News in brief: Eagles make a stand

SHEFFIELD Eagles rugby league team will make history this weekend by being the first professional sports team in the UK to take a stand against homophobia.

Players will wear Homophobia – Tackle It campaign kit at their match against Widnes Vikings on Sunday, joining the council’s bid to stamp out homophobic bullying in schools.

Research by national campaign group Stonewall has shown that nearly two-thirds of lesbian, gay and bisexual students in secondary schools have experienced bullying.

Old mill conversion

PLANNING permission was granted on Tuesday for Olive House Works, a former grinding and paper mill at the end of Black Lane, off Loxley Road in the green belt, to be converted into three homes, despite objections from Loxley Valley Protection Society and the Campaign to Protect Rural England.

The council said the scheme would secure the future of a listed building.

Another Question

BBC One’s A Question of Sport is to embark on a second tour, with a date at Sheffield City Hall on November 2. Presenter Sue Barker will be joined by team captains Matt Dawson and Phil Tufnell and other sports stars. Tickets go on sale tomorrow (Friday).

Showjumping off

THE Yorkshire International Showjumping Event, scheduled for the Sheffield Motorpoint Arena over the Easter weekend, has been cancelled. Organisers are looking for an alternative venue in Yorkshire for 2012.

Climber hurt in fall

A CANADIAN climber in his 20s was taken to hospital with back, chest and leg injuries after falling on Burbage South in the Peak District on Monday. He was treated at the scene by Edale Mountain Rescue Team.

Peston at Academy

SIXTH-formers at Sheffield Park Academy had the chance on Tuesday to quiz BBC Business Editor Robert Peston about the economic climate. Renowned for his coverage of the banking crisis, he gave a talk as part of the Speakers for Schools and Employer’s Taskforce initiatives.

School’s £1,500 jumble

A JUMBLE sale at Birkdale School raised £1,500 for projects at schools in Kathmandu where Birkdale students will teach in the Easter holidays.