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SPORT Tweddle launches kids initiative

Olympic bronze medallist and triple world gymnastics cham- pion, Beth Tweddle, is launching a gymnastics programme for young children. Gym Stars is being delivered

through Total Gymnastics, an organisation Tweddle formed with fellow Olympic bronze medallist, Steve Parry, in 2009. It develops gymnastic academies in partnership with schools and leisure providers. Currently 650 two-to 11-year-olds are on the academy programme. Tweddle says that she wants to give every

child the chace to try gymnastics at a recre- ational level. Gym Stars is aimed at two-to eight-year-olds to develop basic gymnastic skills, which are transferable to other sports. The programme also nurtures gymnas-

tic ability, providing opportunities for the development of young sporting talent, with pathways into local gymnastics clubs.

Sepp Blatter wants the 2022 finals held in winter

Decision time looms on FIFA World Cup 2022

Te programme aims to nurture gymnastic ability in young people SLM Everyone Active, David Lloyd Leisure,

Tempus Leisure and Sportspace are currently signed up to the programme. South east regional director for Everyone

Active, Duncan Jefford, said: “The pro- gramme teaches kids crucial skills that will stand them in good stead for other sports and leading a healthy, active lifestyle.” Details:

Sunderland planning £11m leisure centre

A planning application for an £11m leisure cen- tre in Washington has been unveiled by the council. Te centre will include a six

lane, 25m pool, a four court sports hall, a multi-purpose sports hall, two squash courts, sauna, steamrooms and relax- ation area, a soſt play centre and football pitches. A well- ness centre will comprise a 100-station gym, spinning studio, exercise studio and two consultation rooms. Pellikaan Construction has

A decision is expected to be made next month on whether to switch the FIFA World Cup in Qatar in 2022 from its tra- ditional summer date (June-July) to the winter months (December-February). The FIFA executive committee is set

to meet on 3-4 October to decide on the details of the 2022 tournament, which has become a headache for the world governing body ever since it controversially awarded the competition to footballing minnow Qatar in December 2010. After winning the bid, the Middle

Eastern country’s climate was deemed too hot to host a sports tournament. During the summer months temperatures can reach 50C, resulting in calls for the event to be held in January instead. A switch to a cooler time of the year has

not proven to be a simple task for FIFA. Tere was initial vociferous opposition to

switching the tournament from summer to winter from European professional football leagues - particularly the English Premier League. League officials said moving the World Cup dates would cause serious scheduling problems for the leagues for three successive seasons from 2020-21 to 2022-23. Details:

Te centre will be funded by the council’s £60m capital programme fund

already been appointed and the centre could be up and running in 2015. Te project will be funded by Sunderland City Council’s £60m capital programme fund. Councillor John Kelly, portfolio holder for public health, wellness and culture says:

“Washington Leisure Centre is an age- ing facility and this investment is designed to help secure new and high qual- ity facilities for many years to come.” Details:

Scottish sports minister Shona Robison has said the government wants to field indepen- dent teams, separate from Team GB, at the Olympics and Paralympics at Rio 2016 – if the country votes for independence in a year’s time.


Independent Scotland “would not be part of Team GB” in Rio Speaking to BBC Sport, Robison – who

is a Scottish National Party MSP – claimed Scotland would meet the strict conditions in order to become an Olympic nation, but didn’t outline how the athletes would be funded. Details:

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Wales hockey centre’s new £170,000 pitch a ‘UK first’

The home of Hockey Wales has been upgraded with a Greenfield TXpitch, the first of its kind in the UK and the same sur- face that will be used at next year’s Hockey World Cup in Te Hague, the Netherlands. Te £170,000 investment included the

replacement of the playing surface and shock pad and is part of a strategy to cre- ate a hockey centre of excellence in Cardiff. Hockey Wales CEO Helen Bushell said:

“Te new surface is the first of its type in the UK and will provide our performance athletes with a high quality environment to compete internationally.” Te contractor for the project was S&C Slatter. Details:

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