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Building For The Future - SkillsActive Skills Fund Launch

14 October 2003

The new Sector Skills Council for the active leisure and learning sector, SkillsActive, has today received its full licence from Secretary of State for Education, Charles Clarke.

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Liverpool FC Submits Plans for New Stadium

13 October 2003

Liverpool Football Club has submitted a planning application to the City Council for its proposed new 60,000-seat stadium in Stanley Park.

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Anne Ellis MBE Appointed Acting Chair of the Sports Council for Wales

10 October 2003

Minister for Culture, Welsh Language and Sport, Alun Pugh, has announced that Anne Ellis MBE has been appointed as acting Chair of the Sports Council for Wales.

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Maintenance Seminar a Sell Out

08 October 2003

Last week's SAPCA/IOG seminar in Bristol on the "Maintenance of Synthetic Sports Surfaces" attracted a full audience.

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Replay Kicks off with Powerleague

07 October 2003

Replay, the specialist maintenance company launched by The Charles Lawrence Group, has added Powerleague to its growing customer base.

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History in the Making - The Exciting Progress of the New Wembley Stadium Revealed

04 October 2003

30 September 2003 marked the first anniversary of construction on the new Wembley Stadium. Work is currently ahead of schedule and on budget.

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Versatile Brushing "at the Flick of a Switch"

03 October 2003

Steve Welch, Groundsman of the Year 2002, chooses the SISIS OSCA oscillating brush to maintain the synthetic pitches at Nottingham Forrest FC.

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London 2012 Becomes Bookmaker's Favourite

03 October 2003

London has jumped ahead of early leader Paris in the 2012 Olympic bid race, according to Australian bookmaker Centrebet.

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Sports Labs Take Delivery of Football Pace Cannon

02 October 2003

Sports Labs are now ready to complete their application to become an approved FIFA and UEFA field testing laboratory.

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Unsung Heroes are Pitch Perfect

01 October 2003

Top groundsmen have been rewarded by the FA for their hard work on the pitch.

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Blakedown on Track at Brunel University

29 September 2003

Blakedown Sport and Play are more than half way through the construction of a £2.2 million contract for Brunel University.

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London 2012 Appoints CEO

26 September 2003

London 2012 has appointed Keith Mills as Chief Executive.

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sportscotland Launch New Sports Facilities Strategy

24 September 2003

sportscotland releases briefing pack for the new National & Regional Sports Facilities Strategy.

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Lotto Sports Facilities for Carmarthen

23 September 2003

The Sports Council for Wales is releasing £428,467 from its lottery budget to invest into sports facilities in Carmarthenshire.

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Lords Votes in Favour of Irrigation

20 September 2003

Lords' head groundsman, Michael Hunt, couldn’t have picked a better time than this year’s recent hot summer to install the home of cricket’s first automatic irrigation system.

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London 2012 Bid Gathers Momentum

17 September 2003

Britain’s bid to stage the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games in London gathered pace this week with the announcement of further key appointments to the bid team and the unveiling of the official website.

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FIFA Final Tournament on Artificial Turf Wins Acclaim

16 September 2003

Finnair Stadium, Finland’s national football stadium, has made history after becoming the first venue with an artificial pitch to host a FIFA final tournament.

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London 2012 Bid Boosted by Board

16 September 2003

Barbara Cassani, Chairman of London 2012, is delighted to announce the Board of the company bidding to bring the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games to London.

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Sky-blue John is Spot on With a Modern Apprenticeship

15 September 2003

17 year old Sky-blues apprentice groundskeeper John Ledgwidge is named as the 2003 Warwickshire College Modern Apprentice 'Greenkeeper of the year'

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Knowles Supports Wembley Redevelopment

13 September 2003

Knowles Capital Projects has been appointed to monitor development of the new GBP750m Wembley stadium

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