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SPORT £5.1m for local sports projects

Sport England has announced that 32 new sporting projects will share a slice of a £5.1 m National Lottery fund. “Tis fund was created to

respond to demand among local communities for invest- ment to reach down to the local level”, said Mike Diaper, community sport director for Sport England. “By working with new

partners, taking a flexible approach and investing in innovative ideas, we’re offer- ing people the chance to get into sport in a way that most suits their needs and aspirations.” One recipient of the funding (receiving

Te funding will be used for a wide range if initiatives across England

£177,826) is Wigan Borough Sports Council, which plans to establish four new sports zones. Elsewhere, St Mary’s University College in London was awarded £246,860 to provide more opportunities for women to take part

in sport. Tis is the first of five rounds of fund- ing, with a total investment of £40m on offer. A second round of bids, ending 1 July 2013, is currently underway with grants of between £50,000 and £250,000 for a wide range of proj- ects to be funded by the Community Sport Activation Fund (CSAF). Details:

Te proposals have now secured council backing Decline in children’s sport ‘worrying’

More than a third of teachers have reported a reduction in the amount of time spent on school sport and PE activities over the last two years. The figures come from

a study carried out by The Smith Institute - an indepen- dent think-tank that holds close ties with the Labour Party. The study surveyed more than 1,000 teachers and school sports officials as part of the report. A third (33.7 per cent) of

Romford’s new Ice Cube project gets go ahead

Te new Romford Leisure Development in Essex, which includes an ice rink has been given the green light by Havering’s Regulatory Services Committee. Designed by FaulknerBrowns Architects,

the venue swill be located on a compact urban site in Romford centre includes a com- petition pool and ice rink under one roof, something the town has never seen before. A new eight-lane 25m pool and kiddie’s learner pool will occupy the ground floor together with the entrance foyer and café, overlooked by a fully-equipped health and fitness gym. Details:

Te time spent doing sport and PE has fallen in UK schools since 2011

primary school teachers said there had been a decrease in sporting par- ticipation, while 11.6 per cent said there had been an increase. Te remaining 54.7 per cent reported no change. In secondary schools, 34.6 per cent reported a drop in activity while 57.1 per cent said

participation was unchanged - with only 8.2 per cent saying there had been an increase. Te reported drops have been measured

since 2010, when the government cut the £162m a year “school sports partnerships” scheme. Details:

Parkour road show to travel the UK

Leisure operators wanting to offer Parkour to their users will have the opportunity to find out more about the rapidly growing sport at a series of free events taking place across the UK. Beginning in Cardiff on 20 May 2013, the Parkour Roadshow is being


hosted by Freemove, a specialist developer of Parkour equipment. As well as learning about Parkour and its history, attendees to each event will be able to see demonstrations and try out portable indoor Parkour equipment. Details:

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Glasgow 2014 reveals family-friendly ticketing

Te organising committee for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games (GOC) has announced that 66 per cent of tickets will be priced at £25 or less as part of a strategy to make the Games family friendly. Announced its intention of delivering

‘packed stadia and a ‘Games for every- one’, GOC unveiled that access to sporting events at one of the world?s greatest multi- sports Games will start from just £15 for adults. Te price of a ticket also includes access to public transport in the local area on the day of your event.

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Work underway on new £6m Welsh sports hub

Ystrad Mynach is set to get a new hub of sporting excellence in South Wales with the development of a £6m sporting facility, due to open in early 2014. Te project will feature two full size 3G

rugby and football pitches laid to national and international standards. Tese will be supported by an Integrated Sport and Community Complex comprising changing rooms, training gym, treat- ment rooms, offices and meeting rooms, and conference and community facilities. Details:

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