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SPORT Snowsport event for Olympic Park

London’s Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park will host the UK’s largest-ever snows- port and music festival in November of this year. Freeze Big Air will see

more than 60 of the world’s best snowboarders and skiers compete in a number of disci- plines – including taking on a huge real snow jump created out of 360 tonnes of snow. Olympic bronze medal-

list Jenny Jones has been confi rmed as an ambassador for the festival, which takes place on 14 November and is part of UK Sport’s National Lottery-funded major events programme. As snowboard big air is likely to become

Olympic medallist Jenny Jones will compete at the event and promote it

an official Olympic event at the 2018 Winter Olympics, the London Freeze Big Air will be seen as one of the most impor- tant qualifi ers on the calendar in the lead up to the 2018 Games held in South Korea. T is means that the event in London is likely to attract the best riders in the world to battle

for crucial qualifi cation points. Freeze Big Air is being organised by event fi rm Vision Nine, in partnership with the Mayor of London, UK Sport and British Ski & Snowboard. Simon Morton, director of major events at

UK Sport, said the show is a “massive boost for winter sport in Great Britain; showcasing some of the world’s most exciting winter sport athletes.” Details:

Bath Rugby stadium plans receive boost

Plans to build a new rugby stadium on the historic Recreation Ground site in Bath, Somerset, are back on track following the over- turning of a court order which would have limited the size of the development. The Recreation Ground

Trust (RGT) – which owns the land – was suc- cessful in its appeal to the Upper Tribunal against a previous decision which prevented it from being able to lease a larger footprint of “the Rec” to Bath Rugby. In a statement, RGT said that the decision

will mean that the stadium plans can now progress forward towards the next step. “The trustees would like to thank the

tribunal for the clarity of their judgement on this complex issue and for the guidance offered on the next steps required,” the statement said. “The appeal addressed a specifi c point of law around the status of the Recreation Ground and the judgement has clarifi ed that in essence the land is to be used as a recreation ground for the public and can


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T e Recreation Ground stadium has a maximum capacity of 14,000

be managed by the trustees in a manner that will further this charitable objective.” RGT is looking to lease more land to Bath

Rugby than it currently occupies, paving the way for a larger 16,500 capacity stadium. The Recreation Ground stadium cur-

rently has a maximum capacity of 14,000. Bath Rugby’s average home attendance was 13,171 in 2014-15. A spokesperson for Bath Rugby said that the stadium project remains at the heart of the club’s future plans. Details:

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