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Peter Clarke
Peter Clarke

Favourite Things: SIV fitness manager Peter Clark veers between a Japanese restaurant and Hillsborough stadium

Peter Clark is group fitness manager at Fitness Unlimited – Sheffield International Venues’ health and fitness scheme, which now has more than 20,000 members

Membership includes access to eight gyms and nine pools operated by SIV across the city including Concord Sports Centre, Hillsborough Leisure Centre, Ponds

Forge and the English Institute of Sport in Attercliffe. Peter, aged 43, lives in Hillsborough with his wife, Kathryn, and two-year-old son Oliver.

Hillsborough Leisure Centre

In my role as group fitness manager at SIV, I work at SIV’s facilities across the city, but Hillsborough Leisure Centre is where I spend most of my time – both in a work and personal capacity. My wife and I both train at the venue’s Fitness Unlimited Gym and also make the most of the spa facilities – it’s great to relax after a long work-out!

The gym is currently undergoing a refurbishment, which will increase the size of the cardio vascular and resistance areas from 50 to 85 pieces of equipment.

Once the refurbishment is complete, members will be able to train using the very latest Technogym kit, which is unique to South Yorkshire and was first used in the Olympic village at London 2012. Hillsborough’s leisure pool is perfect for our two-year-old son and we take him swimming nearly every weekend, so the venue works great for us as a family too.

Wasabisabi, London Road

My wife and I enjoy eating out and Japanese food is our favourite, so we go to Wasabisabi on London Road regularly. It’s a fantastic restaurant with authentic food that never disappoints. With the option to go for the teppanyaki menus, you can see the food freshly cooked in front of you and the chefs are always on hand to entertain. It’s very amusing watching people trying to catch food in their mouths! This is great if you go with a big group but there is also the option to sit in the main restaurant and order a la carte, so there is something to suit everyone.

Hillsborough stadium

I’ve been going to watch Sheffield Wednesday since I the age of four, so it would be wrong not to include Hillsborough football ground! I often refer to myself as a long suffering fan, as I’ve been with the team through the highs of the Premier League and the lows of League One! My son is sports mad but I’ve not taken him to a match yet as he’s still a bit too young. Hopefully I’ll be introducing him to the ground in the next few years!

Live entertainment

Sheffield is a brilliant city of live entertainment and has venues of different shapes and sizes that offer something to suit a variety of tastes. I’m a huge fan of comedy and like seeing the latest comedy acts, both at the Motorpoint Arena Sheffield and the Sheffield City Hall. Recently I’ve been to watch Jimmy Carr and Alan Carr. The Last Laugh Comedy club at the City Hall is also great as this gives up and coming comedy acts the chance to perform. I also really like live music, particularly indie and rock, so getting the chance to see Noel Gallagher and The Killers in my home town was fantastic.

Owlerton Greyhound Stadium

This is great for an affordable night out – for couples, families or a work gathering. When we’ve gone with a group of friends we have taken children as well and they love being able to look at the dogs, so that’s great to keep them entertained. The stadium does some really good deals where you get your admission, race card and food all included, or if you are celebrating a special occasion you can hire an executive box for a bigger group of people. It’s always good to have a flutter as well, whether you win or not, and if you want to carry on the betting when the races are over there is also a Napoleon’s Casino right next door!

Pirate Ship play area, Halifax Road

We like taking our son to The Pirate Ship play area, which he loves. It has a large adventure play area, which is suitable for children up to the age of ten, with the main climbing area shaped like a pirate ship. There are several slides, a bouncy castle and a soft play area for younger children, and it’s a brilliant place for kids’ birthday parties.