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SPORT More kids joining sports clubs

New research results have revealed that of all the school pupils who participated in National School Sports Week 2012, 1.8 million (49 per cent) children have been inspired to join a new sports club or team. Te research, conducted by the Centre for Sport, Physical Education & Activity Research (SPEAR) at Canterbury Christ Church University and using a sample size of 2,944 pupils revealed that last year, more than 4.3 million young people across 11,000 schools in the UK participated in National School Week. More than three million (79 per cent) of the 3.8 million from England and Wales are now playing more sport than before with 1.8 million (49 per cent) joining clubs or teams outside of school and 2.1 million (55 per cent) joining a new club or team in school.

Edinburgh bid for national centre gets MSPs’ backing

Edinburgh’s bid to host the proposed £25m National Performance Centre for Sport has secured the backing of 22 MSPs (members of Scottish parliament). Previously, Olympic champion cyclist Sir

Chris Hoy offered his support for the GO Edinburgh 2016 campaign, which is spear- headed by Heriot-Watt and the city council. Plans for the new facility were first

announced by sports minister Shona Robison in 2012. It will feature a multi- sports performance centre including a National Football Academy.

In 2012 4.3m young people in the UK joined in National School Week 57 per cent of pupils had joined a club out-

side of school because they tried a sport and liked it while 42 per cent joined a club because they wanted to win and 67 per cent wanted to play for fun. Since 2009, almost nine mil- lion pupils have taken part in National School Sports Week. Details:

Enhancing high performance is the focus Sport centre aims to prevent osteoarthritis

Arthritis Research UK has launched a new £11m research centre initiative aiming to reduce the impact of sports injuries incurred by elite and recreational players and understand why some sport and exercise injuries develop into debilitating osteoarthri- tis in later life. Te centre, which is based

over multiple sites, is led by Nottingham University Hospitals and the Universities of Nottingham and Oxford. Also participating will be the Universities of Southampton, Bath, Loughborough, Leeds and University College London. The project, which has seen Arthritis

Research UK invest £3m, will be significantly bolstered by an additional £8m investment

Te centre aims to reduce the impact of sport injuries of elite players

being pledged as in-kind support by the seven participating universities. Centre director pro- fessor Mark Batt said: “Sports medicine and osteoarthritis are combining their expertise to understand why some sports injuries lead to osteoarthritis.” Details:

National Volleyball Centre in Kettering gets £40,000 boost

Kettering Borough Council will invest £40,000 over a four-year period to help run the National Volleyball Centre (NVC) in Kettering, Northamptonshire. Kettering has become recognised as the offi- cial home of volleyball, thanks to the success


of the NVC, which is the home of the English National Squads and several national compe- titions. Te centre has also been recognised by volleyball’s Federation International de Volleyball (FIVB) as a world development centre. Details:

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UK Sport and Japan Sport Council sign MOU

UK Sport and the Japan Sport Council have signed an agreement of collabora- tion to reinforce their commitment to work together in an effort to enhance high per- formance in their respective countries. With a signed Memorandum of

Understanding (MOU) it creates further opportunities to exchange ideas and co- operate on projects including the funding of major events, managing elite training centres, high performance evaluation and coaching. Details:

World Cup 2018 costs to ‘more than double’

Te cost of the 2018 football World Cup in Russia could be more than double original estimates, according to the coun- try’s Prime Minister. Dmitry Medvedev told his cabinet in

a meeting that hosting the World Cup will now cost 660bn rubles (£13.21bn, US$20.59bn, €15.41bn) with 336bn rubles (£6.72bn, US$10.48bn, €7.84bn) com- ing from the federal budget. Where the remaining funding will come from has not yet been made clear. Russia controversially won the bidding

for the 2018 World Cup in 2010 ahead of England. Details:

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