Jessica Ennis’ coach marks Don Valley stadium demise

The now flattened Don Valley Stadium in Sheffield
The now flattened Don Valley Stadium in Sheffield

This bare earth is all that remains of Sheffield’s famous Don Valley Stadium as work to clear the site for a new ‘super school’ continues.

The bulldozers have moved in on the athletics track and levelled the site, ready to rebuild it as a 1,222-place school for pupils aged two to 16 in September 2015.

Athletics coach Toni Minichiello, who trained Sheffield-born Olympic gold medallist Jessica Ennis, posted a picture of the barren site on Twitter – which was retweeted by the athlete herself – adding, ‘Don Valley Stadium as it looks now’.

Lewis Samuel, a 47-year-old 400m runner who competed in the 1990 European Championships and was a member of the Save Don Valley Stadium group, said: “We just have a hole in the ground now, and all those things which happened at the stadium have been lost.

“It was something which inspired future athletes. How is Sheffield supposed to produce another athlete like Jessica Ennis, for example?

“I just think it’s a real shame.”

The council says the new £16.7 million academy school, sponsored by Oasis Community Learning, will be a ‘cornerstone’ for regeneration and will meet high demand for new pupil places in the surrounding area.