Friday, 9 July 2010

5 Racketball sessions for £5

Date: Tuesday 6th July

Racketball is one of the fastest growing sports in the UK and England Squash and Racketball is hoping to introduce more people to the addictive sport with incredible cut-price coaching sessions.

They will be providing five sessions for just £5 during July at Aireborough and Garforth Leisure Centres where equipment will be provided – all that’s needed is to sign up and turn up.

Sessions start at Garforth Leisure Centre this Friday (Friday 9th July) and at Aireborough Leisure Centre on Tuesday 20th July and will run for five weeks. They are open to all ages and abilities – anyone interested can booked a places at leisure centre receptions.

Leeds City Council’s head of sport and active recreation Mark Allman said:

“This initiative is a great opportunity to attract new people to what is a fast-paced and exciting sport. It is a fantastic way to keep fit, the game can be played in a very short space of time and is easy to pick up. If we can get enough people interested we can set up a competition structure."

Those new to the sport will be given help getting to grips with the techniques that make racketball one of the best calorie burners around and yet can be squeezed into a lunch hour.

Fiona Geaves, junior high performance coach with England Squash and Racketball said:

“Racketball is an excellent sport for anyone to get involved in, it is especially good for beginners as the larger ball and racket head makes the sport easier to pick up. Getting the right coaching on any sport from the beginning can help anyone play to their best ability – whether you aspire to be an elite player or simply shape up for summer."

For further information about the five for a £5 racketball sessions Aireborough Leisure centre can be contacted on 01943 877131 and Garforth Leisure Centre on 0113 286 0225 or contact the ESR Development Coach Nick Williams 07919 283391.

Notes to Editor

Racketball Facts
 Uses up to 1000 calories/hour during a game
 Can run up to 2 miles during a game
 It develops cardiovascular and muscle endurance
England Squash & Racketball is the governing body for squash and racketball in England and is responsible for the organisation and promotion of the sports. It comprises of 38 County Associations, approximately 1,000 clubs and 50,000 individual members aged from eight to 80. Visit for more information.


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Civic reception for victorious golden gardeners

Caption: The HESCO Garden 2010 proved a major hit at Chelsea

Leeds City Council’s history-making Chelsea Flower Show team will be honoured for their achievement in winning a first-ever gold medal at this year’s event with a special civic reception next week.

The team from the council’s parks and countryside service together with representatives from sponsors HESCO Bastion Limited will join Lord Mayor of Leeds Councillor Jim McKenna for a celebration in Civic Hall at 12:30pm on Tuesday 13th July.

The event will celebrate the success of The HESCO Garden 2010, which wowed the judges and earned widespread acclaim from over 150,000 visitors to the prestigious event in London in May as well as the world’s media and people from all over the globe to win a first-ever gold medal for the team in eight attempts.

The reception will also honour Leeds florists Anastasia Flowers who won gold in the Young Florist of the Year category and the members of St George’s Crypt hostel who worked on the Eden Project’s ‘Places of Change’ garden which earned a silver medal.

Aside from being a first gold medal for the Leeds City Council team, The HESCO Garden also made history for being the first gold medal-winner by a local authority in the elite outdoor show garden category in the entire 148-year history of the event.

The garden, based on a section of the Leeds-Liverpool Canal, was the largest and most ambitious design entered by Leeds at Chelsea, complete with a canal section and two giant 12-feet lock gates as the stunning centrepiece which made further history for being the first time such a water feature had ever been seen at the show.

Lord Mayor of Leeds Councillor Jim McKenna said:

“I am delighted to have this opportunity on behalf of the city of Leeds and Yorkshire as a whole to say well done to all our fantastic Chelsea Flower Show teams.

“Everyone was absolutely thrilled when the news came through that Leeds City Council had won its first-ever gold medal and you could see the effect as everywhere you went people were talking about it. So I am very much looking forward to meeting the team as well as those from Anastasia Flowers and St George’s Crypt and congratulating them all on such great results.”

The theme of The HESCO Garden 2010 was to celebrate the green linkages which connect the city centre to the countryside in and around Leeds, as well as the importance of protecting the local environment and raising awareness of the proven health benefits green spaces provide.

The symbolic use of the canal and lock gates were a reflection of the industrial past of the city, when the Leeds-Liverpool waterway was used as a key transport route. The lock gates were also flanked by three distinct sections – woodland, wetland and a floral meadow – which can all be found in green spaces in Leeds.

The garden was created with engineering design and support from world-leading maufacturers of products used in civil engineering HESCO Bastion Limited who are based in east Leeds, while all the elements seen on the garden were produced using locally-sourced materials and homegrown plants and flowers.

Sponsors and project partners HESCO Bastion said:

“HESCO would like to congratulate the Leeds City Council team for their historic achievement with The HESCO Garden 2010. The result was well deserved for a team that were not only a great pleasure to work with, but who worked with passion and dedication to create a truly amazing show garden.

“Leeds has a long-held reputation for engineering excellence dating back to the industrial revolution; this year’s garden focused on these engineering developments of the past, and the present, all of which contribute to the vibrancy of Leeds. Well done to all those involved and well done Leeds!”

It is hoped that The HESCO Garden 2010 will be placed permanently in the ‘Gardens of the World’ section of Roundhay Park sometime next year.

To read the story of The HESCO Garden 2010 visit the website at


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Voice your views on licensing in the city

Leeds City Council is seeking the views of residents and organisations working in the Leeds area on licensing in the city.

The council has responsibility for licensing bars, pubs, clubs, nightclubs, hotels and takeaways in the city for the sale of alcohol, regulated entertainment and late night refreshment.

Under the Licensing Act 2003, each licensing authority is required to develop, consult on and publish a statement of its licensing principles, and then review that policy every three years.

The consultation process will run between 12 July and 1 October, and the revised policy document, along with a list of proposed changes, are included on the council’s website at

The council has completely reviewed its current policies for the city centre, Headingley, Hyde Park/Woodhouse, Chapel Allerton and Horsforth and is very interested to hear the views of locals and businesses in these areas.

John Mulcahy, head of licensing for Leeds City Council said:
“It is important that we review our licensing policy every three years to ensure the correct policies are in place to protect the people in our city.

“Licensing regulation not only keep businesses accountable, but help with the prevention of crime, and increasing public safety.

“We are very interested in seeking the views of residents and local businesses to ensure their thoughts are part of this process.”

People can put their thoughts on the revised documents in writing to the following address:

Entertainment Licensing
Leeds City Council
Civic Hall

Or by email to

Or by downloading the PDF form at

For media enquiries, please contact;
Cat Milburn, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 247 4450