City trust could buy venue

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OWNERSHIP of the English Institute of Sport in Sheffield - the training ground for star athletes, including Jessica Ennis - could be taken over by a charitable trust.

Current owners Sport England want to shift ownership for the Attercliffe operation, and have asked the Sheffield City Trust - the body that owns Sheffield International Venues - to consider taking control.

SIV has managed the site on behalf of Sport England for the last six years, making a profit on the operation.

Sheffield Council’s cabinet will decide next Wednesday whether the City Trust should take ownership.

Sport England has said that if councillors reject their offer the value of the management contract will be decreased.

A £4.86m lottery award will be awarded to the City Trust if they take it over.

Coun Roger Davison, cabinet member for sport and culture, said: “The proposal to bring EISS under the management of the city trust makes perfect sense.

“It would mean EISS becomes part of the wider sporting network across the city and would be able to offer joint membership across all SIV facilities to local people. The city could also actively promote EISS, alongside its other venues, for national and international events as part of Sheffield’s package.”