£15m plans for Graves centre revamp

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Multi-million pound plans for the ‘biggest leisure facility built in Sheffield for a generation’ have been submitted.

The proposals for the redeveloped Graves centre at Norton will include the city’s first dedicated gymnastics and trampolining centre and work could start as early as next year if approved.

A six-lane 25m replacement for the swimming pool, new fitness suites and tennis courts are also included - and the site will be the HQ for the new National Centre for Sport and Exercise Medicine.

It is hoped the boost will increase sports participation in the area.

Coun Isobel Bowler, the counci’s cabinet member for culture, sport and leisure said: “The investment will dramatically improve the quality of leisure facilities in the area, which will increase participation levels and improve health.

“The facility will be a great resource for people in the local area, but will also draw people from across the city given the specialist gymnastics, trampolining, tennis and NCSEM facilities.

“This is the biggest facility to be built in Sheffield in a generation.”

The project is jointly funded by Sheffield Council, the NCSEM, the Lawn Tennis Association, British Gymnastics and a potential contribution from Sport England.