SHORTS: THE ASHES, BRITISH BMX, NOTTINGHAM FOREST

06 Dec 2021

By: Sport Industry Group

The fifth Ashes Test between Australia and England will no longer be played in Perth because of Covid-19 restrictions.

Western Australia has a 14-day quarantine rule and Perth's Optus Stadium was set to host the final Test from 14 January 2022. Discussions about a replacement venue are under way, with Melbourne, Sydney, Canberra and Hobart the possible options.

The Ashes start in Brisbane on 8 December 2021 with Australia pausing plans to reopen its borders to some foreign nationals because of fears over the new Covid variant.


British Cycling has confirmed that Bournemouth will host the 2022 British BMX Championships, along with the dates and venues for next year’s National BMX Series.

Olympians – and defending champions – Beth Shriever and Kye Whyte will be eyeing up another weekend to remember over two days of competition at the Bournemouth BMX Track (27-28 August) for the British BMX Championships, following resounding victories at Leicester’s Huncote Hornets track this summer.

Bournemouth BMX Club chairman, Michael Whittaker, added: “We’re so pleased to have been asked to host the jewel in the BMX race calendar’s crown. We’re looking forward to marking our 40th anniversary, and there’s plenty to celebrate both with the local community and the wider BMX community.


Nottingham Forest FC has announced new plans for the further redevelopment of the club’s training facilities at Wilford Lane.

Central to the plans are a new two-storey building and enhanced facilities at The Nigel Doughty Academy. The new academy building will include fourteen changing rooms, three classrooms, gym, physio room, analysis suite, guest parents’ lounge and canteen facilities, plus additional on-site car parking.

The latest plans are in line with the club’s ongoing investment in the facilities at Wilford Lane which earlier this season saw the enhancement of the show pitch to include a new playing surface and goals, LED floodlights, perimeter fence and dug outs to meet the club’s conditional Category One Academy licence obligations.