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SPORT UK longest indoor ski slope planned


Swindon could become home to the longest ski slope in the UK as part of the revised plans for the multi million pound revamp of the Oasis Leisure centre. In the new plans, the slope would exceed the cur- rent longest UK slope at Xscape Braehead in Scotland, which holds the record at 200 metres in length. “This development will


make Swindon the best indoor skiing venue in the country,” said Keith Williams, Swindon Borough council’s cabinet member for leisure and strate- gic transport. “Understandably there is a great deal of excitement surrounding the scheme and the leisure and employment benefits it will provide to Swindon.” Te plans which would now include every-


thing under one roof, feature the indoor ski slope, a 7,000-seater arena, leisure shops and


A number of plans have been put forward for the Oasis in Swindon


facilities. Later this month work will begin to refurbish the Oasis gym with 100 new pieces of equipment as part of a £2m refurbishment of the Dome. On 1 April, Greenwich Leisure Limited took over the day-to-day man- agement of the Oasis for the next 25 years. Details: http://lei.sr?a=8M8L8


Work begins on Burgess Park BMX track Te track will be free to use and has been


Construction work has started on a 400m (1,312ſt) BMX track in Burgess Park, Southwark, South London. Ground Control Ltd has been appointed


as the contractor for the new £800,000 track which will open in summer 2013.


designed to cater for both novices and compe- tition-standard riders. It will feature a starting hill, a variety of jumps and floodlighting. Te venue will be capable of hosting international races. Details: http://lei.sr?a=p4O6V


Bury chosen to lead women’s sport pilot


Te town of Bury has received £1.8m funding to run an intensive one-year pilot to get more girls and women active and to tackle the gen- der gap in sport. Funded by National Lottery funding from Sport England, the scheme will run highly visible activities across the borough including in local parks and leisure centres. Sports on offer will fall into four areas:


well-known sports played in different forms or settings (such as cardio tennis); outdoor fitness such as bootcamps in parks or group runs; dance and fitness sessions; and pro- grammes to encourage older women to get more involved in sport. Despite an increase in women playing sport


regularly over the past year, they are still much less likely to be active than men. Secretary for culture, media and sport,


Maria Miller, said: “Last year’s Olympic and Paralympic Games were a triumph for women’s sport, showcasing positive role models such as Jess Ennis and Ellie Simmonds.”


Read Leisure Opportunities online: www.leisureopportunities.co.uk/digital Te scheme will look to close the gender gap in sport Twitter: @leisureopps © CYBERTREK 2013


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