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SPORT Chelsea FC eyes stadium project

Swiss-based architecture firm Herzog & de Meuron is reportedly working on plans to increase the capacity of Chelsea Football Club’s stadium in partnership with London practice Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands. According to the Architects’

Journal, the Swiss practice is looking at concept designs for Chelsea’s Stamford Bridge ground in west London. Currently boasting 41,837

seats, the club wants to expand to a 60,000 seat capacity, following a study undertaken in June 2014. At the time, the club said: “Te study will

At present, Stamford Bridge has a maximum capacity of 41,837 seats

assess feasibility of an expansion of the stadium within the existing historic site boundaries, potentially to enlarge its capacity, enhance its facilities and improve the movement of people and vehicles on match and non-matchdays.” Several Premier League clubs have been

looking to expand their grounds in recent months. Both Liverpool FC and Tottenham

Hotspur have plans in place for major expansions which will be taking place soon. Whether or not Chelsea is carrying out

this expansion to keep up with the com- petition remains to be seen. The club has previously assessed other, larger, sites for relo- cation, including two regeneration schemes at Battersea Power Station and Earls Court. Details:

School PE still failing to inspire, says report

Far from setting people up to be physically active for life, school PE lessons can put people off sport forever, according to research from the University of Birmingham. Of the 1,800 people

surveyed for The Big PE Conversation, half said school PE didn’t help them to become more physically active. One quarter of males and one third of females said that they never, or rarely enjoyed, PE. Te research was sparked

Adam Walker aims to boost open water swimming

Zoggs partners swimming star Adam ‘Ocean’ Walker

Swimming equipment supplier Zoggs has appointed renowned endurance athlete Adam ‘Ocean’ Walker as its open water/ triathlon swimming ambassador. Walker hit the headlines in the summer

School sport remains an unpleasant experience for many

by the current high levels of physical inac- tivity in the British population: according to ukactive, 17 per cent of premature deaths in the UK are a result of inactivity. “Given that we are not sufficiently active, we

thought it would be fascinating to ask people about their school PE experiences,” said the University of Birmingham’s Professor Kathleen Armour, who led the research project. Being sent outside in all weathers and embar-

rassment about body issues were considered off-putting issues when today’s adult popula- tion were at school, but have things improved? Schools now put the emphasis on teaching


skills rather than playing the sports and more recently there have been curriculum changes to increase the level of competition in schools. However, according to Ofsted, there are

still a number of issues surrounding primary school sport in state schools: it is not strenu- ous enough, not frequent enough and teachers don’t have sufficient knowledge to lead it. In recent years, various suggestions have

been mooted to increase engagement, includ- ing hairdryers in changing rooms for the image conscious and offering Zumba, but so far the magic formula is yet to be found. Details:

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of last year when he became the first Briton to complete the ‘Oceans7’ – known as the toughest seven ocean swims on the planet. He completed the feat on 6 August 2014 when he swam across the North Channel from Northern Ireland to the west coast of Scotland wearing full Zoggs kit in a time of 10 hours and 45 minutes. Tis was the last of his gruelling ocean

challenges, a group of seven long distance swims scattered across the world. Walker’s task saw him conquer: the Cook Strait, the Molokai Channel, the English Channel, the Catalina Channel, the Tsugaru Strait and the Strait of Gibraltar. On his new role, Walker said: “Working

with Zoggs can only help raise the profile of open water swimming and I look forward to collaborating with them at forth- coming events and product launches.” Details:

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67m tickets sold for UK sports events in 2014

Professional sports events held in the UK attracted a total of 67 million paying fans during 2014, according to analysis by Deloitte’s sports business group. Football remains the UK’s most popular

spectator sport, with 42.8m tickets sold. The 1.3m tickets sold for the 11-day

Commonwealth Games in Glasgow offered a boost to the overall figure, although this year’s total is less than the 75m tickets sold for UK sports events in 2012 - the year of the London Olympic Games. Deloitte says stripping out London 2012

and Glasgow 2014, attendances at all other sports events grew three per cent over the two years. Details:

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