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SPORT Sport improves academic results

A US study has revealed that team sport is the only extra- curricular activity to make significant difference to the academic results of students. Teenagers who belong to sports clubs compared to oth- ers such as drama or debating – are also more likely to complete their education and higher education. The study, conducted

by the University of South Carolina and Pennsylvania State University, collected data from 9,700 high school students aged between 14 and 18. Te study also revealed that teenagers living in the countryside are more likely to take part in extra-curricular activity when compared with those from cities. Te results were still true even aſter the students’ race, sex, previous achievements and socio-economic background were taken into consideration.

Team sport can make a significant difference to learning outcomes Matthew Irvin, assistant professor in the

Department of Educational Studies at the University of South Carolina, said: “Sport and physical activities allow a person to develop a mentoring relationship with adults and with positive, school-oriented peers.” Details:

East Riding College to get £220,000 sports facility

East Riding College in Bridlington, East Yorkshire will soon be benefiting from a £220,000 multi-use games area (MUGA), with plans for the new all-weather sports facility to be ready from September. Te playing surface will cover 1,789sq m (19,256sq ſt) and will be

built during the summer, with the facility up and running in time for the new year. Te new area will accommodate three tennis

courts, two five-a-side football pitches, three basketball courts and can also be used for net- ball, volleyball, handball and hockey.

Top-flight football revenue hits new high

English Premier League earnings have hit new heights as the teams in football’s top flight enjoyed combined revenues of almost £2.4bn in 2011-12. With a new television rights deal on the horizon, figures for the Premier League are expected to soar further to £3bn. Live domestic rights have been sold for more

than £1bn per season, an increase of more than 70 per cent on the previous deal, according to business advisory firm Deloitte. However, clubs in the Championship have

seen team debts increase as they bid to get promoted into the top-flight. Revenues have also increased among

England’s 92 league clubs, surpassing the £3bn mark, though overstretching in bids to get promoted is meaning teams are struggling finan- cially. During 2012, Championship clubs’ net debt reached a record level of £900m - with two- thirds of second tier clubs seeing debt rise. Te Premier League by comparison has a net debt of £2.4bn, although that debt includes

Read Leisure Opportunities online: Teams at the top increased their revenues in 2012

£1.4bn of interest-free soſt loans from owners, of which around 90 per cent relate to just three clubs: Chelsea (£895m), Newcastle United (£267m), and Queen’s Park Rangers (£93m). Eight Premier League clubs also saw a reduc- tion in net debt over the 2011-12 season.

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