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SPORT Craven Cottage revamp underway

Fulham Football Club has been granted a river works licence to enable it to prog- ress with the development of its Riverside Stand. Fulham received plan-

ning consent for the development in July 2013, subject to the licence being obtained. Te club is now in a position to commence with a projected timetable for the development. One of the key consider-

ations of the Port of London Authority in granting the licence is the club’s commit- ment to the opening up of the river walkway to enable it to be enjoyed by the local commu- nity and the general public for the first time in recent history. Te new walkway will include a number of facilities such as a café, public toilets and a restaurant. Te expansion will see stadium capacity expanded to 30,000 seats

Te redevelopment includes a new river walkway open to the public

from 25,000 with the new stand designed to mirror the bend in the river. Te new stand will also provide facilities for community and other uses on non-match days. Architects KSS Group have been chosen

for the redevelopment, with the rebuild cost undisclosed. Details:

Aberdeen’s £22m Aquatics Centre opens

Te new £22m Aquatics Centre at the Aberdeen Sports Village (ASV) in Scotland has opened to the public. Facilities at the centre include

an Olympic-standard 50m, 10-lane swimming pool and a separate, compe- tition-standard 25m pool with diving facilities and seating for 500 spectators. Te centre has become one of only ten facilities in the UK with full diving facili- ties and platforms up to 10 metres. The Aquatics Centre, designed by

FaulknerBrowns Architects, is a joint proj- ect between the University of Aberdeen, Aberdeen City Council and sportscotland. David Beattie, chief executive at ASV, said:

Te pool will be used by the public and elite athletes

“Tis world class facility, in the heart of the city, is absolutely fantastic for Aberdeen. “Attracting high profile events such as the

Commonwealth Waterpolo Championships last month is another significant advantage that the centre brings, with the impact that

greatly benefitting the local economy. We are working with other sporting bodies to secure similar events in the coming months.” Davis Langdon project managed the scheme,

which is designed to expand and build on the success of the £28m ASV that opened in 2009. Details:

Entrepreneurs receive funding to boost active lifestyles

Four entrepreneurs have been awarded a share of funding following a competition launched to bring progressive geography, technology and design-based ideas to life in the UK. Following the culmination of the Ordnance Survey’s GeoVation Challenge, ventures


Mapsum, Ramblers Scotland, OpenPlay and Pan Studio will all gain funding to help prog- ress their platforms, which have been designed to increase participation in sport and physical activ- ity. Te winning ideas each won up to £26,000. Details:

Twitter: @leisureopps Finishing touches are being added to the centre

Batchwood Sports Centre to return after £6.6m rebuild

Batchwood Sports Centre in St Albans, Hertfordshire is to reopen on 26 May fol- lowing a £6.6m redevelopment. Te centre, which was devastated in an

arson attack in 2011, includes six indoor ten- nis courts – an increase on the four in the previous facility – and a will provide new home for the St Albans Judo Club. Other facilities include a 48-station health

club with a strength and conditioning suite and refurbished squash courts. Owned by St Albans City and District

Council, the centre will be operated by lei- sure management company 1Life. Te centre was designed by AFLS+P architects with Willmott Dixon serving as the lead contrac- tor for the construction project. Redevelopment funding has come from

a combination of external grants, insurance funds and the council’s leisure budget. Te Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) pro-

vided a £600,000 grant for the project to ensure grassroots tennis remains strong in the region. A further £500,000 was received from Sport England’s Iconic Facilities Fund. Details:

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Disabled sport should seek emotional connection: study

Disabled people are more likely to respond to activities which connect to their every- day values, according to a new English Federation of Disability Sport (EFDS) report. The Motivate Me report – researched

and produced by 2CV on behalf of EFDS – claims that the majority of current sport and physical activity initiatives aimed at disabled people fail to engage audiences effectively. This is attributed to sports providers

tending to focus on the audience’s disabil- ity or impairment when offering sporting opportunities and promotions – and miss- ing out on the emotional connection that is oſten required to attract disabled people. Details:

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