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Award nomination for '53 marathons in 53 days' runner

Congratulations to Amy Hughes for her nomination for a running award after running 53 Marathons in 53 Days.

Midland's first indoor velodrome opens next month

Derby City Council have announced the Derby Arena will open on 20th March. It will be followed by 30 days of events to 'unwrap' the Arena to the public. There will be sporting awards, tours, track cycling and badminton sessions and “have a go” sessions.

Inside the velodrome Credit: ITV News Central

Facilities on offer at the Arena include:

  • 250m indoor cycle track suitable for individual, club, school, group and business track sessions, track leagues, and local, regional, national and international track events. The cycle track itself is made out of Siberian Spruce and designed by Velotrack.
  • An indoor sports-hall the size of 13 badminton courts, suitable for activities such as badminton, netball, futsall and volleyball.
  • A cyclist’s 'D' area in the infield, track bike storage, track bike hire and a bike workshop.
  • A state of art 140-station gym, two exercise studios and indoor cycling studio offering a weekly programme of classes.
  • Meeting and hospitality rooms available for hire.
  • A café and a bar.
  • Fixed seating for 1500 people.
  • Fully accessible changing rooms.

Tigers launch foundation to get more involved in rugby

Leicester Tigers want to get more involved in rugby Credit: ITV News

Leicester Tigers has launched its own foundation to use rugby to get more people involved with the sport.

It is particularly aimed at getting women, ethnic minorities and people with disabilities to take part, as well as encouraging and inspiring young people to learn new skills outside of the classroom.

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Lee faces perjury charges over McCann transfer

Sammy Lee and other senior football figures have appeared in court to face perjury charges relating to a legal battle over a £1 million transfer deal.

Southampton coach Lee appeared in court today. Credit: PA

Sammy Lee and other senior football figures have appeared in court to face perjury charges relating to a legal battle over a £1 million transfer deal.

Agent Tony McGill, 56, is bringing a private prosecution against Bolton Wanderers chairman Phil Gartside and others from the club, as well as top agent Jerome Anderson and others from his SEM firm, and the ex-midfielder Gavin McCann.

The case surrounds a protracted legal battle over McCann's transfer from Aston Villa to Bolton Wanderers in 2007, with McGill claiming he was cut out of the deal.

Lee, 55, from Liverpool, and now a coach at high-flying Southampton, was manager of Bolton Wanderers at the time following a spell as part of Sven-Goran Eriksson's England coaching team.

No pleas were entered and the case was sent to Newcastle Crown Court where it will be heard again in a fortnight.

Hereford FC given 5-year lease of Edgar Street

Hereford FC have successfully negotiated a five-year lease with Herefordshire Council to ensure they can play football at Edgar Street.

Edgar Street while it was being used by Hereford United Credit: PA

The agreement and lease is due to run from March 2015 but is subject to contract and solicitor's final comment.

This means that the club can be registered with the Football Association in time to ensure that Edgar Street sees football back at the ground in time for the 2015/16 season.

We are delighted to announce Hereford Football Club as the new tenants for the ground. The last few months have been fraught; there has been great uncertainty over the future of the ground and I am personally extremely pleased that we have been able to put an end to that uncertainty after a difficult few months. We hope that the historic supporters of the club will welcome the news and support Hereford Football Club with the same passion and fervour as Hereford United.”

– Cllr Tony Johnson, leader of Herefordshire Council

Assault charge against Nottingham Forest player dropped

Prosecutors have dropped an assault charge brought against a Nottingham Forest footballer.

Jamaal Lascelles Credit: Jon Buckle/PA Wire/Press Association Images

The Crown Prosecution Service said it had decided to discontinue proceedings against defender Jamaal Lascelles after in-depth analysis of CCTV evidence showed he was not responsible for the injuries to the victim.

The England under-21 player, who lives in Derby, had been charged with causing actual bodily harm at a bar in the city.

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