And £2.5m Sheffield athletics revamp?

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HOPES of a £2.5m upgrade for Woodbourn Road athletics stadium were raised as part of the vision for the east end.

They include a 60 to 80 metre indoor track to provide all-weather training facilities in addition to a grandstand with up to 2,000 seats.

This would be the place to breed the next generation of Jessica Ennises, Seb Coes and Peter Elliott, said Richard Caborn.

Yet, as with Don Valley Stadium, the financial questions hang in the air. The cash-strapped council has only committed £150,000 to bring the stadium up to standard and it is thought a similar amount of money could come from athletics and other sports bodies.

Mr Caborn is renowned for his sports contacts at local, regional and national level, which will no doubt be put to the test. For the moment, he can point to encouragement from a highly influential former Sheffield athlete.

Commenting on the overall Don Valley strategy, Lord Coe, chair of the Olympic organising committee, said: “I have seen the proposal and it is actually quite a thoughtful one and relies on the proper delivery of track and field in Sheffield which will form a significant part of the delivery of the Olympic and Paralympic legacy.

“These conversations are never easy and are based on local priorities, but clubs, universities, other facilities and organisations are coming together to find a solution that works for Sheffield, works for athletics and works for sport in general.”

Woodbourn Road will reopen as Don Valley closes, becoming a dedicated home for Sheffield athletes, who are due to run the place themselves.