Japanese delegation visits Olympic park site in Sheffield

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The site where Sheffield’s Olympic Legacy Park could be created has been visited by senior business leaders from Japan.

A delegation from the Toshiba Corporation flew in to meet the people hoping to turn the former Don Valley Stadium in Attercliffe into the multi-million pound complex, including a research centre, university technical school and school.

There will also be a basketball arena and clinical facilities on site, the latter in conjunction with the new National Centre for Sport and Exercise Medicine

Former sports minister and Sheffield MP Richard Caborn, who is driving the project forward, said: “Interest in what we are doing here in Sheffield is significantly building outside the region, including a number of international organisations.

“To get a visit from Toshiba sends out a strong message.

“To get three senior people from that same organisation coming to Sheffield indicates the strength of our offer.

“They were very interested in the Olympic Legacy Park and how our proposals could fit in with their forward planning around product development in the health and physical activity sectors.”

The closure of Don Valley – where Sheffield’s London 2012 Olympic heptathlete champion Jessica Ennis-Hill trained – was controversial, with residents saying it should be retained.

The Toshiba party also visitied the Advanced Manufacturing Park near Rotherham.

It is hoped the legacy park could mirror that model.

Project leaders say nearly £40m of investment from the public and private sectors has been attracted so far.

Another £10m is being sought from the Regional Growth Fund to launch the initiative.