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£3.5m funding boost for grassroots rugby in Wales

The Welsh Rugby Union (WRU) has announced an “immediate cash injection” worth £3.5m to improve grassroots rugby across Wales – both on and off the pitch. All of the funding comes in addition to

the budgeted activity already planned in its five-year rolling business plan and is tar- geted at grassroots community clubs. WRU chief executive Roger Lewis said:

“Our focus with this new funding is firmly targeted at the foundations and the future of rugby in Wales.” Read more:

Minister: ‘Coaches key to legacy success’

Sports coaches will play a crit- ical part in creating a sports legacy aſter the London 2012 Games, according to sports minister Hugh Robertson. Speaking at the annual UK

Coaching Summit on 28 May, Robertson said the Games provide a chance “like never before” to raise the profile of sports coaching. He said: “Behind all great

athletes there stands a great coach. However, we need more people to take on these roles both voluntarily and professionally. “After the Games, there

“Behind all great athletes there stands a great coach,” says Robertson

will be many people inspired to take up sport. Clubs, national governing bodies and coaches need to be prepared to help those people coming into their sports.” According to Sports Coach UK figures, there are more than 1.1 million people involved in

Pozzoni has drawn up plans for the new facility

Public exhibition for new Hertfordshire facility plans

An exhibition of plans for a new facility at Cotlandswick, Hertfordshire, has been launched by St Albans City and District Council and DC Leisure Management. Residents in London Colney have been

given the opportunity to comment on pro- posals for the new centre, which include a 60-station gym and an exercise studio. A single court sports hall and syn-

thetic turf pitches will also form part of the Pozzoni-designed leisure centre. Meanwhile, 50 per cent of the Cotlandswick site will remain as green open space. Details:

RCP among Scottish Design Award winners

Edinburgh’s Royal Commonwealth Pool (RCP) – unveiled in March aſter a £37m revamp, has been named among the win- ners at the Scottish Design Awards 2012. The S&P Architects-designed proj-

ect involved stripping back the A-listed building’s shell and rebuilding the facility. It was the winner of the Re-Use of a Listed Building category. S&P Architects worked with Buro

Happold on the RCP scheme, which was also nominated in two other categories. Read more:

Premier League revenues continue to grow

Te combined revenue of the 20 English Premier League clubs increased by 12 per cent to a new record high of £2.3bn for the 2010-11 season. Te latest Annual Review

of Football Finance compiled by Deloitte’s Sports Business Group revealed that broadcast revenue growth was a pri- mary factor behind the latest increase in clubs’ revenues. Broadcast revenue rose 13

per cent to nearly £1.2bn in the first year of a new three- year cycle, with overseas broadcast deal values fuelling the growth. Commercial revenue was up by 18 per cent

Te 21st Annual Review reported further growth in combined revenues Te Annual Review of Football Finance also

– mainly among those with a larger global pro- file – and total matchday revenue also grew 4 per cent, although more than half of the 20 Premier League clubs reported a decline.

found that more than 80 per cent of revenues were being spent on wage costs – up 14 per cent in 2010-11 – and has taken the league’s wages- to-revenue ratio to a record 70 per cent. Read more:

Derry City Council green-lights Brandywell Stadium plans

The £10.3m redevelopment of Northern Ireland’s Brandywell Stadium has moved forward aſter Derry City Council agreed to progress to the next stage of the process. Members of the development committee backed the project at a special meeting, which

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now enables a full business case to be submit- ted to the Northern Ireland Executive. A new-look, 5,100-seat Brandywell Stadium

complying with UEFA Category II regulations is at the centre of the proposals. Read more:

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coaching in the UK – around 76 per cent of whom are volunteers. Te two-day 2012 UK Coaching Summit is

hosted by Sports Coach UK and supported by Sport England and UK Sport. Details:

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