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Minister Hugh Robertson visits Deerness Gymnastics Academy at Ushaw Moor

Olympics Minister urges North-East to 'get involved' From Durham Times

OLYMPICS Minister Hugh Robertson has urged North- Easterners to make the most of this year’s Games, claiming the region’s sporting budget could have been slashed even more dramatically had London not been hosting the event.

Mr Robertson was in the North-East yesterday to mark the start of the 200-day countdown to the Olympic opening ceremony, and visited Durham County Cricket Club, a potential pre-Games training venue, and Deerness Leisure Centre, where he watched a demonstration of gymnastics.

“I also hope it will bring a huge dividend for the North-East afterwards in terms of tourism. When the torch comes to this part of the world, there’s a fantastic opportunity to showcase everything the North-East has to offer and use that to drive tourism going forward.”

Hugh Robertson

Ironically, Deerness Leisure Centre was on the brink of closure last autumn as a result of Durham County Council cuts, only to be saved when Deerness Valley Gymnastics Club raised the funds to take over

via Olympics Minister urges North-East to ‘get involved’ From Durham Times.

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