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Third of children unable to swim, claims ASA report


T e Amateur Swimming Association (ASA) has called for the sport to receive greater priority aſt er research found that as many as one in three children leave primary school without being able to swim. Drowning is the third most common


cause of accidental death in young people and the ASA has met with the govern- ment to stress the importance of learning to swim. T e research was carried out in partnership with Kellogg’s and also found that nearly 40 per cent of those children unable to swim had not been off ered les- sons. It is expected that 200,000 children will leave primary school this summer with- out being able to swim.


Clubs invited to bid for share of £10m


Sport England has invited sports clubs to bid for an extra £10m worth of National Lottery funding made avail- able under the Inspired Facilities Fund (IFF). The IFF is part of Sport


England’s Places People Play legacy programme, designed to breathe new life into tired facilities that can be unattract- ive to sports participants and diffi cult to maintain. T e £10m is in addition to


£9.4m that has already been made available through the IFF. To date, 377 community sports projects have benefi tted from the latest round of grants. In total, more than £67m will be invested through IFF. At least 70 per cent of the funding will go


T e grants are open to a wide group of organisations with funding needs


to community and voluntary organisations, through grants of between £20,000 and £50,000. T e remaining funding is open to a


Pools are a danger for children who can’t swim


London 2012 to drive up sports development


Drivers Jonas Deloitte has found that sport and fi tness facility openings in London have “gathered pace” ahead of the 2012 Games. According to the latest Sports Crane


survey, more than 350 new facilities have been unveiled across the capital since it was awarded the Games’ hosting rights in 2005. T e fi gure includes 100 new-build facilities, with the remainder consisting of extensions to existing centres. Nearly two-thirds of the projects have been privately-funded. Read more: http://lei.sr?a=F9R2a


StreetGames receives £150,000 funding boost


UK sports charity StreetGames has secured £150,000 through Sport England’s Sportsmatch programme to match grants from Coca-Cola Great Britain and Network Rail. T e charity was launched in 2007 with the aim of increasing participation in dis- advantaged areas in the UK by supporting “doorstep” projects that create opportuni- ties for young people. Jane Ashworth, chief executive offi cer


of StreetGames, said: “It is wonderful that Sportsmatch has chosen to match the fund- ing of our existing partners.”


wider group of organisations, including coun- cils and schools, with grants of up to £150,000 available. As part of eff orts to ensure the techni- cal elements of the application process don’t put off groups with good projects, Sport England has created a catalogue of typical facilities developments. For more information, visit http://inspiredfacilities.sportengland.org


Report: London 2012 to deliver GDP boost


London 2012, its build-up and subsequent legacy will gener- ate £16.5bn of gross domestic product (GDP) for the UK economy, according to Lloyds Banking Group (LBG). A new report by the group


said construction and tourism were the key sectors in driving the economic boost, with the Games supporting 354,000 jobs throughout the UK. The Economic Impact of


the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games cov- ers the period from London being announced as host city in 2005 through to 2017 – a fi ve-year legacy period. LBG said the UK economy will be boosted


T e 2012 Games will deliver benefi ts in this year and in years to come LBG chief economist Patrick Foley said: “As


by £5bn worth of games-related GDP in the legacy period following the Games – particu- larly in terms of physical infrastructure.


this new study demonstrates, London 2012 will help support employment, tourism, consumer spending and living standards, not only this year, but for many years to come.” Read more: http://lei.sr?a=j2h6H


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Green light for Gloucestershire CCC stadium plans A new-look pavilion will incorporate a


Bristol City Council has backed Gloucestershire County Cricket Club’s plans for the redevelop- ment of its County Ground home. Working with Linden Homes, a compre-


hensive revamp is proposed – including the demolition of the Mound and Jessop stands.


10 Read Sports Management online sportsmanagement.co.uk/digital


modern media centre and the County Ground will benefi t from the installation of 7,500 per- manent seats. A number of new residential apartments are also proposed. Read more: http://lei.sr?a=i7w1Q


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