Sport institute to expand with £1m project

South Yorkshire Sports Awards 2011
South Yorkshire Sports Awards 2011

Facilities at Sheffield’s English Institute of Sport are getting a boost with a £1million expansion project.

The investment is being made by Sheffield International Venues, which runs the facility in Attercliffe where 12 London Olympic medallists trained.

At the heart of the development is the introduction of a new three-floor gym, which will be open to the public.

The improvements come as neighbouring Don Valley Stadium is due to close in September because Sheffield Council will no longer pay the venue’s £700,000 annual subsidy.

Don Valley’s public gym is closing.

The new facility will feature cardio and resistance areas for members of the public at the venue.

SIV is also investing in 90 additional pieces of Technogym equipment for the gym, scheduled to open in October 2013.

The ground floor will house functional fitness equipment, with a 35-station spin studio above on the top floor.

Peter Clark, SIV’s corporate health and fitness manager, said: “The decision to invest into facilities and equipment in this climate is a strategic measure based on increased attendances at the venue and a need to provide a quality, but value-for-money offering.”

The English Institute of Sport’s Fitness Unlimited gym has around 1,000 members and is used by more than 300,000 people every year.