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400,000+ readers leisure opportunities 22 January – 4 february 2013 ISSUE 598 Daily news & jobs: www.leisureopportunities.co.uk Project to get women more active


Sport England CEO Jennie Price has outlined details of a new lottery-funded ini- tiative, aimed at increasing the number of women play- ing sport. Speaking at the Us Girls Conference at Warwick University, Price said the new pilot project would examine how an intensive campaign in a specific town or city can change the sporting habits of local women and girls. Sport England will now


consult partners about the ideal location for the pilot and the providers and influencers who can cre- ate the best possible environment for women to choose sport. Te approach is supported by the sports minister Maria Miller, who has asked Sport England to prioritise wom- en’s sport and recenty held talks with leisure operators about the issue. Miller said: “2012 has seen the number of women playing sport increase significantly.


Two-year health budget revealed


Te government has confirmed the two-year budget local authorities will work within when they take over public health responsibility from the NHS in April. Te transfer of responsibility aims to help


people live “longer healthier and more fulfill- ing lives” by tackling wider determinants of poor health such as housing, planning, licens- ing, transport and leisure access. For 2013-14 a budget of just under £2.7bn


will be distributed amongst authorities, which will increase to just under £2.8bn in 2014-15. Earlier this month, a report by the Local


Government Information Unit (LGIU) and London’s Westminster City Council made


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recommendations for how councils could make the most of their new responsibility for public health. Among other recommen- dations it said more GPs should prescribe patients exercise at council leisure facilities. Details: http://lei.sr?a=o0o2v


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Te pilot scheme will assess the effectiveness of the UK’s sports projects “A key part of the 2012 legacy will be for the


number of women playing sport to increase. It is essential that we engage with women of all ages for that to happen.” Despite a large increase in the number


of women in England playing sport reg- ularly over the past year, women are still much less likely to be active than men. Details: http://lei.sr?a=J7z0E


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Council backs bailout of Coventry’s Ricoh Arena


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Coventry City Council has voted to bail out the Ricoh Arena stadium company with a £14m loan. Arena Coventry Limited (ACL) runs the stadium on behalf of the council and the Alan Edwards Higgs Trust. Coventry City Football Club has been


in a long-running dispute with ACL over unpaid rent since March last year. Te move means the Council is effectively becoming banker to ACL, so that it can pay off its current loan arrangements with its existing bank. Details: http://lei.sr?a=N7V5d


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