Olympic cash for sports hall

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THE future of a Sheffield sports hall has been secured thanks to an ‘Olympic legacy’ project that will replace its leaking roof.

High Green Development Trust has secured £40,000 from Sport England’s Inspired Facilities Fund, which is part of a £135m national programme designed to leave a lasting mark from the London Games.

Currently, every time it rains, the roof of the sports hall at the Paces Campus leaks so badly that sports sessions have to be cancelled.

Trust enterprise project manager Steve Barnard said: “High Green and north Sheffield lacks good quality sporting facilities and there were times when we thought we would have to close the centre due to the roof.”

He added that the granted offered “an opportunity for everyone in north Sheffield to benefit from the 2012 Olympic legacy”.

Penistone and Stocksbridge MP Angela Smith said: “I am sure the £40,000 will be put to good use.

High Green is now renowned as the home of the Arctic Monkeys and the sports hall was used by the band’s drummer, Matt Helders, when he played football for the Pack Horse pub.