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400,000+ readers leisure opportunities 14 december 2012 - 13 January 2013 ISSUE 596 Daily news & jobs: Record level of people taking part in organised sport

Record numbers of women and men in England are playing sport every week, according to Sport England’s annual Active People Survey. Now in its sixth year, the

report shows that 15.5 million people aged 16 and over are playing sport at least once a week – 750,000 more than in 2010-11 and 1.57 million more than when London won the bid to host the Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2005. Te strongest growth has

been among women, with an increase of more than 500,000 in the past year helping to cut the gender gap in sport. Tere has also been a sharp rise in participa-

Tere has been strong growth in the number of women and girls playing sports in England Participation by disabled people has been

tion numbers in the period since the London 2012 Games got underway. A range of Olympic sports have benefitted from the “summer of sport” as more people have joined clubs – par- ticularly cycling and sailing.

Fifth of tourists visit religious buildings

Britain’s religious buildings are sought after attractions for international tourists, with 6.7 million visiting churches or cathedrals in 2011. According to VisitBritain, religious

buildings are not a deciding factor in themselves for tourists planning to travel to the UK, but they have an important impact on visitor expe- rience. Visiting a religious site is most popular among Brazilians (55 per cent) followed by Australians and Americans (49 per cent) and Russians and Chinese (45 per cent). Details:


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rising steadily since 2005, but still lags far behind that of able bodied people. Earlier this week, Sport England announced a £10.2m National Lottery investment to tackle the chal- lenge of getting more disabled people active. Sport England CEO, Jennie Price, said: “We set the bar high in this survey, measuring only

Bewilderwood poised to go global

Bewilderwood, the children’s outdoor play con- cept involving jungle bridges, treehouses and zip wires, could go global say its founders. Te first site was opened by a Norfolk farmer

in 2007 as a farm diversification project. Now Bure Valley Adventures, the company formed to run it, is awaiting a decision by planners regarding opening a second site at the National Trust property, Tatton Hall, in Cheshire. Talks are also underway regarding land in Windsor and development director Simon Egan said they are talking to companies in Singapore and Canada, as well as Center Parcs in Europe. What gives Bewilderwood its extra edge is the story around it. Tom Blofeld, who owns

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the people who play sport once a week, every week. Tese results show we are on the right track. “I’m particularly pleased

that many more women are taking up sports, from netball and cycling to running. “Sport needs to work even

harder to attract and keep young people. “Te investment in indi-

vidual sports we will be announcing before Christmas will be strongly focussed on getting more 16- to 25-year-

olds playing sport.” Minister for Sport, Hugh Robertson,

said: “One of the key legacy ambitions from London 2012 was to get more people playing sport – something that no other host city has managed to do. “These are excellent figures and show

that we are making good progress.” Details:

Tom Blofield, inventor of Bewilderwood characters

the Norfolk estate, wrote a story about the characters who live there: the tree-inhabitat- ing twiggles and marsh-dwelling boggles. New characters are being developed for Tatton Hall. Details:

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