City’s sporting millions

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MAJOR sporting events held in Sheffield over the coming year will generate £7 million for the city’s economy – and officials expect further benefits from training camps set to be held in the city by international Olympic teams.

The financial benefit is predicted in a report to Sheffield Council, which said 60 sports contests are being held in the city this year, some televised worldwide.

As well as World Snooker – won last year by Australian Neil Robertson – they include the English Open Table Tennis contest, World Short Track Speed Skating, European Fencing and the UK School Games.

Training camps are also expected to be held at the city’s sporting venues by international teams ahead of the 2012 Olympics. Provisional agreements have been made for the city to host USA Diving, Brazil Judo and Serbian athletes.

Sheffield Council director of culture Paul Billington said securing the training camps represented a “notable success” for the city.

“As the London games approach, Sheffield expects that list to grow. The combined impact of these up-coming camps will be significant both for sports venues and city business. The London 2012 Games also offer an unprecedented opportunity to develop sport,” the report said.

Participation rates in sport among Sheffield’s population are already the highest of any large English city – 3.5 per cent above the national average – and the council wants to continue the trend.