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SPORT Sportscotland: £50m for schools

Sportscotland is to invest a further £50m into its Active Schools Network, which creates opportunities for young people to participate in sport before school, dur- ing lunch, and aſt er school. The grassroots agency

will distribute the money across the Network’s 32 local authorities from 1 April 2015 to 31 March 2019. Funding for the initiative,

which this year celebrates its 10th anniversary, has been continued due to the suc- cess it has had in activating Scotland’s young people. T e latest fi gures from 2012-13 show a 13 per

Olympic hurdler and Active Schools Ambassador Eilidh Child

cent increase in participant sessions compared to the previous year – a rise of more than half a million to 5.1 million. According to sports minister Shona Robison, the programme has become embedded as part of the “fabric of

school life” and is a key reason for the number of schools meeting national PE targets being higher in Scotland than elsewhere in the UK. “Active Schools Network has been success-

fully bringing volunteers and schools together to deliver activity for young people across the country,” she said. Details:

UK Sport doubles winter Olympic funding

UK Sport is to double its investment in Team GB’s Winter Olympic athletes ahead of the 2018 Winter Olympics . The decision follows this year’s

Sochi Winter Games, where Team GB equalled its all-time record of four med- als, achieved at the inaugural Winter Olympics in Chamonix in 1924. The Paralympic team won six medals, its best haul in 30 years – including a fi rst ever winter Paralympic gold medal. UK Sport will invest up to £31m across

eight winter Olympic and Paralympic sports that have demonstrated credible medal potential either at PyeongChang 2018 or the following Winter Games in 2022. T e funding is more than double the investment allocated in the Sochi cycle (£14m). On the Paralympic side the increase is even

Lizzy Yarnold setting off on her winning skeleton run In a statement, UK Sport said Team GB’s

performance at Sochi this year had “made a compelling case” for investment to be increased. Liz Nicholl, CEO of UK Sport, said:

more signifi cant – the £4m earmarked for the next Paralympic cycle is more than fi ve times the investment given to the Sochi cycle.

“Our winter Olympic and Paralympic ath- letes performed exceptionally in Sochi. Details:

Leyton Orient chair Barry Hearn to sell club to Italian Becchetti

Leyton Orient Football Club (LOFC) chair Barry Hearn has confi rmed he is looking to sell his majority share in the club to Italian businessman Francesco Becchetti. Earlier this year, the Italian – who’s family owns the Becchetti Energy Group (BEG) – was


linked with a takeover bid for Championship team Reading FC. In a statement, LOFC said any sale would be subject to due diligence and Football League approval and that the club would “not be making any further comment at this stage.” Details:

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