THE nation’s sporting organisations would do well to spend some time in Sheffield over the weekend to see what this city has to offer to the world of sport - and athletics in particular.
For the Sainsbury’s UK School Games is a full-scale sports extravaganza which few other cities could even dream of hosting.
It is a scandal that it is 20 years since an event of this scale was staged here in Sheffield.
We have the facilities, we have the capability and we have the enthusiasm to make these events the success they deserve to be.
Events ranging from mountain biking to fencing, gymnastics to judo, volleyball to athletics are being staged - and it is no exaggeration to say that the city is up to the challenge to make sure that the event takes place in memorable style.
The city’s decision to set out its stall and encourage the development of sporting expertise as a way of building the local economy has certainly delivered results.
But this weekend’s sporting bonanza shows that we are ideally placed to showcase challenging sporting occasions. Let’s see more of them!
Take up challenge to settle roads row
THE gauntlet has been thrown down for the head of the city’s highways maintenance programme to join a cyclist to settle a disagreement over the question of whether the region’s roads are a danger or not.
The Cyclists’ Defence Fund reckon they are such a hazard that Britain’s proposal to host a stage of the Tour de France in 2016 could be in jeopardy. The city council disagrees.
We are left with an organisation representing highly experienced road users saying one thing and the authority tasked with keeping the roads in good order saying they are maintained within limits laid down by statue.
Both can be right. But there ought to be an acknowledgement that the interests of road users may not fit into the limits of Whitehall’s rules of the road.
Therefore we think the answer is for the town hall to take up the challenge.
Jury is still out
FINALLY, the first modernised flats at Park Hill are going on sale, but at a huge price both in money and prestige.
The development is well behind schedule but it must be said that the first one-bedroom apartments are certainly stylish and attractive.
But the proof of this particular pudding will be judged a few years hence, once the whole scheme is completed and is occupied.
It will be interesting to see, by then, how many of the pledges and promises made in the early stages have been kept.
The jury is still out on this.