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SPORT Volunteers worth £7.9bn to sport

Figures released by sports website provider Pitchero suggest that Britain’s grass- roots sport structure is heavily reliant on the hours donated by an army of volunteers. Pitchero’s report shows that

there are an estimated 150,000 community sports clubs in the UK – each of which ben- efits from the support of an average of 24 volunteers. Pitchero surveyed a total

of 2,341 volunteers on its database and found that the average amount of time they volunteered for was 6.7 hours per week. With the UKs minimum wage set at £6.31

per hour, the time put in by the UK’s 3.6 mil- lion volunteers totals £7.9bn. Mark Fletcher, CEO and founder of

Pitchero, claims the statistics are a conserva- tive estimate.

Grassroots sport relies heavily on unpaid volunteer work He said: “We based the calculation on the

minimum wage for adults over 21 which is £6.31 per hour rather than an average wage.” Research also showed that 95 per cent of

the volunteers who completed the survey were adults aged 30 and over. Less than 2 per cent of those surveyed fell into the 16-21 age bracket. Details:

British Cycling investing in Torbay with new velodrome

Torbay is to benefit from British Cycling’s leg- acy plans to get millions more people cycling, through improved infrastructure and facilities. Plans for the town include an outdoor velo-

drome and closed road circuit and Torbay Council is currently carrying out a public

consultation to establish the best place for the facilities to be located. British Cycling is providing 50 per cent of

the funding and Torbay Council has agreed to match the remaining 50 per cent, around £800,000. Details:

Scotland performance centre location picked

Te Scottish government has chosen Edinburgh to host its £30m National Performance Centre for Sport (NPCS). To be located at

the Riccarton

Campus of Heriot-Watt University, the NPCS will support the high per- formance needs of football, rugby and volleyball while offering additional dedi- cated support to a range of other sports. The centre is expected to be fully

operational by 2016 with construction due to start later this year. Te NPCS will be backed by £25m

from the Scottish Government and £2.5m each from Heriot-Watt University and the City of Edinburgh Council. Te centre will offer an indoor full-size 3G

Te centre will accomodate a number of sports programmes Indoor facilities include: a nine court sports

football pitch with seating for 500, a full size Hampden grass pitch with seating for 500, a synthetic 3G pitch, two goalkeeper training areas, two grass rugby pitches, five grass foot- ball pitches and three outdoor tennis courts.

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hall; a 100 station fitness suite; hydrotherapy, strength and conditioning and treatment areas; office accommodation for governing bodies; and also incorporate the existing facilities at the University’s Centre for Sport and Exercise. Details:

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