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SPORT Wimbledon to return to Plough Lane

AFC Wimbledon has submi t ted a planning application to Merton Council for a new stadium at Plough Lane in South London. The League Two football club is planning to build a 11,000-capacity stadium on the site of Wimbledon Greyhound Stadium – a location the club calls its “spiritual home”. Te application has been

submitted in partnership with residential builder Galliard Homes and seeks permission to build 600 residential units along with retail and commercial space plus a leisure club. Detailed plans will not be available until

An artist’s impression of the planned stadium at the Greyhound site Samuelson said: “Tis is the culmination

Merton Council has completed its verification process, which is expected to take until the end of the year (2014). Te plans will then be made available for public scrutiny. According to AFC Wimbledon CEO Erik

Samuelson, the master plan seeks to revitalise the Greyhound Stadium area of Merton and bring economic benefits to the area – as well as community facilities for local residents.

of 18 months of intensive work for the club, Galliard Homes and our team of advisers. It’s a comprehensive proposal covering every aspect of the development and associated issues.” Te club currently plays at the 4,800-capac-

ity Kingsmeadow stadium, which it shares with semi-professional club Kingstonian. AFC Wimbledon was founded by fans of Wimbledon FC (WFC) in 2002 aſter WFC moved to Milton Keynes and became MK Dons. Details:

GB Basketball secures emergency funding

GB Basketball has secured an emergency £1.18m funding package from Sport England to support the Team GB elite teams. Te funding will contribute to the travel

and coaching costs for the teams compet- ing in international competition, securing the immediate future of Britain’s elite men and women’s basketball teams. The future of the high performance

teams seemed to be under threat earlier this year aſter UK Sport, which funds elite and Olympic teams, pulled its funding of British Basketball due to the lack of success on court. It deemed the national govern- ing body “had not done enough” to prove it could medal at the 2016 or 2020 Games. While Sport England – which usu-

British Basketball has welcomed the consultation

ally funds grassroots and community sport projects – has provided the emergency fund- ing, UK Sport has agreed to provide British Basketball with additional technical advice. Tis covers talent identification, development

of coaches, and the areas of science, medicine and technology to support elite teams. Te Sport England funding will also come

with new and stronger conditions around the governance of basketball. Expert support

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from UK Sport will look to address the root causes of basketball’s underperformance against its targets in previous years. Since having its elite funding cut, the men’s

Team GB basketball team has only won one of its 11 games. During that time it suffered a disastrous qualifying campaign in its efforts to reach the Eurobasket 2015 tournament – los- ing all four of its games and finishing bottom of its group. Details:

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