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£24m ON-X centre opens in Renfrewshire

Te new ON-X community leisure com- plex in Linwood, Renfrewshire, Scotland opened its doors on 25 March. Designed by Cre8 Architecture, the cen-

tre will become the region’s primary leisure hub and houses three pool areas compris- ing a 25m, six-lane competition pool; a 15m learner pool and a leisure pool. A sports hall, squash courts and health

club will also form part of the complex, as well as five-a-side pitches and an improved athletics track. It has been built by BAM Construction.

£150m boost for school sport

The government has con- firmed it will make an extra £150m a year investment in PE and school sport over the next two years. As reported in Leisure

Opportunities on 13 March, the ring-fenced money will be jointly provided by the Department for Education, Department for Health and DCMS and will go directly to primary school headteach- ers to spend on improving the quality of sport and PE. Funding for each school

Te extra funding is aimed at improving aſter-school sports provision

will be calculated by the num- ber of primary-aged pupils based on January 2013 figures and schools will have to spend the money on improving their provision of PE and sport. All schools with 17 or more primary-aged

pupils will receive a lump sum of £8,000 plus a premium of £5 per pupil. Smaller schools will

ukactive chief executive David Stalker hopes to share knowledge between the two trade bodies

SRA and ukactive join forces to activate nation

Te Sport and Recreation Alliance (SRA) and ukactive have joined forces to get more people active and to help national governing bodies (NGBs) understand the public health agenda – with a number of new reforms to be introduced in April. At an Alliance divisional meeting this month ukactive presented on the shiſting health landscape in the first step in the partnership. ukactive chief executive David Stalker

said: “By forging a partnership between ukactive and the Sport and Recreation Alliance we hope to be able to share some of our knowledge of public health delivery, specifically how to target inactive popula- tions and maximise local engagement in sport and physical activity.” NGBs are now responsible for the

commissioning of community health ser- vices, such as emergency care, and local authorities will receive around £2.7bn annually for the commissioning of public health services. Chief executive of the Sport and

Recreation Alliance Tim Lamb said: “When you look at our combined membership we have a huge footprint and I am sure we can really put that to use in tackling ill-health.” Details:

receive £500 per pupil. Crucially, schools will have the freedom to choose how and what the money will be spent on – a decision which will provide a boost for the UK’s sports provider sector and professional coaches. To see the full government announcement on the funding, see:

Health through sport scheme gets £5.8m

Thousands of people living with and recovering from cancer are among those who will be helped to get more active after Sport England announced funding of £5.8m through its Get Healthy Get Into Sport fund. Macmillan Cancer Support,

which will receive £0.5m, is one of 14 groups to ben- efit. Its project, in which Macmillan is investing a fur- ther £230,000, will open up fresh sporting opportunities for cancer patients in 10 parts of England, including work in Oxford to help 14- to 25-year-olds with cancer to get active. Almost 130,000 inactive people are expected

to get involved in sport through the Sport England scheme, which will explore a wide range of ways to use sport to improve health.

Te scheme aims to get 130,000 inactive people taking part in sport Physical inactivity is the fourth leading risk

factor for global mortality aſter high blood pressure, tobacco use and high blood glucose and recent research shows that it costs the NHS in England £944m. Details:

British Cycling aims to get 1m more women cycling

British Cycling plans to have a million more women cycling in the UK by 2020 by shiſting the culture and accessibility of the sport, it has revealed in a new document. ‘A Journey of Inspiration and Opportunity - Our Vision for Women’s Cycling 2013-2020’

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revealed the organisation wants increased female membership, more women riding com- petitively and more women involved in the governing of the sport. In 2012 525,000 UK women were regularly cycling. Details:

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