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SPORT 15m take part in sport each week

New figures from Sport England reveal that 15.3m people now play sport at least once a week. According to the figures –

for the first four months of 2013 – the number of young people aged between 16 and 25 playing sport regularly has reached 3.86m. Tis is an increase of nearly

63,000 on the previous 12 months, with strong advances in sports such as basket- ball and swimming. Among women, boosts in boxing and netball have helped to drive a year-on- year increase of 89,900, further narrowing the gender gap in sport. Although there is still a gap - dubbed “unac-

ceptable” by Sport England - between the number of disabled people and non-disabled people playing sport, the figures for disabled people have been rising steadily since 2005.

More than 3.8m young people aged between 16-25 play sport regularly Te latest figures show an increase of 46,600

over the past year with Paralympic sports like equestrianism and athletics growing in popularity. According to minister for sport and tourism,

Hugh Robertson, the 2012 Games have had a significant affect on the increases in partici- pation numbers. Details:

New Orkney swimming pool to open this month

A new pool is set to open to the public on 22 June on the island of Orkney. The new Pickaquoy Centre in Kirkwell

will include a six lane, 25-metre pool, fitted with a moveable floor as well as a teaching pool, toddler pool, sauna/steamroom, three

squash courts and changing/spectating areas. “The pool and the other new additions,

really are superb facilities, which will serve the community well for many years to come,” said Council convener Steven Heddle. Details:

Asda and Sports Leaders join forces

A new partnership between supermarket chain Asda and community sports organ- isation Sports Leaders UK aims to improve the health and employment prospects of young people, supporting 150,000 annually to get quali- fications in sports leadership. Te initiative has already

received the Inspired by 2012 brand, launched by the Department of Culture, Media and Sport in April. During the summer of

Baroness Tanni Grey-Tompson at the launch of the partnership

2013, the scheme will see more than 400 free sports days being organised in primary schools across the UK, designed to help inspire the next generation of chil- dren to get active. Asda will be providing free healthy refreshments for all of the events and the Community Life Champions will be

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asked to support their local event on the day. Linda Plowright, CEO of Sports Leaders

said: “Working with ASDA will help us deliver awards and qualifications that help young people gain skills for life.” Details: http://lei. sr?a=P8W8R

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