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Volume 10 No. 24

Facilities

Leeds City Council will discuss the possible construction of a new city-center training ground for League Championship side Leeds United "in a move which signals the club’s intention to move away" from its Thorp Arch base, according to Phil Hay of the YORKSHIRE EVENING POST. The council’s board will meet on Oct. 18 to review a recommendation that it "opens talks with United about building a training complex and community sports village on two sites close to Elland Road." An exec report submitted to the board "urged the council to engage United" and club Chair Andrea Radrizzani over relocating players and coaching staff from their current home near Wetherby. Radrizzani, who took full control of the club in May, previously spoke about moving United’s training ground back into the center of the city "as part of wider plans to develop the land around Elland Road." Council officials identified the former site of Matthew Murray High School as "a potential hub" for the club's first team and academy players. The council said that the project would "aim to provide Leeds' academy with category 1 status" under the Premier League's Elite Player Performance Plan, the highest grade attainable. United's academy currently holds category two status (YORKSHIRE EVENING POST, 10/10).

Hong Kong's track and field community on Wednesday "welcomed the government's decision to put the Wan Chai Sports Ground redevelopment plan on hold, although the future of the city facility remains unclear," according to Chan Kin-wa of the SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST. In her first policy address, Hong Kong CEO Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor said that the government decided "for the time being, it would not touch the Wan Chai Sports Ground as intended under the Leung Chun-ying administration." Instead, it would "demolish and redevelop the three government buildings next to the Convention and Exhibition Centre in Wan Chai North into a new wing that can be connected to and integrated with" the existing center. Hong Kong Amateur Athletic Association Senior Vice-Chair Simon Yeung Sai-mo said that the new development "was positive." He said, "There has been a lack of track and field training facilities for many years and we were surprised when the previous government made such a decision by closing the venue for commercial use." Yeung added that the Wan Chai facility was "one of only three designated training grounds for the sport" (SCMP, 10/11).