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SPORT London Welsh look for Oxford home

London Welsh are looking at three ground options avail- able to them in the Oxford area. Te side played at the 12,500-seater Kassam Stadium last season after leaving its old ground in west London. Following relegation, it elected to stay in Oxford rather than return to the capital. Welsh chair, Bleddyn

Phillips believes staying in Oxford will help to make the club commercially viable. “The level of attendance

for ‘home’ games is likely to be demonstrably higher if we continue to play in the Oxford area and thereby strengthen our following and support base,” said Phillips. “There are at least two or three oppor-

tunities available to us in terms of ground location in the region for next season includ- ing the Kassam Stadium where we have the

Te club is looking to move within its current home town of Oxford

option to renew. There have been a num- ber of discussions with several grounds and local clubs and we are very close to finalising what we trust will be an optimum solution for the club in both financial terms as well as the level of facilities available next season. Details:

Tere is now a strategy in place for 40 sports £5.3m Olympic funding windfall for BOA

The Br i t i sh Olympic Association (BOA) has received a £5.3m bonus pay- ment from London 2012 organisers Locog aſter its final accounts had a £30m surplus in their final accounts. In addition, £2.6m has

been given to the British Paralympic Association, while £20m will be paid back to the Department for Culture, Media & Sport. Locog said they had

achieved revenues of £2.41bn (US$3.66bn, €2.82bn) through private sector revenue pro- grammes over the company’s eight-year life, with costs contained at £2.38bn. Te report and accounts actually show a cumu- lative operating loss of £53m (US$80.5m, €62m), however deferred revenue which has

BOA is reaping the benefits of the financial success of the 2012 Games

not been accounted for stands at £78m. Tis combined with other revenue streams such as royalty income, will be sufficient to cover the noted losses. Details:

New £3.1m sports centre opens in Keynsham

A new £3.1m sports centre has been opened in Keynsham, Avon by Paralympic medallist Ben Rushgrove. Te facility, commissioned by the Bath &

North East Somerset Council and Wellsway School, features a six-court sports hall, fitness


suite, activity studio and additional classroom for the school. Multinational infrastructure group Balfour Beatty, operating under the Cowlin Construction banner, worked closely with both staff and students during the proj- ect. Details:

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Record number taking part in disability sport in Wales

According to new figures more disabled people in Wales are taking part in sport than ever before. In December, Sport England announced a nationwide £493m four-year investment in an effort to get more people involved in sport following the London 2012 Olympic Games. Disability Sport Wales (DSW) has

credited the Paralympic legacy along with grassroot investment as the reason for the surge in numbers. Since December 2012, 31 sports received

their largest ever investment in grass roots sport with cycling, netball, wheelchair bas- ketball and triathlon all receiving increases of over 30 per cent. “Our biggest challenge in sports per

se, not just disability sports, is to be more inclusive so that disabled people can take part in mainstream clubs,” said DSW exec- utive director Jon Morgan. Morgan also said that mainstream clubs

are now being offered the education and support to allow that to happen. In 2000, a Welsh government-funded

programme placed disability sport devel- opment officers in all of the Welsh local authorities. Following the Sport England announcement, developed plans were developed for 40 sports in order to make it a practical lifestyle for disabled people. Details:

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Work starts on Huddersfield sports centre

Work has begun on a new £36m leisure cen- tre in Huddersfield, Yorkshire. Te new Huddersfield Leisure Centre

is being built on the former site of the Spring Grove car park, in Springwood, Huddersfield. Te new facility will feature a 25-metre swimming pool, a teaching pool, two sports halls, climbing, squash and mar- tial arts facilities, a large fitness suite, a café and a children’s area. Te centre will also include a family leisure water facility, which will have a beach and water flume among several other features.

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