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sport Glasgow’s Emirates Arena opens

More than 100,000 visi- tors attended the opening weekend of Glasgow’s new Emirates Arena. The sports arena, which

opened its doors on 5 October, will play host to the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. The 10.5-hectare arena is located beside the Commonwealth Games Athletes’ Village and the Celtic Park. It includes an indoor sports

arena, three sports halls with 12 badminton courts, four outdoor five-a-side foot- ball pitches, an outdoor 1km cycle circuit, a Glasgow Club health and fitness centre and a day spa open to the public. Te venue also includes the Sir Chris Hoy

Velodrome – named in honour of the six time Olympic Gold medallist – and designed by architect Ralf Schuermann.

Te centre will be a host venue during the 2014 Commowealth Games The Emirates Arena, which was named

under a £5m sponsorship deal with Emirates airline, will host the badminton and track cycling events during the Commonwealth Games. Glasgow City Council and SportScotland funded the £113m project. Details:

DC Leisure secures £11m Sandwell contract

Plans for an £11m leisure cen- tre and swimming pool in West Bromwich are under- way following the signing of a contract between Sandwell Council and DC Leisure. DC Leisure will design,

build, manage and maintain the town centre complex, due to open in summer 2014. The leisure centre will

have a 25m pool and a sepa- rate learner pool, a sauna and steamroom, a four-court sports hall, a 100-station fitness suite, two dance studios, an indoor children’s adventure play cen- tre and a cafe. A planning application has been submitted and a decision is expected later this year, with work expected to start early next year. Te planned site for the leisure complex is on the corner of Moor and Barton Street.

New use proposed for greyhound stadium

Wimbledon Greyhound Stadium could

become a 10 to 15,000-seat football sta- dium in a proposal put forward by the Greyhound Racing Authority (GRA). As well as a football stadium, the pro-

posal includes 450-500 homes and a substantial retail store. It also includes com- munity benefits such as coaching courses to promote sport to young people across London. Merton Council cabinet member for environmental sustainability and regen- eration, Councillor Andrew Judge, says this is a positive move which could bring AFC Wimbledon back home to Merton. Te GRA will consult with partners over the coming months to flesh out the plans.

Bisham Abbey plans to go before councillors

World-leading sports facilities at Bisham Abbey, where more than 30 Team GB med- alists trained for London 2012 are set to get even better if Sport England’s improvement plans are approved by local councillors. Plans include bringing the outdated

accommodation block into the 21st cen- tury with 50 new rooms and replacing an existing grass pitch with an artificial grass pitch that will be help meet the growing demand for year-round sport.

Te West Bromwich facility will include a 25m swimming pool and gym Over the past six years, DC Leisure has

built 11 leisure facilities worth £110m across the UK. It currently manages more than 100 leisure facilities on behalf of local councils. Details:

£60,000 boost for Scottish Canoeing to ensure Olympic legacy

Scottish Canoeing has been awarded £60,000 to help capitalise on the surge of interest which the Olympics have generated for the sport. Tayside & Fife Regional Sporting Partnership

is providing the cash, which will be used to recruit a performance coach and move forward


with plans to create an excellence hub for sla- lom canoeing in Perthshire. Te Scottish Canoeing Association is keen to

build on the success of Olympic Gold and Silver medallists, Tim Baillie and David Florence. Read more:

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Te initiative aims to increase participation

Scotland’s first basketball school to launch

Scotland’s first ever School of Basketball will be launched at the Ardrossan Academy in North Ayrshire. The centre will form a key part of

Basketball Scotland’s plans to develop the sport and increase participation numbers. Kevin Pringle, CEO of Basketball

Scotland, said: “Tis is a pilot project which we expect to provide us with the evidence which will allow us to develop partnerships to deliver schools of basketball throughout Scotland over the coming years.”

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