Favourite things: Our new gym - and the city - is fit for purpose

Supervisor Jeremy Walliss at Heeley Swimmin Pool, Broadfield Road.
Supervisor Jeremy Walliss at Heeley Swimmin Pool, Broadfield Road.

Sheffield-born Jeremy Walliss is a venue supervisor at Heeley Leisure Centre where a new fitness facility has opened. Jeremy has worked at Heeley for more than 11 years, his role a varied one in day-to-day management, week, with no day ever being the same. He works closely with user groups and schools to promote swimming and the Learn to Swim programme.

He is extremely upbeat for the future of the leisure centre, and the hope is that the new gym will increase physical participation and attract more users.

Cyclists in the Peak District. Photo contributed.

Cyclists in the Peak District. Photo contributed.

Heeley Leisure Centre

Having worked at various sporting venues around the South Yorkshire area, I feel privileged to work at such a wonderful venue that is steeped in history and is so well supported and received by the surrounding community. More importantly, it has evolved to still be relevant today, after 100 years.

The venue was created to enable the surrounding area to cleanse/bath and wash their clothes, as bathrooms were seldom in houses during that time. The pool used to open on a Monday and as the week progressed the cost for a wash/dip decreased as the water quality reduced.

The centre in Broadfield Road has continued to develop over the years, and now it has a new gym with 28 pieces of the latest Technogym equipment, including a free weights and stretch area and separate changing area.

I am confident the gym will be a great success. At the same time, it’s important that the building’s Edwardian design remains a focal point.

sheffield wednesday

I am an avid Wednesday fan who has been on the journey for the last 30 years, including our major highs of cup finals and European football (yes, European football in Sheffield!) right through to the present day. Things have been a little grim for the ‘massive’ but hopefully our fortunes are now

starting to turn around with a new era that has started to look more promising.

My hopes for the Owls are the same as any fan, that one day we will be back in the top flight competing with the top teams. Sheffield needs to have a football club in the Premier League. It’s the home of football, something we ‘Sheffielders’ are proud of.

The Peak District

Sheffield is a wonderful city that is vibrant and diverse. One of the major selling points to Sheffield is its proximity to the Peak District. It’s an excellent place to spend time - somewhere that my wife, two daughters and I love to be, either walking or cycling. It never fails to impress with its natural beauty.

We often head for Fairholmes in the Derwent Valley to walk or cycle around the dams. It’s somewhere that we can unwind and relax as a family, taking in the scenery and wildlife.

The Milestone

The Milestone Restaurant in Kelham Island is a one of our favourite places to eat. Its menu is always offering things of a different nature, always cooked to perfection, with presentation to match. Its wines and beers really complement the menu, with the restaurant team on hand to give opinion on what’s new on the menu, and what drink is a good accompaniment to the food.

We often go for special occasions like birthdays and anniversaries. It’s a real treat to have such a great place in Sheffield. I would say this place is a must if you’re a foodie like me and my wife.

Beauchief Golf Course

I love to play golf in my spare time. But like many golfers the game rarely loves me. I say that due to the fact that it can be the most frustrating game ever. But if you hit that one perfect shot, it leaves you coming back for more. The course is maintained to a very high standard, even playing well considering the winter that we have just endured

Beauchief is the one course that is a great challenge, the first hole is a killer, but the view on the green over the countryside is stunning. It’s a brilliant course that is a stern test for golfers of all handicaps.

Millhouses Park

I have two young daughters that keep me on my toes most of the time when I am not working. One of the things that we like to do is to go to Millhouses Park.

My daughters love to play on the slides and swings. In the summer the water feature is real fun for them, they put on swimming kit as they end up soaked to the skin and they usually target me in the process!

After all the excitement the café is a nice place to visit, eating in or outside watching the boating lake with a nice ice cream. We spend many weekends there as my kids never get tired of it. If they’re happy, then so are my wife and I.