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400,000+ readers leisure opportunities 15 may – 28 may 2012 ISSUE 580 Daily news & jobs: www.leisureopportunities.co.uk Chelsea FC bids for Battersea site


Chelsea Football Club (CFC) and development partner Almacantar have submitted a bid to buy London’s Battersea Power Station site with a view to building a new stadium. Te Premier League club


confirmed its joint bid had been lodged in accordance with a process established by the site’s joint administrators from Ernst and Young. In November 2011, it was


first suggested that CFC was eyeing Battersea Power Station as the potential site for a new stadium, with Kohn Pedersen Fox tasked with drawing up plans for the scheme. Te announcement that a


Cosslett will look to reverse the group’s fortunes


Cosslett appointed chief executive of Fitness First


Andrew Cosslett, the former chief executive of InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) has been named as the new chief executive officer at health club chain Fitness First. Cosslett, who leſt IHG in June last year,


CFC is mulling the development of a new ground at the landmark site


bid for the power station site has been submitted comes aſter the club said an expansion of its Stamford Bridge home had “little chance” of success. Last month, CFC chair Bruce Buck told the IHT Sports Business


Ian Taylor appointed CEO of SkillsActive


Ian Taylor, a two-time Olympic field hockey medallist, has been named as SkillsActive’s chief executive officer. A former chief executive of sports-


cotland, Taylor was part of the gold medal-winning Great Britain field hockey team at the 1988 Olympics in Seoul, South Korea. Interim CEO Suki Kalirai has been


leading SkillsActive since Stephen Studd’s decision to step down with immediate effect in October 2011. To read more from Suki Kalirai on


the appointment of Ian Taylor as CEO of SkillsActive, turn to p.17


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Summit in Turkey that – although the club had no current plans to relocate – redeveloping its existing stadium was not a viable option. Read more: http://lei.sr?a=x4j9M


Brighton’s i360 back on track?


The development of Brighton’s new 175m (574ſt)-tall i360 viewing tower on the south coast could be back on track with the help of government and local authority support. Marks Barfield, which conceived and deliv-


ered the London Eye attraction and is behind the proposed new i360 tower, has currently raised £18m towards the scheme. Te Coast to Coast Capital Local Enterprise


Partnership – a government fund that was established to promote economic growth – has also now agreed to provide a £3m loan. Meanwhile, Brighton and Hove City Council


is to mull plans to kick-start the scheme by borrowing funds to provide a £14m loan.


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Te i360 plans will deliver a 175m (574ſt)-tall tower If the local authority’s cabinet approves the


proposals, the development could be restarted within the next three months, with the new attraction completed inside two years. Details: http://lei.sr?a=z5t2Z


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will take up the new role on 1 June and has been brought in as part of a large-scale restructuring of the troubled chain. During his time at IHG, he oversaw the


relaunch of Holiday Inn as a mid-market chain. He is currently chair of the Rugby World Cup 2015 organising committee. Read more: http://lei.sr?a=W1N6N


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