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Oxfordshire sports fund set up as 'Olympic legacy'

Sports facilities in Oxfordshire are set to be improved as part of a plan to build on the success of the Olympic Games.

Cherwell District Council has allocated £900,000 as an "Olympic Legacy Fund".

Projects include completing the South West Bicester Sports Village and adding a running track at North Oxfordshire Academy.

Cllr George Reynolds said: "It became clear we needed to spend on sports facilities to bring them up to date."

He said the funding had come from existing budgets.

"We've cut our revenue costs dramatically over the last few years. We're finding it much more difficult now, but these are capital bids and an investment for the future," he added.

Michael Collins of Kidlington Running and Athletic Club welcomed the proposed £130,000 redevelopment of Stratford Brake sports ground.

"What we'd like to do is develop a track and attract schools. We had a certain surge of interest [after the Olympics] and this is a legacy on which we should build," he said.

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