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There is a buzz around British Basketball right now and one of its biggest events is returning back to Arena Birmingham for 2019.

Now the home of the British Basketball Cup Finals, the 2019 edition will see another spectacular event and fans are being urged to grab their tickets and be one of the first to guarantee they get closer to the action.

Set to take place on Sunday 27 January 2019, the exhilarating menu will offer a pair of showpiece games, with the WBBL Cup tipping of the day and the BBL Cup Final taking centre stage after the 2019 Dunk Contest.

With all the usual courtside fun and entertainment in addition to the on-court action, it will be a day you really can’t miss. Tickets are on sale from 9am 11 February 2018.

Legendary Cricketer Sh. Kapil Dev inaugurated India’s first ever Adventure Sports Expo Asia 2018 – the biggest adventure sports event in the country at the Four Points by Sheraton, New Delhi on January 27. This unique and first of its kind expo is expected to witness the participation from over 60+ brands and 15000+ visitors over the 3-day long adventure extravaganza.

The expo has received strong support by various Ministries & forums- Ministry of Tourism, Government of India, Air India – the official Airline partner, ATTA (Adventure Travel Trade Association), UIAA (International Climbing and Mountaineering Federation), OTOAI (Outbound Tour Operators Association of India), IATO (The Indian Association of Tour Operators), ATOAI (Adventure Tour Operators of India), ADTOI (Association of Domestic Tour Operators of India), ESOI (Ecotourism Society of India), WAS (World Adventure Society).

Sh. Kapil Dev at Adventure Sports Expo Asia 2018’s platform said: “I am in favor of encouraging all kinds of sports but adventure sports is particularly good because it gets you close to nature and into clean fresh places which calms the body and mind. It is heartening to see so many adventure sports enthusiasts assemble here in Delhi from all over India and the world at Adventure Sports Expo Asia and I am sure in years to come more people will discover the joys of participating in Adventure Sports. I wish the organizers and visitors all the best for the next three days.”

Various eminent dignitaries, like Mr. Suman Billa, IAS – Joint Secretary of (Tourism), Ministry of Tourism, Government of India, Mr. Tejbir Singh Anand – Vice President – Adventure Tour Operators Association of India, Mr. Ajeet Bajaj – Padma Shree Awardee & MD – Snow Leopard Adventures Pvt. Ltd and Mr. Rishi Narain – Asian Games Gold Medalist, Founder & MD, RN Sports Marketing Pvt. Ltd. Ms. Aanchal Thakur-first Indian to win a medal at an international skiing event , Ms. Malvath Poorna- Youngest Woman to climb Mount Everest and Mr. Shekhar Babu-First Indian Mountaineer to climb Mount Everest as an individual of Adventure Sports industry will be gracing the occasion.

Mr. Ajeet Bajaj, Padma Shree Awardee & MD – Snow Leopard Adventures Pvt. Ltd, said: “I am thankful to Mr. Kapil Dev for giving us his time and sharing his views on Adventure Sports industry. We are elated to see such amazing beginning of the first edition of ASEA 2018 and we already planning for a bigger ASEA 2019 as well.”

He further added: “India already has huge potential as an Adventure Sports destination with so much diversity from mountains to rivers and desserts. ASEA 2018 will be marketing India as an iconic destination for Adventure Sports to the world with the support of ATOAI. Adventure Sports Expo Asia 2018 would also be recognizing individual/groups and companies in the field of adventure on the opening night of the show.”

Mr. Shannon Stowell, CEO-Adventure Travel Trade Association, said: “ India has so much to offer the world when it comes to Adventure Sports and Adventure Tourism. This is my first trip to India which has been planned for past 14 years and I thank the Adventure Sports Expo Asia for making the visit happen. I certainly look forward to taking the message of what India has to offer back to America and my network of Tour Companies and we look forward to working with the Adventure community that has gathered here for this show and putting India on the world map of Adventure Tourism.”

The three-day expo will be presenting exhibition, speaker sessions, adventure activities, workshops and award night that will act as a one-stop destination for adventure sports fraternity. Adventure Sports Expo Asia is aimed to catalyze the growth of adventure sports & responsible tourism by bringing in world-class gear equipment makers, expert trainers, best practices, and technology advancement.

Capt Swadesh Kumar, President- Adventure Tour Operators Association of India, said: “ I have been working in Adventure Travel for over 20 years and this is the first time such a gathering is happening among all stakeholders in Adventure Sports. I encourage everyone to visit the show in the next three days whether you are connected to or aspiring to participate in Adventure Sports. I am sure the success of this show will create many opportunities for growth in this industry and I hope the show grows from strength to strength. We at ATOAI will continue to support such efforts.”

ASEA 2018 has also exhibited a vivid collage of Exhibitors and Buyers. While the Exhibitor profiles will deal with all adventure gear manufacturers, wholesalers and retailers along with adventure and eco-tourism tour operators all over Asia; the Buyer profiles will consist of government bodies such as Army, Navy Force, Para-Military Organizations, Travel enthusiast, potential investors from hospitality and also countries like US, UK, Australia, South America, Asia and Europe. The expo has exhibited the norms of what new trends are running the adventure sports and tourism industry.

The main focus of Adventure Sports Expo Asia 2018 is to provide a unified global networking platform to facilitate the growth of adventure sports & responsible tourism vis-à-vis products and services. This will not only help them in exploring new business opportunities but also will act as a body where they can voice their opinions and grievances and find a solution through dialogue with the exhibitors.

The fifth installment of Thailand’s biggest and most enjoyed tournament for club golfers, the Centara World Masters Golf Championship, returns to the popular beach-side resort town on Hua Hin in Thailand from 10 to 16 June 2018.

Such is the event’s popularity, more than 300 golfers have signed up for the tournament since registrations opened 3 months ago. Testimony to the events worldwide appeal, golfers from Australia, New Zealand, Dubai, USA, Canada, Great Britain, South Africa, India, Pakistan, France, Switzerland, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Vietnam, Taiwan, Papua New Guinea and host country Thailand have already confirmed their participation.

Centara Grand Hua Hin Beach Resort & Villas hosts spectacular welcome and presentation dinners as well Asia’s biggest 19th hole with entertainment events every night of the week-long tournament. Centara Hua Hin’s old world charm, beachfront location, modern facilities and Thai hospitality makes it a popular place to stay. The hotel is 90% sold-out, with a number of room types already on waitlist.

Open to golfers aged 35 and over, the Centara World Masters is played in age and handicap divisions for both men and women. Playing and competing with golfers of a similar age and standard is part of the tournaments winning formula.

Golfers will play Hua Hin’s four premier golfing resorts for this year’s 72 hole championship. Asia’s number one ranked course, Black Mountain will headline the tournament along with perennial favorite Banyan will headline the course rotation. With a major new pipeline now delivering unlimited water to neighboring Springfield Country Club and Lake View golf courses, these impressive layouts now boast lush, emerald-green fairways where you never get a bad lie.

“Severe drought over the past couple of years had really impacted these two courses that were dependent on mother nature for watering. It’s amazing how lush both the courses are now that they have regular water supply. Last time I inspected Lake View the fairways had major cracks down the middle of them and we had to play ‘tee-up’ at Springfield. Now these courses have the lushest fairways and your ball sits up perfect. The transformation in course conditioning is amazing and I just know golfers will really enjoy playing these courses.” Mark Siegel, Managing Director, Golfasian.

Tournament veteran Daryn Kitchener from Brisbane Australia is among the first to register every year. “I travel to a lot of tournaments around the world and it just doesn’t get any better than the Centara World Masters. Organizers look after absolutely everything for you. Buses take you to and from the courses, you finish your round and leave your clubs on your cart and they just appear on your cart at the next course – cleaned!

The courses are much better than Australia’s golf resorts and I’ve never been so spoiled on a golf course like I am at the Centara Masters. There’s cold towels, unlimited water and sports drinks and even a free beer when you finish. The caddies are well-trained, join in the fun and banter and playing 4 rounds without filling a divot, repairing a pitch mark or raking a bunker is just bliss. Just like the PGA Tour, caddies wear a bib with your name and country flag on it. The caddies are awesome and found my ball no matter how wayward my shots and having my putts lined up for me, it’s a real advantage on courses I’ve never played before. I went on my own the first year and you just meet all these wonderful people from all over. It’s great catching up each year and making more friends. To say I’m excited is an understatement. The screensaver on my phone has a countdown to the start of the tournament.”

According to Go Golfing founder Peter McCarthy, we love spoiling golfers at the Centara World Masters. “I don’t know any other tournament where you get a one-hour massage on arrival. We have 30 hospitality staff who look after everything for the golfers and the non-playing partners. You don’t carry a bag or line up for a drink all week. Our sponsors love the event so much they are coming up with more and more things to make the event more amazing. The whole town of Hua Hin has signs welcoming golfers and special offers for the players. It’s humbling to have this kind of support and hospitality.”

The tournament is a collaboration between Australian based Go Golfing and Thailand based Golfasian. Go Golfing pioneered World Masters tournaments 23 years ago in Australia and now take more than 13,000 golfers each year to 24 countries for their tournaments and hosted group golf tours. Golfasian have forged an enviable reputation as the trusted company for golfers to book with when travelling to Thailand, Vietnam and other parts of Asia. Each year both companies are awarded as the best golf tour operators in the Asia Pacific region at the World Golf Awards.

With Easter fast approaching idyllic island Amilla Fushi has raised the game for family holidays in the Maldives. The laidback resort will be hosting their first ever football training camp exclusively for kids in partnership with FUTBOLTEC. The Sydney-based football program owned by Asian Champions League winner Jason Trifiro and his brother, current Sydney United 58 player Glen Trifiro, is inviting young guests to train and perfect their skills through elite coaching on the island's very own full-sized pitch.

Passionate about the increasing importance of technique and skill in Australian football, Jason and Glen established their own academy 'FUTBOLTEC'. Bringing their passion to the Maldives, the extraordinary three-day football camp focuses on teamwork tactics and individual techniques, including dribbling, footwork, passing and receiving.  At the end of the three days, players will go head to head in a fun-filled match before a crowd of their loyal fans. Each player will be fully kitted with an exclusive training shirt, shorts and socks from premium athletic clothing brand ALPHA Gear to ensure they are fully equipped – and look the part.

The three-day camp is available just for Easter from 31st March to 2nd April 2018 and invites all levels of skill from beginners to budding professionals. The Junior Camp welcomes players aged from 5-11 years, whilst the Senior Camp is open to those aged 12-16 years.

Translating to 'My Island Home', the luxury resort offers spacious accommodation in a broad range of family accommodation, all with large freshwater pools and outside areas for al fresco dining. Families can choose from four to eight bedroom houses designed to be self contained and equipped with a full kitchen for a true 'home from home' experience. Relaxed dining options allow families to indulge in diverse culinary offerings from around the world whilst the Javvu Spa offers a holistic retreat in stunning surrounds.

Birmingham rugby fans are being challenged to complete a 10-mile sponsored walk, ahead of watching the highly-anticipated England Vs Wales match next month.

‘Rugby Ramble’ – which is organised by local charity, Birmingham St Mary’s – will see participants walk a scenic route through parks and canals, before finishing at Birmingham Moseley Rugby Club where they will be able to watch the game with local players.

Taking place on Saturday 10 February, ramblers will be treated to a free pie, chips and pint, to reward them for their walking efforts and to help set them up for the excitement of the popular Six Nations match.

Starting at the Hospice in Selly Park, the walk will help raise crucial funds for the charity, which provides vital care and support to local families living with terminal illness.

Lucy Watkins, events manager at Birmingham St Mary’s, said: “The England Vs Wales game is always one of the most eagerly anticipated Six Nations matches, so what better way to enjoy the game than surrounded by local players and other fans. Rugby Ramble is a fantastic event that the whole family can enjoy and although the 10-mile walk may be challenging, it really does make watching the game and tucking into a pie and pint that little bit more rewarding.”

Every day, Birmingham St Mary’s supports 350 individuals across Birmingham and Sandwell – whether that’s at the Hospice, in people’s own homes or in the local community. It costs £8million every year to run its critical services and over half of its funding is required from voluntary income.

Lucy added: “All of our services are free of charge to individuals, family members, carers and loved ones, so events like this are crucial in helping us to keep providing our expert care to everyone who needs it, wherever and whenever they need it."

The Roller Derby World Cup is coming to British shores for the first time and a team of women representing the West Indies are looking to make their mark.

Roller derby is an extremely physical, full contact sport and from February 1st - 4th teams of women from all over the world will descend on Manchester to represent their respective nations. Team West Indies will be one of the 38 nations competing for glory on the roller derby track. The team consisting of women based in the UK and US are representing the islands of St Kitts, Guyana, Trinidad, St Vincent and Jamaica and they’re looking to bring the fiyah once again.

Birmingham athletes make up a large portion of this national team, with 5 of the skaters being members of the Birmingham Blitz Dames, the number 1 team in Birmingham. Blitz Dame and captain of the Windies Simone Radway, AKA Violet Attack, an 11 year veteran of the sport said “We’ve been training very hard over the past year and the team has gone from strength to strength. We’re stronger and more skilled than last time around and we’ll be going into this tournament ready for all the challenges it will bring.”

“We’re proud not only to be representing the West Indies and our respective islands, but also black female athletes, who are underrepresented in our sport. I can’t wait to lead this team at the World Cup and show the world what West Indian women are made of.”

Million Dollar Hole In One (MDHIO) and Tee It Up have joined forces to deliver the perfect night out for golfers – the chance to sink an ice-cold beer and tuck into a burger before walking away with a whopping $1million.

MDHIO is the hugely popular par-three hole-in-one challenge that is run throughout the year at its 40 associated courses across Europe, with competitors who bag an ace going through to a thrilling $1m shootout.

And following on from its successful partnership with American Golf in September, when more than 5,000 competitors took advantage of a similar deal to try to qualify for a separate life-changing jackpot at the world-renowned Belfry, MDHIO is set to expand its growing operation even further thanks to its tie-up with Tee It Up.

Tee It Up, based in the heart of Cardiff Bay and co-owned by founder Lee Griffin and PGA golf professional Rob Johnson, is the first dedicated indoor golf simulation centre in Wales with access to 45 world-famous courses.

So, players don't even have to worry about the temperamental Welsh weather as the state-of-the-art golf centre, which boasts three hi-tech simulators, live sport on the giant screens, fully-licensed bar serving food all day and top-of-the-range equipment, is the perfect venue to shoot for the huge jackpot.

Million Dollar Hole In One director Martin Tyrrell said: “MDHIO has been hugely popular in mainland Europe with thousands taking part since we started operations in 2000. And we saw a few months ago, through our partnership with American Golf that there is a huge appetite to play the game here in the UK.

“MDHIO and Tee It Up is the perfect partnership as we can offer golfers of all abilities an incredible experience in a great setting. The MDHIO game can be played all-year round in a relaxed and fun environment with the added bonus of being able to enjoy a drink and a burger.

“Whether you are playing with large or small groups of friends, family, or on your own, it is great entertainment. Three shots costs just £10 and anyone who lands a hole-in-one qualifies for the final later this year where they shoot for the $1m.

“We are also planning to bring in regular monthly and quarterly prizes for nearest the pin and we hope to take it to other venues around the country in the near future.”

MDHIO, which has been running since 1990 in USA and since 2000 in Europe, has steadily grown in popularity over the years and more than 50,000 people each year try their luck at the various courses across Portugal, mainland Spain, Mallorca and the UK.

The annual MDHIO final will be held alternate years in USA and other top European venues with the 2018 showdown set to be hosted in the glamorous setting of Las Vegas.

This year's final was held at the stunning mountain setting of the Golf & Spa Grand Tirolia Kitzbühel, Austria and was attended by former England and Newcastle strike ace Alan Shearer, who is an ambassador for MDHIO's sister company Million Dollar Club.

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Plans have been announced for more fun football sessions across Sandwell in 2018 to help people get more active.

This will build on the success of a fun football scheme set up last year in Friar Park, Wednesbury, which is helping local people to get fit and lose weight.

Football Association Just Play schemes will run in each of Sandwell’s six towns and will be set up by the spring.

These will include sessions for lads and dads, men who want to lose weight and women and girls aged 14-plus.

Sandwell Council and the Birmingham FA are working together to identify areas where activities are needed to boost fitness.

Sandwell Council cabinet member Councillor Paul Moore said: "This is a great opportunity for people to have fun and get active.

"I am pleased we will be setting up football sessions in each of our six towns this year.

"People may not have the time, money or interest to be part of affiliated football. With Just Play, they can have fun, improve confidence, boost their fitness and see where it takes them."

Footie for Fitness at Pulse Wednesbury in Friar Park Road started in June last year and has proved very popular with those who want lose weight and get active.

The Friar Park project is supported by community health worker Lauren Cheshire from Sandwell Consortium, weight management development officer Lewis Pountney from Sandwell’s public health team and community activity network development officer Katie Deeley. An Albion Foundation coach runs a football session and boot camp-style fitness and gives advice on weight management.

The idea of Just Play – a national initiative – is to encourage jumpers for goalposts and to play when, wherever and with various formats of the game, including walking football, five-a-side and causal kickabouts.

The Overwatch League roared to life last week at the Blizzard Arena Los Angeles, with four days of intense competition between all 12 teams of the world’s first major global city-based professional esports league.

Buoyed by a newly announced two-year deal with Twitch, the Overwatch League’s exclusive worldwide third-party digital broadcast partner, opening day drew an impressive average audience per minute of 408,000, and an average of 280,000 per minute for the week. More than 10 million viewers tuned in over the four-day period via Twitch, MLG, and Chinese streaming partners ZhanQi TV, NetEase CC, and Panda TV—not to mention the countless additional viewers at watch parties worldwide. On Twitch and MLG alone, the peak concurrent online audience of 437,000 hit during the highly anticipated day-one matchup between Dallas Fuel and Seoul Dynasty. In addition, tickets to Blizzard Arena Los Angeles were sold out for the entirety of opening week.

“We’re thrilled by the overwhelming response to the Overwatch League’s opening week of play,” said Pete Vlastelica, president and CEO of Major League Gaming (MLG). “But this is only the beginning. With more than 35 million Overwatch® players, the Overwatch League has the potential to become one of the most-watched leagues—of any kind—in the world.”

“Since we announced Overwatch League at BlizzCon 2016, we’ve been eagerly awaiting the day when the global competitive Overwatch community could come together under one banner,” said Nate Nanzer, Overwatch League commissioner. “Opening week was that coming-out party—for the fans, both in-person at Blizzard Arena Los Angeles and tuned in by the millions all over the world, and for the players, whose love for the game came through crystal clear.”

“We had high expectations for the inaugural broadcast of the Overwatch League on Twitch, given our platform’s passionate fanbase for Overwatch," said Kevin Lin, COO of Twitch. “They really put on an amazing show and fans showed up en masse to support and celebrate Overwatch. Based on the response from the community, Overwatch League is off to a great start and we look forward to watching how the season progresses. This league demonstrates the power and potential of esports, and we’re thrilled to continue expanding our partnership with Blizzard.”

Viewers can tune in to catch all the action on Twitch,, the MLG app (on iOS and Android),, and the Overwatch League app, which launched last week for iOS and Android. Blizzard gamers also can get easy access to the Overwatch League via a new Overwatch League tab in the Blizzard desktop app.

The first season of the Overwatch League runs until June, with playoffs and finals scheduled for July. For the inaugural season, all regular-season games will take place at the Blizzard Arena Los Angeles, a state-of-the-art live-event venue in Burbank, California, custom-renovated for Blizzard Entertainment esports events. Fans can purchase tickets to attend matches, which will be played each Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. A full schedule and information about ticket sales can be found at


More than 800 staff from across 10 schools, five children’s centres and one teaching school, joined British Paralympian, Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson, TV presenter Ashley John-Baptiste and educationalist Professor Mick Waters at a large-scale conference this week.

Teaching and non-teaching staff from the Arthur Terry Learning Partnership (ATLP) took part in the respected multi-academy trust’s inaugural training event at the prestigious Solihull National Conference Centre. They were also able to visit a number of exhibitors to find out more about a range of services available to them.

CEO and national leader of education, Richard Gill, introduced the high profile speakers to an audience comprising staff from primary and secondary schools in Birmingham, North Warwickshire and Staffordshire.

Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson is one of Britain’s greatest Paralympic athletes, having won 11 gold, four silver and a bronze medal during her illustrious 16-year career, before going on to sit in the House of Lords with specialist interest in disability, sport, education, health and welfare.

She gave a memorable talk about overcoming challenges and the value of education and teamwork, before signing complementary copies of her book, ‘Aim High’.

Tanni said: “Education is more important now than it ever was – it gives you choices.

Without the amazing education I had, I would not be able to achieve any of the things I did in my life.

“If you don’t push your boundaries you never know what you might achieve. Never give up, never be afraid to try and always be the very best you can be.”

Ashley John-Baptiste is an inspirational speaker and BBC broadcast journalist who overcame a troubled childhood to study at Cambridge. The 28-year-old spoke passionately about beating tremendous adversity to achieve success. The former X-Factor finalist finished his session by giving an entertaining live performance on stage.

Addressing the audience, he said: “Never ever should we diminish an aspiration of all young people. Educators have such an incredible influence over the lives of so many and we should encourage our young people, believe in them and unlock their potential. It’s the right thing to do.”

Former headteacher and new ATLP Trust Board member, Professor Mick Waters, works with  schools in the West Midlands in raising standards. He works with schools in other parts of the country on innovative approaches to learning and on several other initiatives to push the boundaries for making learning better.

He reminded the team about the importance of providing “joyous and purposeful learning” and the transformative power of education.

He said: “We are trying to make children’s lives better for having met us, making the world in which our children grow up in a better place. Raising aspiration is more than helping children to achieve higher grades; it’s the contribution you make to give them that feeling of worth and inspiration.

“We are part of a really big profession - a noble, global profession and this partnership is built on trust and integrity.”

CEO Richard Gill said: “This conference realised our vision to see all staff together under one roof – what a wonderful start to 2018. It was a real pleasure and a privilege to be part of such a rewarding and uplifting event.

“Tanni, Ashley and Mick gave such motivational talks and we were all inspired and humbled by their incredible stories, which show the possibilities available if you can reach that potential early. They demonstrated the power of teamwork, positive thinking and resilience – all values that we aspire to.

“Our staff can start a new term on such a positive note, taking that group learning back into their schools and ensuring that it improves the lives of the children who remain at the heart of everything we do.”

With 82 days to go until the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games in April, Team England has selected its weightlifters and Para-Powerlifters who will compete for ‘Team and Country’ in Australia.

The squad of 18 athletes will compete for Team England in the weightlifting (clean and jerk and snatch) and Para-Powerlifting categories in the Carrara Sports and Leisure Centre from 5 to 10 April.

Nine of the athletes on the team have experienced a Commonwealth Games previously, with five medals between them.

Zoe Smith will be appearing at her third Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast. The four-time British record holder became the first ever English woman to win a weightlifting medal at the Commonwealth Games in Delhi 2010.

Zoe followed this feat with a spectacular gold in Glasgow 2014 and set a new Games record in the process. She said:

“I am so excited to be attending my third Commonwealth Games, with a team of great people. After a tough two years missing out on the 2016 Rio Olympics through injury, I am determined to come back stronger and hopefully retain my title as Commonwealth champion.”

Glasgow 2014 bronze medallist and Team England ambassador, Ali Jawad, will be competing in the Para-Powerlifting discipline. He said:

"After a tough 2017 battling Crohn's Disease, I am delighted that I get to compete on the world stage again. I have some special memories representing Team England and I cannot wait to do it all over again."

Team England will send a team of around 600 athletes and staff in what will be England’s largest ever team to represent the nation in an overseas sporting event. The team will compete in 18 sports, including 38 para medal events.

Sarah Winckless, Chef de Mission for Commonwealth Games England, said:

“I’m really excited to welcome our weightlifting and para-powerlifting athletes to the team today. We have a good mix within the group of 18 with defending Commonwealth Games champions and first timers being selected alongside each other.

“I’m looking forward to seeing them learn and grow from each other in the Games environment on the Gold Coast next April.”

British Weightlifting Chief Executive Officer Ashley Metcalfe said:

“Our squad is a real blend of new and experienced lifters, highlighting the true breadth and depth of talent currently available in England. We are most grateful to both Team England and Sport England for their continued support in providing a great opportunity for all our squad to be well prepared and in great shape for the Games. It is hugely exciting and a great opportunity for all the squad to showcase their talents, all ahead of a home Games in 2022.”

A pioneer for Black footballers in the UK, alongside the late Laurie Cunningham and Brendon Batson, the trio was nicknamed the ‘Three Degrees’ by their then-West Bromwich Albion manager Ron Atkinson.

Cyrille Regis scored 112 goals in 297 appearances for the Baggies before joining Coventry City for £250,000 in 1984.

Appointed an MBE in 2008, the former England international, who also played for Aston Villa and Wolverhampton Wanderers, returned to West Brom as a coach before becoming a football agent.

He who won five caps, scored 62 goals in 274 appearances for Coventry and was a crucial part of their FA Cup-winning side in 1987. He retired from football in October 1996.

Former Manchester United and England defender Rio Ferdinand paid tribute to "a great man who helped to set the foundations for others. He will always be remembered."

A gentle man away from football, such was his threat on the field, particularly when subjected to heavy physical attentions from opponents, that opposing managers used to specifically instruct their players not to upset him or annoy him in any way as the results could be devastating. In full flight, Regis was a magnificent sight.

Former Albion player, Jason Roberts, who is Regis’ nephew, once described his uncle as; “twice the player I was, twice better looking, and he always looked half my age.”

I look back at my uncle and have to say that he was lost to the game in terms of coaching, management or administration.”

Laurie Cunningham died in a car crash in Spain in 1989.

Regis, Cunningham and Batson are due to be honoured with a 10ft statue, called ‘The Celebration,’ in West Bromwich. It is set to be unveiled this season, following a delay.

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The final selections for the Team England swimming squad for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games have been announced.

Amongst the line-up is double Commonwealth silver medallist Aimee Willmott, Commonwealth champion James Wilby and Paralympic, World, European and Commonwealth champion Ollie Hynd MBE.

This will be Willmott’s third outing for Team England, experiencing her first major international at Delhi 2010, and then claiming two silver medals at Glasgow 2014. The Middlesbrough-born swimmer was selected on the basis of her performance at the Swim England National Winter Championships, where she won 400m IM gold within the selection time.

Commenting on her selection, Willmott said: “My first memories of senior swimming were at the Commonwealth Games. I swam at Deli and I was one of the youngest on the team and this time round I’ll be one of the oldest on the team.

“It’s a great environment for more swimmers from England to make the team and get that experience – that’s one of the great things about the Commonwealths.”

For Wilby, this will be his second Commonwealth Games, having been part of the gold medal winning 4x100m Medley Relay team at Glasgow 2014. The York-born swimmer made two selection times at the Swim England National Winter Championships 2017, as well as securing a hat-trick of gold medals.

Wilby said: “The Commonwealth Games is always an enjoyable experience. Glasgow 2014 was the first international meet that I ever competed in, and it’s always good because it’s known as the friendly games. It’s good to get some experience and race against some great guys.”

Mansfield-born Hynd is no stranger to the senior ranks in swimming, and is one of the few athletes to hold the para-swimming grand slam. The 23-year-old also currently holds World records in the 200m and 400m Freestyle (S8) as well as the SM8 200m Individual Medley. The Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealths will be Hynd’s second outing for Team England.

Hynd said: “I am very proud to be selected for my second Commonwealth Games, it’s a great privilege to represent Team England. I can’t wait to get out to Gold Coast and experience the amazing atmosphere of the Games. In the pool I’ve been working very hard to be in the best shape possible to try and defend the title I gained four years ago in Glasgow.”

The swimmers are three of 24 athletes to be announced today, and will be joining the 15 athletes announced following the first phase of selections by Swim England on 4 October 2017.

Also announced today are three additions to the Team England coaching staff, Head Coach at Newcastle SC Ryan Livingstone, Loughborough University Performance Coach Ian Hulme and Millfield School’s Director of Swimming, Euan Dale.

Commenting on today’s announcement, Team Leader Grant Robins said: “The announcement today completes our team for the 2018 Commonwealth Games and we’ve got a blend of experienced athletes and some new younger swimmers in our team, this is what the selection policy was designed to achieve.

“We had a great National Winter Championships in Sheffield last month and it’s looking good for the Gold Coast. Hopefully by the end of the six days of competition in Australia this April we will have a few medals in the bag, personal best times achieved and lots of great experiences gained ready for the road ahead.”

The announcement comes just three months before the opening ceremony of the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games on 4 April 2018.

Team England Chef de Mission Sarah Winckless said: “I’m delighted to welcome the full swimming squad to Team England for the 2018 Commonwealth Games. 

“There are less than 90 days to go to the start of the Opening Ceremony and this announcement is a big milestone for the team. The swimming squad is a great balance of youth and experience and I am sure they will do the nation proud, competing for Team and Country in Australia this April.”

Feeling all at sea about New Year's resolutions? No fear! Just keep swimming. Just keep swimming. That's the advice of Gold Coast super fish turned health coach Karla Gilbert. Unrivalled in the surf, Australia's most decorated Ironwoman – holding two world titles, three national championships and seven series crowns, alongside four stand-up paddle (SUP) Australian titles – has always found health, fitness and happiness in her own back yard.

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British sprint star Sophie Kamlish will compete for the first time since winning world T44 100m gold when the Müller Indoor Grand Prix Glasgow heads to the Emirates Arena on Sunday 25 February 2018.

Ranked as the number one indoor athletics meeting in the world, the Müller Indoor Grand Prix returns to Scotland having been held in Glasgow for the first time in 2016 as the city alternates hosting with Birmingham up to 2020.

Coming off the best year to date following another world record break and a first global title at the World Para Athletics Championships in London, Kamlish will join a host of British stars in competing in Scotland for the very first time when she races over 60m on February 25.

Speaking on competing in Glasgow on Feb 25, Kamlish said:

“It’s hugely exciting to be a part of the Müller Indoor Grand Prix Glasgow – racing indoors brings a different dynamic with the crowd so close, and I can’t wait to get out there and compete come February 25.

On her expectation of the event and the race itself, the 21-year-old added:

“The likes of Sammi (Kinghorn) and Maria (Lyle) talk so passionately about Scotland and the athletics fans up there, so to be able to compete at the Müller Indoor Grand Prix Glasgow is a great opportunity. Hopefully I can put in a great performance for the crowd at the Emirates Arena.

“I know the field I’ll be up against will be a tough one – domestically Laura Sugar is always a threat and I’ll expect nothing less if she is there, while there are some seriously quick girls from across the world, so it’s sure to be both a fast and entertaining race.

British Athletics’ Major Event Director, Cherry Alexander said:

“To be able to showcase Para athletics stars within our events is hugely important – stretching back to 2012 we know that interest levels from the public are through the roof, and I’m sure the two Para races taking place in Glasgow will contribute to a continuous growth in interest too.

“Sophie was one of several stars on the British team at the World Para Athletics Championships in London. In London she used the home crowd to her advantage, and I imagine we may well see something special when she takes to the start line on February 25.”

The Müller Grand Prix Glasgow is the final of the prestigious IAAF World Indoor Tour, with wildcards for the IAAF World Indoor Championships available to athletes who have not already qualified to compete for their nation.

Olympic and world finalist Andrew Butchart (coach: Terrance Mahon, club: Central AC) has identified the Müller Indoor Grand Prix Glasgow as his first major outing of 2018 and is relishing the chance to compete at the Emirates Arena on Sunday 25 February.

Ranked as the number one indoor athletics meeting in the world, the Müller Indoor Grand Prix returns to Scotland having been held in Glasgow for the first time in 2016 as the city alternates hosting with Birmingham up to 2020.

Joining a stellar line-up which includes fellow Scot Eilidh Doyle and three of Britain’s 4x100m world champions, Butchart will race over 3000m at Glasgow’s indoor arena.

Stiff competition to the Olympian will be led by reigning Olympic and world steeplechase champion Conseslus Kipruto and the USA’s two-time 5000m global medallist Paul Chelimo.

Looking ahead to the Müller Indoor Grand Prix Glasgow, Andrew Butchart said:

“2018 will be yet another huge year for me, and to kick it off at the world’s biggest and best grand prix on February 25 will be incredible, especially with it being on home soil and with the crowd in my corner.”

On memories of competing in Glasgow, Butchart added:

“Having competed at the 2016 Grand Prix in Glasgow I know that the noise made by the fans inside the Arena is incredible. With the field I will be up against they play such an important role for me, and I’m determined to kick off my 2018 with a bang on home soil.”

British Athletics’ Major Event Director, Cherry Alexander said:

“Be it on the track or the mud, the way Andrew attacks races and leads from the front makes him exciting to watch. I’ve no doubts that the home support in the Emirates will galvanise him to fight right to the line in what is sure to be a great race against some of the world’s best athletes.

“There is quite rightly a lot of praise being heaped on Scotland’s emerging talents, and Andrew has been at the forefront of that charge in the past two years. Those who buy tickets to come and watch him compete in Glasgow will not be disappointed.”

The Müller Grand Prix Glasgow is the final of the prestigious IAAF World Indoor Tour, with wildcards for the IAAF World Indoor Championships available to athletes who have not already qualified to compete for their nation.