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The Press Association, the national news agency for the UK and Ireland, has won the contract to produce Sport England’s flagship publication, The Player.
The Player is a quarterly national newspaper which is distributed to thousands of sports clubs, leisure centres, schools, MPs and sporting organisations across the country, promoting the success stories of English sport, debating the big issues and inspiring the next generation of sporting champions.


A Northern Echo reporter has agreed to bare his legs to raise money for The Giving Tree appeal.
Sedgefield chief reporter Andrew White is being sponsored to have his legs waxed for the newspaper’s appeal, which asks Christmas shoppers to buy an extra gift and deliver it to one of the collection points around Darlington for children and families in the town.


More than 1,000 people attended The Oxford Times’ third annual food and craft fair.
Rooms on three floors of the Four Pillars Hotel at Sandford on Thames were filled with 50 stalls displaying all types of craft for the fair, which raised several hundred pounds for the Oxford Children’s Hospital Campaign.


The Bristol Evening Post has teamed up with Airbus and @Bristol to launch a unique project to inspire pupils at school in deprived areas.
The aim is to challenge their young minds to develop a really useful invention that Airbus can turn into a prototype for display at its hands-on science centre.


The Highland News Group is teaming up with the British Heart Foundation and the local NHS trust to launch a £755,000 campaign for a new dedicated cardiac rehabilitation research centre.
The newspapers Highland News, North Star and Lochaber News are targeting businesses for sponsorship, asking for donations and getting people to hold fundraising events.


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