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Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Chicago Blackhawks Chairman Rocky Wirtz broke ground on the organisation’s new 125,000sqft Community Training Center on the Near West Side last month. The state-of-the-art facility will house year-round youth hockey development programs, recreational leagues and events, and serve as the practice facility for the Team and visiting National Hockey League (NHL) teams.

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Bicester’s Sports Village remains on track

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Bicester’s multi-million pound sports pavilion is on track to be completed in time for the start of the 2016/17 season, with a planning application expected later this year.

At a meeting of Cherwell District Council’s executive committee on July 6, members received an update on the GBP£3.3m second phase of development at the new Bicester Sports Village.

Councillors heard despite some delays resulting from tight budget constraints, the new pavilion, sports pitches and car park were still on course to be ready for the start of the 2016/17 season.

Cllr George Reynolds, deputy leader for Cherwell, said:

The new sports village is designed to meet the needs of residents in Bicester, so we are working hard to ensure that what is provided will be suitable [in the] long-term, as well as long lasting. We have faced some challenges in making the design and budget marry up, but this has now been achieved and the application is ready for consideration this autumn [fall].

Subject to receiving planning consent, it is estimated that the on-site practical work will be completed in June 2016, which will fit perfectly with the start of the new football and rugby seasons that will begin from August. We look forward to 12 months from now, as we prepare to welcome the first fixtures to the fantastic new pavilion and second phase of this extensive project.

In March this year, sports clubs and members of the public were invited to view the proposed design for the new pavilion and associated works.

Having already completed the initial phase to construct grass pitches and a cycling/jogging track, it is proposed the two storey pavilion will house sports club facilities on the ground floor, including changing rooms, lockers, a treatment room and showers. There will also be a built-in kiosk area fronting onto the pitches for spectators to purchase refreshments. Upstairs there will be a function room with a kitchen and bar, and space to accommodate up to 150 seated guests.

With the planning proposals now falling within budget, tender documentation will be drawn up ahead of the application appearing before the council’s planning committee in October.

Cardiff community facility funded by PLCFF

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Cardiff City has opened the House of Sport II, a new home for community sport, Cardiff City FC Community & Education Foundation and its programmes. The £2m training centre, part of an overall £4m project, was supported with a £350,000 capital grant from the Premier League Community Facility Fund (PLCFF).

The facility is a second stage development for Cardiff City who opened the House of Sport in 2010, an indoor 3G training facility behind the Cardiff City Stadium. The House of Sport II is a new 63m x 42m arena that will be home to a range of sporting activities. It is anticipated that over the next five years over 600,000 individuals will use House of Sport II.

Three sports will have majority use of the venue: the Cardiff City Futsal Scholarship, the Welsh Football Trust Futsal coaching and the Cardiff Junior Futsal League will use the facility nearly half the time (46%), Welsh Basketball will run coaching and leagues (38%) and Welsh Netball (16%). House of Sport II will also be used by local schools, twilight football clubs and disability football.

Cardiff City Football Club manager Malky Mackay said:

The launch of House of Sport II here in Cardiff is fantastic news for the local community. The House of Sport has proven an exceptional and invaluable facility to my staff and players over the past eighteen months and we’ve seen first-hand why local groups, sports clubs and colleges – including our friends and colleagues at Cardiff and Vale – have taken to playing and working there.

I’ve no doubt that House of Sport II will prove equally attractive to Cardiff’s sporting community, especially in its catering for Futsal which has an incredible effect on young players honing their touch and skills. We’re very lucky to have the House of Sport on our doorsteps.

PLCFF is funded by the Premier League and delivered by the Football Foundation. £18m is being invested over the next three years to develop new or refurbished sports facilities for local people across the country. The Fund is open to all football club community-led organisations from the Premier League, Football League, and Football Conference, including the Conference North and South Divisions. The new PLCFF-enhanced sites also help to strengthen links between professional football clubs and their communities, becoming venues for the clubs’ outreach work.

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House of Sport II opening.