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NEWS AND JOBS UPDATED DAILY ONLINE AT WWW.SPORTSMANAGEMENT.CO.UK Sport England to ‘help cut costs’


Sport England has joined forces with a range of leisure operators and local author- ities to help cut costs and relieve pressure on budgets without affecting community programmes and provision. Te agency will be running


seminars outlining strategic solutions that will safeguard facility provision, while achieving up to 30 per cent savings in revenue and cap- ital expenditure. Surrey’s Elmbridge Xcel


Leisure Centre hosted the first seminar on 1 November with speakers including Sport England prop- erty director Charles Johnston. A further seminar took place at Heywood


Sports Village, Rochdale, and another is planned on 6 December at Spiceball Leisure Centre in Banbury, Oxfordshire. Te events include the launch of the Affordable 25m


Councils will receive guidance on how to manage budget cuts


Community Pools guide, produced by Sport England in conjunction with the Amateur Swimming Association. Under the suggested approach, building costs will be £2.1m-£4m, operating budgets will generate a surplus of £24,000 per year and pools could be opened within two years of a decision.


Te Olympic Stadium’s track has been laid down Glasgow 2014 preparations ‘on course’


Preparations for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games are “on track and on bud- get” with 1,000 days until the opening ceremony, according to the latest progress report. Te Glasgow 2014 Progress


Report has found that Scotland is already benefiting from hosting the Games, with 80 per cent of current con- tracts going to Scottish firms. Work on the Commonwealth Games Athletes’ Village started in June, while the National Indoor Sports Arena and Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome are now 63 per cent complete. Elsewhere, 2014 organisers have signed


Olympic Stadium athletics track unveiled


Pupils from London’s West Ham Church Primary School have been joined by Paralympic and Olympic athletes to mark the unveiling of the 2012 stadium’s new athletics track. Paralympic discus gold medallist Dan Greaves; 1,500m athlete Hannah England and British long jump record holder Chris Tomlinson all attended a special event on 3 October. Te track at the Olympic Stadium has


been supplied by Mondo and was laid in August. It features a Sport FLEX system and is designed to assist athletes achieve faster times.


Facilities for the 2014 Commonwealth Games are taking shape


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and Ernst and Young. Scottish minister for Commonwealth Games and sport Shona Robison said that while Glasgow 2014 was fast approaching, all venues and infrastruc- ture were “taking shape”.


London mayor boost for wheelchair basketball


London mayor Boris Johnson has announced plans to more than quadruple the number of wheelchair basketball clubs across the capital and increase participation by 7,000 people. Less than 10 per cent of disabled Londoners are believed to participate in sport on a regular


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basis, with the capital having one of the lowest participation rates for wheelchair basketball. Te mayor has contributed £95,000 from


the Sports Legacy Fund to the Great Britain Wheelchair Basketball Association’s pro- gramme to create seven clubs in London.


Hunt: 7,439 schools sign up for School Games


More than 7,400 schools have signed up to participate in the government’s new School Games initiative, according to cul- ture secretary Jeremy Hunt. Addressing the 2011 Conservative Party


Conference in Manchester, Hunt said the figure represented more than a third of all schools in England. Earlier this year, Hunt outlined the


government’s plans for the School Games competition, which is designed to help pro- mote competitive sport to young people in Olympic-style tournaments.


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Mayor: London ‘ready’ to host 2012 Games


London mayor Boris Johnson has told members of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) that the capital is now ready to host the 2012 Olympic Games. IOC representatives visited London to


inspect preparations for the Games, with work now complete on all of the competi- tion venues and handed over to organisers. Major transport infrastructure improve- ments have either been completed or are “well on track” to be delivered, while enter- tainment will be available across London at special Live Sites next summer.


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