Why Sheffield is my home - and always will be

Born and raised in the city, Kian Rains is a Sheffielder through and through and loves the many excellent aspects that the city has to offer, including the wide range of sports that are played here and the endless opportunities that are available for people.

Thursday, 9th January 2020, 2:46 pm
Kian Rains pictured with Sheffield United players.

Currently working as an apprentice journalist for JPI Media, which owns the Sheffield Telegraph, he shares his view of the place that has been his home for the past 18 years and describes why scenic Sheffield will always be home.

Sport

With plenty of high-quality sporting facilities and two teams in the English Football League, Sheffield is known as ‘the City of Sport’ not only that though, it is home to the oldest football club in the world, Sheffield FC.

Boating pond at Millhouses Park.

The city regularly hosts events as well as being tied to the World Snooker Championships at the Crucible.

For as long as I can remember I have given my support to the Blades and still to this day I continue to follow them by going to all of the matches at Bramall Lane.

As a Sheffield United fan, it has been somewhat difficult as the majority of my family, as well as friends, are Wednesday fans but I think that it’s great to have a rival in the same city as long as people don’t take it too far and have a bit of fun with it!

Playing sport is also a hobby of mine and we are very lucky to have lots of facilities available to us, there’s also plenty of beautiful green space around us to do sport on a lovely summer day.

Millhouses Park

Located in the south west of the city, Millhouses Park is a place where many of my memories have been created.

On many occasions, I have walked, cycled and as a child played in the park, not only that though, I have had countless picnics on the lush green grass.

In winter it’s great to indulge in a delicious hot chocolate from the cafe inside the park to warm up.

One favourite memory that I have is when I brought my remote control speedboat to the pond and had hours of fun.

The park itself is ideal for a fantastic day out with the family, or for sports enthusiasts that want a game of tennis on the courts, there’s something for everyone.

Restaurants, bars, and pubs

In the city centre we have an array of bars and restaurants, some independent and some chain managed but there’s a wonderful selection.

A favourite pub of mine is The Yorkshire Bridge Inn at Ladybower.

It’s a country pub that uses locally sourced products in their food and has a range of pub classics on the menu.

After a long day out in the Peak District, it’s nice to drop in and relax while eating some delicious well-cooked food.

Opportunities

I am a solid believer that if an opportunity arises you should get up and give it your all.

It’s no surprise that if you work hard you will get where you want to be and with big firms moving into the city it won’t be long before you get noticed.

I decided to take this approach and an opportunity to become an apprentice with JPI was presented to me that I had to take .

History

Sheffield is famous for its industrial past and was once the steel capital of the world. I’ve had many family members that worked in the steelworks before they closed down.

It’s important that we preserve the history that has been left behind so that future generations can observe it too. A favourite place of mine to view Sheffield’s iconic history is at the Weston Park Museum as it has very interesting and interactive exhibitions that display information in creative ways from prehistoric times to the present day.

Nightlife

I couldn’t talk about Sheffield and leave out the bars and clubs dotted around the city.

West Street is the largest strip where you can find lively cocktail bars, clubs, and music venues.

I enjoy the Leadmill as it has a really good atmosphere.

It’s the people who live here that make me want to stay here forever. Everyone is so friendly and helpful and that’s why this city will always be my home.