£3.5m boost for sport in Sheffield

Artist's impression of how Graves Tennis and Leisure Centre will look.
Artist's impression of how Graves Tennis and Leisure Centre will look.

Millions of pounds from council budgets are to be ploughed into ageing sports facilities in Sheffield.

The city council’s cabinet is set to give £3.5 million of investment - which officers say is needed to secure outside funding - the go-ahead at a meeting next week.

Cash will be set aside for a new swimming pool and health centre planned for High Green, which the local authority plans to award £2.5 million.

The rest of the money will be put towards the planned extension at Graves Tennis and Leisure Centre.

The sum makes up the council’s share of a £24 million Olympic Legacy project to transform Sheffield into one of three national centres of excellence.

Sport England and the National Centre for Sport and Exercise Medicine have joined forces with the council on the strategy.

Coun Isobel Bowler, Sheffield Council’s cabinet member for sport, said: “The council investment is key to attracting external funds to secure these new facilities.

“For every £1 the council invests, nearly £7 of external funds are secured.

“Not only that but the new centres at Graves and at High Green will require much less public subsidy than the facilities they replace.”

Improvements have also been carried out at Concord sports centre in Shiregreen, where consultation rooms have been added to accommodate health services.

Coun Bowler added: “With the addition of the National Centre for Health and Exercise Medicine facilities to the two new centres these, together with the existing centre at Concord, will focus on attracting new groups of people to become more physically active.

“There will be a particular emphasis on supporting inactive people to become more active so that their physical and mental health will improve.”