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SPORT English Heritage rejects stadium plea

An application to list Bristol Rovers’ stadium as a war memorial has been rejected by English Heritage. Te club is planning to sell

off the stadium, which will be turned into a supermarket, to finance the £40m purchase of a new home ground. Tere has been significant

opposition to the proposed ground switch by a small group of protesters, with a legal battle over Sainsbury’s plans to redevelop Horfield, allowing Bristol Rovers to build a new 21,700 seat sta- dium in nearby Frenchay. Te large gates to the sta-

Te club already has planning permission for the proposed new stadium

dium, which date to 1921, are currently listed by English Heritage. Tey include inscriptions which pay tribute to the rugby and football players of Bristol who served during both World Wars and say the ground is a memorial to them. Campaigners argue the entire ground should be

officially recognised as a war memorial but English Heritage has advised the ground does not have the architectural or historic interest to merit listing it. A Bristol Rovers fans’ petition in support of a

Sainsbury’s supermarket at the Memorial Stadium in Horfield has now topped the 12,000 mark, while a legal challenge against the supermarket from the pressure group TRASHorfield is proving a stum- bling block for the proposed development. Bristol Rovers has already been given planning

permission by South Gloucestershire Council to proceed with its new stadium development, designed by Arturus Architects, in Frenchay. Details:

Small increase in number of female leaders

There has been a small increase in the percentage of women occupying roles on England’s sports govern- ing bodies (NGB), according to the latest Trophy Women? report published by the Women’s Sport and Fitness Foundation (WSFF). In total, 27 per cent of all

board members are now female, compared to 23 per cent the year before. Last year, Sport England

introduced new governance guidelines for NGBs, stating that boards should comprise at least 25 per cent women by the year 2017. Te report shows 23 of the 45 NGBs sur-

veyed for the report currently meet the target. Despite the increase, Ruth Holdaway, CEO

of WSFF, said there’s a long way to go to ensure women are fairly represented at the top level. “I find it shocking that in 2014, we still

have so few women in leadership positions in sport,” she said. “Reaching a 30 per cent diversity threshold for NGB Boards by 2017 is

Read Leisure Opportunities online: Female sporting success is still lagging at NGB board level

still entirely possible. Tere is a wide and var- ied pool of talented women out there who are actively seeking these sorts of roles. “NGBs have no excuse, and are missing out

by being so male dominated at the highest lev- els. We want to see this change, and fast – and we will continue through the Women’s Sport Network and other means to support NGBs and the women who serve on their Boards.” Details:

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