Sport

Sport England unveils £195m funding package

01/04/2020

Sport England will make £195 funding available to support sport and physical activity during the coronavirus crisis.

Air pollution stopping children reaching sporting potential, report warns

11/02/2020

More than a quarter of children’s sports grounds have dangerous levels of air pollution, a new report has found.

Councils call for £500m to upgrade outdated leisure centres

27/01/2020

A quarter of all council-run leisure centres have not been refurbished in more than 20 years, new figures have revealed.

Government announces £2.4m ‘boost’ to improve sports teaching

27/01/2020

Schools are set to receive a £1.6m funding boost that will help them provide more sports activities to pupils after school and during the holidays.

Council chiefs call for investment into leisure facilities

18/10/2019

Local authority leaders have voiced concerns over the ability of councils to continue to provide leisure centres, which contribute to public health, without more Government investment.

Khan announces £1.1m sports funding to tackle crime

01/08/2019

London mayor Sadiq Khan has announced £1.1m funding for sports groups as part of a drive to stop young people getting involved in crime and violence.

Council cancels World Cup public screenings after ‘outbreaks of disorder’

10/07/2018

Middlesbrough Council has cancelled the public screening of England’s World Cup semi-final after ‘outbreaks of disorder’ during the last match.

Cornwall to provide £3m for the construction of a new stadium

18/04/2018

Cornwall Council yesterday agreed to provide up to £3m of funding for the construction of a new sports stadium.

Getting physical

27/02/2018

Andy Howell explains how active healthier lifestyles are being driven by urban renewal in Slough.

Council chiefs urge Government to expand sports funding

31/01/2018

Local authority leaders have urged the Government to expand its sports funding in order to help tackle the child obesity problem.

Birmingham named next Commonwealth Games host city

21/12/2017

Birmingham has received an ‘early Christmas present’ by being selected as the host city of the next Commonwealth Games.

Mayor to review plans for new Bristol arena

10/11/2017

Plans for a new arena in Bristol have been put on hold while the city council carries out a review.

Leisure centres 'old and tired’ due to underfunding, council chiefs warn

30/10/2017

The Government will miss a chance to transform the nation’s health if it fails to inject new funding into leisure infrastructure, councils have warned.

‘Sugar tax’ helps double funding for sports in schools

25/10/2017

Funding to help primary schools improve the quality of their PE and sport provision has been doubled to £320m a year, the Government has announced.

Birmingham selected as UK candidate to host Commonwealth Games

08/09/2017

Birmingham has been selected as the preferred UK candidate city for a potential bid to host the 2022 Commonwealth Games, the Government has revealed.

Salford set to approve stadium loan

16/08/2017

Salford City Council is poised to approve a £630,000 loan to the home stadium of its main rugby league and union clubs.

Liverpool crowned UK’s top sporting city

08/08/2017

Liverpool has been named as Britain’s top sporting city as it bids to host the 2022 Commonwealth Games.

Children getting enough physical activity drops ‘dramatically’

18/07/2017

The number of children getting enough physical activity drops by 40%, health body warns.

School summer holidays creating 'class divide' over fitness levels

12/07/2017

The high cost of school holiday activities is opening up a ‘major class divide' in the fitness levels of children, new research has revealed.

Local tennis facilities see £250m investment

30/06/2017

Local communities are being encouraged to apply for funding from a multi-million pound pot set aside for making tennis more accessible.

Former FA boss to head up Liverpool's bid to host Commonwealth Games

12/04/2017

The former chief of the Football Association, Brian Barwick, has been appointed by Liverpool City Council to spearhead its Commonwealth Games bid.

Schools to share £415m from sugar tax

01/03/2017

Schools will be given £415m from the sugar tax to help pupils benefit from healthier lifestyles, education secretary Justine Greening has announced.

Council approves Chelsea FC’s new £500m stadium

12/01/2017

Hammersmith and Fulham Council has approved plans by Chelsea Football Club to build a new 60,000 stadium.

Newcastle bids to host European rugby finals

06/12/2016

Newcastle has launched its bid to become the host city for European club rugby union's showpiece weekend in May 2018.

Regenerate leisure centres to ‘save NHS’, charity says

07/11/2016

Whitehall should invest £1bn to transform the UK’s ‘ageing fleet’ of leisure centres into ‘wellness hubs’, charity says.

Council ‘badly let down’ by Khan’s football stadium plans decision

23/08/2016

The Mayor of London has been criticised for handing a council the power to determine the future of controversial Wimbledon football stadium plans.

Councils are locking in Olympic’s ‘sporting legacy’, survey finds

15/08/2016

Local authorities are securing the sporting legacy of the 2012 Olympics by helping to transform sport at the grassroots level, survey reveals.

Sporting stars back Liverpool’s Commonwealth Games bid

03/08/2016

Sporting stars from across the country have thrown their weight behind Liverpool’s bid to host the 2026 Commonwealth Games.

Councils 'failing' legal duty to use Welsh language in sport centres

06/06/2016

Most councils in Wales are breaking the law by failing to offer Welsh language swimming lessons at their leisure centres, according to campaigners.

Sport England unveils £250m plan to tackle inactivity

19/05/2016

Sport England has pledged to spend £250m over the next five years to help tackle inactivity.

Councils call for control over sports funding to help reduce premature deaths

24/02/2016

Council leaders are calling for more control over sports and leisure funding in a bid to reduce the ‘alarming’ levels of premature deaths.

Councils urged to find new models to deliver leisure services

03/12/2015

Councils have been urged to find new ways of providing leisure services by the Wales Audit Office, following a report showing many have been ‘too slow’ at identifying new delivery models.

Call for protection of leisure centres to tackle ‘deadly’ inactivity

05/11/2015

Leisure services should be considered as part of public health spending reviews to protect them from cuts and closure, according to the findings of a new report into Britain’s physical inactivity problem.

Nottingham named England’s ‘Home of Sport’

23/10/2015

Nottingham is England’s official ‘Home of Sport’, according to the tourism board VisitEngland.

Councils issue warning over a 'lost generation' of obese children

19/10/2015

Grassroots sports participation is plunging creating a couch-potato culture of obese children, councils are warning.

Battle lines drawn over All Weather Pitch reclamation

23/07/2015

A war of words has broken out between companies specialising in the recycling and reclamation of All Weather Pitches. Ken Oxley reports.

Council reviews ‘no ball games’ signs in childhood obesity push

01/07/2015

A London borough could scrap many of its ‘no ball games’ signs in a bid to combat childhood obesity and help youngsters play.

Council urged to stop residents playing Fifa video game

22/06/2015

A London borough has been urged to crack down on residents playing the Fifa video game following the corruption scandal at football’s governing body.

Doorstep sports saving society £69m a year

10/06/2015

A national programme to encourage disadvantaged young people to join sports clubs is generating savings of £69m a year to society.

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