Call for startups to help millions stay active

The Open Data Institute is calling for startups to join its innovation network in order to help people get physically active for its OpenActive Accelerator programme. As part of a joint startup vision between London Sport, the ODI and ukactive, the programme wants to recruit startups in order to provide training, networking opportunities and funding for their business with the ultimate goal of making people fitter and healthier. The ODI is looking for startup businesses

that desire to help improve health and fitness. The startups must have a digital application as part of their business in order to contribute. If the startups are selected, they receive office space, investment advice and mentorship from

experienced industry professionals. ODI aims to prevent apps becoming ‘siloed’

or isolated, and keeping the data about people’s fitness ‘active’. Jeni Tennison, CEO at the Open Data

Institute, says: “innovators are taking increasing advantage of data to transform every aspect of our lives, often simply by making us more aware of our options. But they need data.” By using open ‘opportunity’ data (data about

where and when physical activity opportunities happen), ODI can produce market-ready digital solutions that can help people discover activities and stay active. The programme runs from May-October 2018, with up to 10 startups being able to participate.

Public consultation on Leicester City’s new training facility takes place in spring

Leicester City Football Club has announced plans for a new training facility with a public consultation set to take place this spring. The club plans to develop a new facility that

will house all LCFC teams, including the academy and development squads, and also support their community objectives to


promote inclusion and sports participation throughout the region. The consultation will give local residents,

businesses, communities and LCFC fans the opportunity to discuss the proposals for the new site, which is to be located on what was previously the Park Hill Golf Club.

Vice chairman Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha

hails the project as a “once-in-a-generation opportunity” to enhance Leicestershire’s sporting status, given the club’s success in recent years. Plans for the future of club’s current training facility at Belvoir Drive in Leicester are also currently under consideration.

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