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Edition No. 175

Date:- 13 November 2004

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Cross-party Parliamentary Gypsy report

NOVAS Group who are a national voluntary organisation who work with the Gypsy community has welcomed the release of Monday's (8 November) cross-party Parliamentary report calling on local authorities to provide and identify sites for Gypsies. The report from the All Party Parliamentary Group on Traveller Law Reform also calls for the creation of a national taskforce to examine all Gypsy and Traveller issues.

Novas Assistant Director for Gypsy and Traveller Services John Wilson said:- "The comments made by the committee are extremely welcome. We have long called for the reintroduction of a statutory duty for local authorities to identify and provide sites to Gypsies and Travellers. As the only

Registered Social Landlord currently working with and providing support to Gypsy sites we have recognised that the accommodation needs of Gypsies and Travellers are extremely important in combating the high levels of conflict and discrimination communities face on a day-to-day basis.

However if the duty is to have any teeth Local Authorities will have to identify land that is suitable to Gypsy and Traveller's needs. It is abundantly clear from our work that Gypsy communities can only achieve their best potential if they have quality and appropriate accommodation with appropriate health, education and employment resources alongside. It is not untypical of the norm to find sites in remote locations such as next to a waste sewerage plant or by the side of a busy carriageway. It is a situation, which is at odds with 21st Century expectations or standards of living."


TOXTETH is not the first place you think of as having award winning architecture, but the Brick Development Association (BDA) is pleased to announce that the Toxteth TV building in Liverpool has won Building of the Year and Best Public Building categories in the 2004 BDA Brick Awards. A gala presentation ceremony on the 3 November at London’s prestigious Grosvenor House Hotel saw the architects and contractors receive top honours for their creative use of brick.

The Brick Awards is an annual event organised by The Brick Development Association to showcase some of the exemplary work that has featured clay brick. Comprising 14 categories that include sustainability, landscape, prefabrication, refurbishment and housing, the awards have become one of the construction industry’s premier events.

Toxteth TV was awarded the award bue to its striking building that combines a fully equipped TV studio and ancillary accommodation and an alternative ‘campus’ that is home to creative and community businesses. The judges were impressed by the use of raw, low cost and reclaimed materials that produced a dynamic exterior of the building designed by architects Union North with brickwork by Nobles Construction. 

Made from brick block and timber it was multi-coloured striped effect of the brickwork has been used with imagination and flair, producing a truly outstanding building
BDA Director .

.....continued.....     Michael Driver stated:- “Brick has helped form the fabric of our society for centuries and is still creating marvellous buildings that have warmth and appeal. The Brick Awards are a great way for the BDA to showcase the outstanding achievements that have been accomplished using clay bricks and to give recognition to design excellence, fine craftsmanship and sound technical practice.”


THE winners of the Sport England Coach of the Year Awards were announced this week with Mike Jelly, coach to the lightweight boxing Olympic silver medallist Amir Khan, coming out top in the Performance category.

The Sport England Coach of the Year Awards take place annually in order to reward and recognise the country's most dedicated coaches from grass roots to elite levels. 

Minister for Sport, Richard Caborn said:- "A big congratulations to Mike Jelly and the other award winners on their fantastic achievement. Coaches are the backbone of our sporting nation. They are not only vital to motivating and inspiring our youth, but also helping drive our elite athletes to Olympic success."

Chief Executive of Sport England, Roger Draper, commended all the winners for their important work. He said:- "Coaches have a crucial role to play in sport. It is their dedication and inspiration that will help us to make England a more active and successfulsporting nation. It is for this reason that we run the Sport England Coach of the Year Awards, recognising their achievements as they strive to motivate and support people in their local communities.

Mike Jelly has helped 17 year old Amir Khan, through an outstanding year. It is his skills as a coach and mentor, that have lead Amir to winning a silver medal at this year's Olympic Games. We look forward to seeing yet more success as Mike and Amir continue their work towards the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne."

Mike Jelly has been coaching boxing for an amazing 40 years. His experience has allowed him to develop coaching techniques that have brought him incredible success with Amir Khan. 

Mike Jelly said:- "I am very honoured to receive this award. I took over the Bury Amateur Boxing Club from my father 40 years ago and have been coaching there ever since. In the time that I have been at the club I have seen thousands of young people pass through the doors. We have kids with a great deal of potential at the club. 

My whole life is run around Bury Amateur Boxing Club, I cannot remember ever missing a session. Despite being hard work at times, I thoroughly enjoy coaching the boys. I wouldn't know what to do without the club. It's hard to give up."

Mike joins three other Sport England Coach of the Year 2004 winners; Debra Hampton from Hampshire, and Bob Bellew from Tower Hamlets, won Female and Male Community Coach for their work in gymnastics and Tim Janvier won Coach of Disabled Performers for his work in basketball. 

This year, the Sport England Coach of the Year Awards received record numbers of entries in all four categories, reflecting the outstanding levels of effort and commitment coaches produce across the country.

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