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SPORT Inspired Legacy Fund receives £40m

A further £40m of National Lottery funding will be made available for grassroots sport between 2014 and 2017. An announcement from

Sport England said that it will extend its Inspired Facilities Olympic and Paralympic leg- acy fund, designed to improve local facilities - from new play- ing surfaces to floodlights and better changing rooms. So far, 1,361 grassroots

sports facilities have benefitted in the two years since Inspired Facilities was launched, with a total of £69.9m being invested. Tousands of grassroots training schemes

take place each year in parks, sport centres, schools, universities, gyms and colleges. Sport England chair Nick Bitel said: “A year

on from the Olympics, it’s inspiring to see how our investment is transforming sporting facil- ities in hundreds of communities.

Grassroots football will get a £40m boost towards development “Te great news for sports clubs across the

country is that we’re putting an extra £40m into Inspired Facilities so many more projects will benefit in the coming years.” Bids for the next round of Inspired Facilities

funding will be accepted from 21 October 2013. Details:

Global sports events market ‘worth £5.9bn’

The global sports events market will cre- ate £5.9bn of new business for sports service companies in the next 10 years, according to a new report. Published by International Marketing Reports, the study analysed 55 major sports

events taking place in the next decade. Report author Ardi Kolah said: “Major

events are getting bigger, as coun- tries use them to regenerate cities and project their image on the international stage.” Details:

Edinburgh rugby stadium given approval

Plans to build a new commu- nity rugby stadium on the site of the first ever international rugby match in Edinburgh, Scotland, have been approved. City of Edinburgh Council

gave the green light to the plans, submitted by rugby league club Edinburgh Academicals, which will see an £8m stadium being built in Stockbridge – where an inter- national between Scotland and England was played on 27 March 1871. Te 5,000-capacity venue

An artist’s impression of the new 5,000-capacity Raeburn Stadium

will include a rugby museum, conferencing facilities and retail units. Te stadium will be the new home for Edinburgh Academicals. In a statement, the club said: “This is a

significant step towards the new facilities at Raeburn Place and could not have been

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achieved without the robust and widespread support of club members.” Te club said that it will now commission

designs to be drawn up and will look to launch a tender to find a contractor for the project early next year. Details:

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