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SPORT Chelsea eyes Twickenham move

Chelsea Football Club is reportedly looking into the possibility of temporar- ily moving to Twickenham rugby stadium while the club’s home of Stamford Bridge is redeveloped. The Rugby Football

Union has confirmed it has been in contact for the Premier League club to move to the home of the England national rugby union side, though the 82,000-capacity sta- dium – known as the home of rugby – has never previously hosted a football match in its history. “We have had an enquiry from Chelsea

Caird Park site chosen for Dundee regional sports hub

Dundee’s Caird Park has been chosen as the location for a proposed multi-million pound Regional Performance Centre for Sport. Te decision means plans will now move

forward through a working group led by the area’s local authority, with the £10m project being financially backed by Dundee City Council and Sport Scotland, which will each contribute £5m towards the scheme. Te scheme is one of a number of proj-

ects being launched to support Scotland’s National Performance Centre, which is currently being constructed at Heriot- Watt University’s campus in Edinburgh, with a completion date slated for 2016. Details:

Twickenham has never previously hosted a game of football

but have not had any discussions of any sub- stance,” said a statement from the RFU. Chelsea revealed in June that it had

appointed Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands (LDS) as lead architects to explore how the club can increase stadium capacity at Stamford Bridge aſter failing to find a new home in

London – including a bid to move into Battersea Power Station, which was rejected in favour of a housing and leisure development. Any possible move could not take place

before the 2016-17 season as Twickenham is scheduled to be the main host venue for the forthcoming Rugby World Cup in 2015. Details:

Partnership to spotlight female role models

A new collaboration the Women’s Sport Trust char- ity and international exercise equipment manufacturer Matrix Fitness is bidding to raise the profile of role models in women’s sport in the UK. The partnership will see

both organisations working to maximise opportunities to spotlight leading female sports stars – with a primary goal of getting more women and girls taking part in sport. The renewed pledge to

Onside Youth Zone can now build a sixth centre

Sport England announces latest round of funding

Boxing and skiing are among sports to ben- efit from the third round of Sport England’s Improvement Fund, which focuses on offering young people better facilities. In total, 36 projects will share £12.5m

Olympic gold medallist Dani King will feature as a sporting role model

strive for sporting equality for both sexes comes after a recent international report warned that women are in danger of becoming “second class citizens,” if more is not done to bridge the gap. Meanwhile, the commitment to increased participation follows findings from a cross-party report that girls are being put off sport through conventional PE lessons and must be engaged through “more imaginative” activities, such as dance and cycling. Matrix has long been a supporter of women’s

sport in the UK, sponsoring high profile sport- ing role models such as Sally Gunnell, Nicole Cooke and Dani King, and investing in female


road cycling events and a professional female cycling team for a number of years. Aſter a successful campaign in last year’s

Women’s Tour of Britain, Te Matrix-Vulpine Cycling team, which hopes to gain UCI status in the coming months, has announced high profile signings for the 2015 season including double Olympic champion Laura Trott. “We have long been passionate advo-

cates for changing the landscape in sport in order bring equality for women in terms of media exposure, funding and opportunities to compete,” said Matrix MD Jon Johnston. Details:

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worth of grants. Beneficiaries include the OnSide Youth Zones, which has been awarded the maximum amount of £500,000 to build the Wolverhampton Youth Zone, a large multi-sport facility. Te Wolverhampton site will include

a 3G outdoor pitch, four-court indoor sports hall, climbing wall, dance stu- dio, martial arts/boxing room and a fully equipped gym. Funding has also been ear- marked for the Empire Amateur Boxing Club (£360,000) and Ski Rosendale Social Enterprise in Lancashire (£375,000). Sport England property director, Charles

Johnston, said: “We know people have a better experience of sport when they have good facilities in which to play. Tis is why we’re investing in these 36 projects so they are more appealing young people, and help us to get them developing a lifelong sport- ing habit.” Details:

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