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SPORT New Welsh sport and health tie-up

A partnership agreement between the Welsh NHS Confederation and Sport Wales has been described as a “major step” towards a healthcare system based on preventative measures. In the first agreement of its

kind, the two organisations are due to sign a memo- randum of understanding (MOU), set to create a health- ier and more equal Wales. Te three-year MOU will

set out six areas of cooper- ation. Tese include making people in Wales more active and to encourage people to look aſter their own health and thereby help to take care of the health of future generations. Te two will also work together to support

the drive for a mass shiſt in public thinking about their health and exchange information of mutual interest – while developing joint areas of work that promote “sport for all”. “We know the importance of the links

between sport with health and this new memo- randum demonstrates a commitment from both sectors to come together to promote healthier

Sarah Powell, CEO of Sport Wales, is determined to boost active living

living and improve the health and wellbeing of the people of Wales,” said Helen Birtwhistle, Welsh NHS Confederation director. Sarah Powell CEO of Sport Wales, added:

“Tis is not just a partnership that sits on paper; we’re not just talking about sitting in committees discussing the issues. Tat would be pointless. “We have a National Health Service, not a

National Sickness Service. We need to help people to stay healthy. We need GPs to con- sider referring people to undertake activity.” Details:

Wasps rugby club lands Ricoh Arena deal

Aviva Premiership rugby club London Wasps has secured a deal to buy a 51 per cent stake in Ricoh Arena in Coventry – one of Europe’s largest multi-purpose venues. The deal will see Wasps

move from its current home at Adams Park in Buckinghamshire – a venue it has shared with Wycombe Wanderers Football Club since 2002 – to the city of Coventry. In a statement, Wasps said

it plans to play its first home game at the 32,600-capacity Ricoh Arena in December 2014 – against either Castres or London Irish. Te deal is not believed to affect the home games of Coventry City Football Club, which only returned to play its home games at Ricoh Arena last month following a season-long exile due to a dispute over rent with stadium operator ACL. Wasps bought the 51 per cent share in

Ricoh from Coventry City Council (CCC), which unanimously agreed to the sale at a full council meeting yesterday (7 October).

Read Leisure Opportunities online: Ricoh Arena is one of Europe’s largest multi-use venues Leader of CCC, Ann Lucas, said the deal

ensures the council will make a return on its original investment of £13.7m in the Arena development – alongside significant invest- ment into grassroots and community rugby development across the city. “Te decision over the Ricoh Arena’s future

has been made with the interest of Coventry tax- payers and communities at its heart,” she said. Details:

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