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SPORT Shake-up of Derby’s sporting venues


Derby County Football Club’s (DCFC) Pride Park stadium will be renamed as part of a £7m sponsorship deal, Derbyshire County Cricket Club (DCCC) has launched a funding bid to redevelop its home ground and the county’s university has submitted plans for a new £9m sports centre. Pride Park wil l be


rebranded as iPro Stadium next month (December), following DCFC’s deal with global sports drink company iPro Sport.


Te £7m deal will run for


10 years and is believed to be one of the biggest inde- pendent sponsorship deals arranged by a club in Football League history. Meanwhile, DCCC is looking to secure £1.9m


worth of loans and grants to allow a £3.6m redevel- opment of its County Ground venue to go ahead. Te redevelopment would include a new media


centre and increase the ground’s capacity from nearly 5,000 to 7,000 strengthening the club’s case to hosting a 2019 World Cup game. Te club has already been given a provisional


Derby County FC’s Pride Park is to be renamed the iPro Stadium


green light for £1.7m of funding from the England and Wales Cricket Board towards the project. Plans for a multi-million pound sports centre


at the University of Derby have also been submit- ted to the city council. The new £9m sports centre’s primary use


would be for staff and students, but there will be opportunities for use by affiliated sports organ- isations, schools and the wider community. Details: http://lei.sr?a=e9p2A


sportscotland launches £10m clubs grant


sportscotland has launched a £10m, four-year funding plan which will create 50 new regional development posts for scottish governing bod- ies of sport (SGBs). The investment will also


see a Direct Club Investment (DCI) programme being launched to support the growth of individual clubs. Te new investment for the


regional development posts totalling £5.8m over the next four years, is part of a strat- egy to ensure there are more professional people working directly to support local sports clubs, which will help improve the overall quality of the school to club to performance pathways. According to Stewart Harris, CEO of


Te funding is part of a strategy to bring more professionals into local


sportscotland, the new grants mark a sig- nificant change in the way local sports clubs in Scotland are supported and will pro- vide a model which helps clubs develop in a sustainable way. “We are making significant progress in


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implementing a world-class sporting system at all levels and this investment demonstrates our commitment to the growth of clubs through- out the country,” he said. “The connection between school sport,


club sport and high performance sport is crucial in our drive to provide more and better opportunities for people to become involved in sport and physical activity.” Details: http://lei.sr?a=R2D3v


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