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Jobs boost for Portsmouth thanks to Sir Ben Ainslie's America's Cup sailing centre

A spokesman for Ben** **Ainslie Racing said the headquarters would initially employ 90 people with more potential jobs in the supply chain.

He said: "It will become the focal point for the design, construction & development of the team's boats & will also provide sports science & fitness facilities.

Construction work will start immediately and should be completed by May 2015.

An apprenticeship and training scheme will ensure the site is sustainable and there will be a drive to ensure the project acts as a catalyst to encourage participation in the sport of sailing, all areas of the marine industry and develop the talent of the future.

The project has the potential to bring significant economic and sporting benefits to the UK, particularly for Portsmouth and the wider Solent area.

A recent report on Team New Zealand suggested that its base in Auckland created 1,000 jobs and brought an 88 million NZ dollar (£45 million) boost to the local economy.

– Spokesperson for Sir Ben Ainslie


Sir Ben Ainslie gets backing for his Portsmouth centre for sailing excellence

The proposed Ben Ainslie Racing team base planned for Portsmouth Credit: Sir Ben Ainslie/PA

Four-time Olympic gold medallist Sir Ben** **Ainslie has been granted £7.5 million by the Government to build a base for his America's Cup team.

The centre to be built in Portsmouth is expected to create 90 jobs and act as an economic boost to the Hampshire city.

Prime Minister David Cameron with Sir Ben Ainslie at Downing St Credit: PA

Announcing the funding at Downing Street, the prime minister David Cameron said: "Sir Ben** **Ainslie's project is truly fantastic news for Portsmouth and the Solent.

"It will not only build on Portsmouth's global reputation as a centre of marine and maritime excellence but will also deliver a real sporting and economic boost to the UK.

Sir Ben said: "Portsmouth has a great maritime heritage and we felt it was a natural home for the team's permanent base in the UK.

"There is excellent access to the water for the team's training and to host future America's Cup events, with fantastic spectator viewpoints.


Southampton FC's Lallana completes signing for Liverpool


We can confirm that Adam Lallana has now completed his move to @lfc. #saintsfc


The fee received for Adam Lallana will allow the club to further develop the first-team squad for the 2014/2015 season. #saintsfc

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