Cool, cool Sheffield

David Bly, 28, programme and development manager at ice Sheffield.
David Bly, 28, programme and development manager at ice Sheffield.

Sheffield-born David Bly, aged 28, is the programme and development manager at iceSheffield in Attercliffe and has worked at the venue since it opened in 2003. He is currently working on preparations for the 10th birthday gala on October 26. He helps to prepare taster sessions for the public in learn2skate and ice hockey, and is passionate about getting more and more people involved in all ice sports, working with schools.


I feel privileged to have worked in a world-class facility for 10 years. The venue has a superb mix of community and elite use. Having started as an ice steward while completing my A-levels, I have been able to work my way up to my current position. I was fortunate to have been involved in the events team for over five years which gave me the opportunity to manage events such as BBC Sports Personality of the Year, UK School Games and the European Figure and Dance Championships. Sheffield International Venues is a fantastic company to work for.

Sheffield Wednesday

I have to include my beloved Sheffield Wednesday! I have had a season ticket since I was five and was fortunate enough to travel home and away when we had the likes of Waddle and Hirst. Despite the last 15 years being mainly full of disappointment, nothing beats going to Hillsborough on a Saturday afternoon with my dad and brother. My son is nearly one and I cannot wait to take him to the games like my father did with me.


This is a place that Alex (my partner) and I have enjoyed visiting since we became a couple. We now make it a family trip as both of our children love the open air. The scenery is sublime and no where does Christmas better than Castleton with its lights and Christmas trees.

Sheffield scenery

Scenery in places such as High Bradfield and Grenoside is something that I feel we take for granted as a city. I absolutely love Sheffield and I feel very fortunate and privileged to have been born and raised in the city. I would not want to live anywhere else in the world. You can go from the city centre to the countryside in less than 15 minutes.

Uncle Sam’s

Since I was a child, Uncle Sam’s in Ecclesall Road has been my favourite place to eat and I don’t see this changing any time soon. We often go for birthdays or just for a general meal. The service and quality of food are exceptional. To a degree, it is something that has been passed from mum and dad, and the trend is slowly being passed to my children. I say slowly as my daughter loves their chips and cheese sauce, but we only allow it in small portions!


For a man, I think I am quite tolerant when it comes to shopping, and Meadowhall is my favourite place. The centre has brought a different culture to the city and is fantastic for the city’s economy. There is a wide variety of shops and places to eat and it is an extremely safe environment which is exactly what you want, especially when you have two young children.

Motorpoint Arena

I am a huge ice hockey fan and have been to the arena regularly since my first Sheffield Steelers game in 1995. Due to work and family commitments I don’t attend many games any more but I work closely with the sport on a daily basis. My main interest is with National Hockey League, which for me is the best sports league in the world, of any sport. The speed and quality is breathtaking. Having been to North America various times and take in some games, the overall experience is something that isn’t replicated in this country, in any sport.