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Stamford AFC’s planned £5m ground gets approval

Stamford AFC’s new ground and sports educational facility has moved a step closer aſter being granted planning permission by the South Kesteven District Council. Te multi-million pound development is

a partnership of the football club, Burghley House Preservation Trust/Burghley Estate Leisure Limited and New College Stamford. Located on land west of Ryhall Road, the stadium will feature a new first team grass pitch with a two-storey covered sta- dium for spectator seating and standing. Details:

Cambridge £25m water park plans

A 220-acre water sports com- plex between Milton and Waterbeach in Cambridgeshire is a step closer to becoming a reality aſter an agreement was reached between the developer, landowners and South Cambridgeshire District Council. Plans to establish the £25m centre were announced in 2004 and received planning per- mission in 2007 – subject to the developer agreement. Te agreement, signed in February, requires

Plans include a 2km-long, international-standard rowing course

the area around the lake to be open to the pub- lic – including 100 acres of woodland. Before building works can begin, a raſt of

conditions relating to drainage, flood risk assessments, impact on the River Cam and land drains – which run adjacent to the planned lake – must also be addressed. When com- pleted, facilities at the complex will include a 3.2km stretch of water, connected to the River

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Virgin signs deal with Lawn Tennis Association

Virgin Active has become the official health club of the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA), under a three-year agreement. Virgin Active will introduce a number

of LTA tennis products to its members – including Mini Tennis, for three- to 10-year-olds and Cardio Tennis, a group fitness class that takes place on a court. Gary Stewart, head of racquet sports

at Virgin Active, said: “Te LTA’s overall purpose mirrors that of Virgin Active – to continue to grow and sustain the sport, nurture young talent and increase partici- pation.” Details:

More British women involved in sport in 2012

Te number of women participating in sport and physical activity has increased by more than one million since 2005, accord- ing to the latest Taking Part survey. Released by the Department for Culture,

Media and Sport (DCMS), the survey examines participation in sport, heritage and the arts in England. The latest report presents figures for

the period January to December 2012 – which includes the period when the UK hosted the Olympics and Paralympics. Details:

Sports village for the deaf opens in Dublin

A multi-million euro sports and social complex for Ireland’s deaf community has officially opened in Dublin. Deaf Village Ireland, which

is located off Ratoath Road in Cabra, features a sports cen- tre and swimming pool along with administration, social, educational, heritage and reli- gious facilities. Te board of the Catholic

Institute for Deaf People (CIDP) set up a new company, called Sportsco, in June 2011 to manage and deliver the proj- ect, which is open to the wider community. John Sisk & Son, member of the SISK Group

Te village features a number of sports facilities designed for the deaf Sign language services will be avail-

was the contractor for the village, which also houses the Life Long Learning Centre for par- ents and teachers of deaf children and will offer research capabilities.

able via the new centre, educating people on the different types of deafness, the vari- ety of deaf sports – including the deaf Olympics – and Irish sign language. Details:

Essex indoor tennis courts get £130,000 refurbishment

Following a two-month closure for refurbish- ment, Southend Leisure & Tennis Centre, managed by Parkwood Community Leisure, has reopened its indoor tennis courts. Te 10-week project, costing £130,000, was a partnership between Parkwood and Southend

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on Sea Borough Council (SBC) and the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA). Improvements include a new lighting sys-

tem, with lux levels meeting the international standard, and resurfacing of the acrylic tennis courts. Details:

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Cam and including a 2km long international competition standard rowing and canoeing course at least 100m wide. Tere will also be a triathlon facility; a three-

mile long cycle circuit built to international competition standards; a combined competi- tion and training BMX track; a lake stocked with fish for angling and a network of cycle paths connecting to Cambridge and Milton Country Park. Details:

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