council regeneration plans. Aylesbury Vale District Council is to

undertake the improvement programme in a bid to complement its multi-million pound vision for the town centre. Work on the FaulknerBrowns Architects-

designed development is scheduled to be completed in September next year, with the council planning to keep the facility open amid work on the phased programme.

An artist’s impression of the new community stadium

fundamental elements of the Pow Beck Valley masterplan starting to become a reality.” Bob Collins, speaking on behalf of the coun-

pleted in late 2012 ahead of the Rugby League World Cup in 2013 and will provide a home for Whitehaven’s rugby league and football clubs. WYG regional director buildings and infra- structure John Kipling said: “It is great to see

cil, added: “Te new stadium will provide a shared home for Whitehaven Rugby League Football Club and Whitehaven Amateur Football Club, as well as providing a facility for use by the wider community.”

Sean Holt outlines new IMSPA goals

Sean Holt, the interim chief executive officer of the new Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity (IMSPA), has said the body will look to draw members from a much broader cohort than its forerunners. In an interview with Leisure

Management, Holt said that while its core membership will still comprise those employed by operators and suppliers, the institute hopes to attract professionals work- ing across the physical activity sector. Te broadening of the net is part of IMSPA’s aim to represent the whole of the active leisure sector. IMSPA was formed following the merger

Te centre will cater for people of all skill levels

£24m National Indoor BMX Centre opens

A special opening event has taken place to mark the completion of Manchester’s new £24m National Indoor BMX Centre, which has been built adjacent to the National Cycling Centre. Sport England invested £3m in the facil-

ity as part of its multi-million pound Iconic Facilities fund, the second round of which was opened up to new applicants earlier this month. Te BMX centre also received £8.5m from Manchester City Council and is to be used as a training facility for the country’s elite riders ahead of the 2012 Games.

Holt has led the new organisation following its official launch in May

of the Institute of Sport and Recreation Management (ISRM) and the Institute for

Sport, Parks and Leisure (ISPAL). While IMSPA will look to expand its reach within the active leisure sector, Holt added there would be less involvement with parks – formerly a key ele- ment of ISPAL. To read the interview go to:

New diving facility in Soton for Olympic hopefuls

A new dry-land diving studio has been unveiled at Te Quays swimming and diving centre in Southampton. Te studio features new springboards and

trampolines and improved harness and land- ing facilities, allowing divers of all skill levels

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to perfect their skills alongside training in the pool. Richard Sheath, chair of the Southampton Diving Academy, said: “Te opening of this new facility is an important step in maintain- ing Southampton and Te Quays as a High Performance Centre for British Diving.”

Green light for FC United stadium plans

FC United of Manchester has been awarded planning permission for a new 5,000-capac- ity sports stadium at the Ronald Johnson Playing Fields in Moston, Manchester. Manchester City Council’s planning and

highways committee approved the plans at its meeting on 27 October. Te project has also been designed to provide facilities for the local community. In addition to the stadium, the scheme

will comprise a community club house with changing rooms, a function space and a new artificial pitch.

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