Bigger sport status ‘vital’ to city future

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MILTON Keynes’ sporting and business communities combined to hear the case that there should be a clear strategy to plan to develop international class facilities in the city.

More than 100 delegates attended a seminar on becoming an International Sporting City at Doubletree by Hilton Hotel, at stadium:mk on June 13.

David O’Neil, of Nortoft, has compiled a report on International Sporting City status for Milton Keynes Council. He said: “The local economy can benefit by £450,000 per day from a major event.”

MK Dons chairman Pete Winkelman said big football games could generate as much as £1.5million for local businesses.

Rita Spada, chief executive of Milton Keynes Chamber of Commerce, said: “Sport should be a vital part of any economic strategy.

“I am sure businesses would support it financially but only if they could see the strategy went from the grassroots to elite sports.”

Seminar feedback will be used to inform the council’s strategy document.