College plan for Sheffield stadium site

Pictured at the start of work on Sheffield's first University Technical  College from left Phil Harrison, MD Wates Construction; Master Cutler, Pam Liversadge; Nick Crew Principal of the college; Coun. Julie Dore, leader of Sheffield Council  and Paul Blomfield MP Sfd Central the building behind them will be restored as part of the college'See Story ???????  Picture Chris Lawton   '07 September 2012
Pictured at the start of work on Sheffield's first University Technical College from left Phil Harrison, MD Wates Construction; Master Cutler, Pam Liversadge; Nick Crew Principal of the college; Coun. Julie Dore, leader of Sheffield Council and Paul Blomfield MP Sfd Central the building behind them will be restored as part of the college'See Story ??????? Picture Chris Lawton '07 September 2012
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A second university technical college could be built in Sheffield as part of plans to redevelop the Don Valley Stadium site.

Sheffield Council has announced it is preparing a bid to the Government to fund the college, which could specialise in sports and life sciences.

The Government has announced a further round of money for new university technical colleges, which take on youngsters aged 14 to 19.

Sheffield was previously successful in its application to create one of Britain’s first UTCs – specialising in advanced engineering and creative and digital media –which will open at a site on Matilda Street in the city centre in September.

Coun Jackie Drayton, the council’s cabinet member for children, young people and families, said: “This is an exciting chance to create a new, all-age learning campus with a UTC at its heart.

“By specialising in sports and life sciences, the city’s second UTC not only allows the young people of Sheffield to benefit from the Olympic legacy, but also prepares those who study there for careers in sectors where growth is predicted, including sports, health and specialist manufacturing.”

The council said the first UTC has ‘attracted enthusiastic support from employers, parents and young people’.

Richard Wright, executive director for Sheffield Chamber of Commerce and Industry, said: “I think it’s a really exciting project.

“I am on the board of governors at Sheffield College and I have also been on the working group for this proposal, so have had some involvement.

“It’s early days yet, but the second UTC will combine well with plans for the centre for sport and exercise medicine in the lower Don Valley.”

The council said it is now looking for a sponsor for the UTC, which must be taken on as a condition for granting funding.

The sponsor will be responsible for the UTC’s leadership and organisation.

Don Valley Stadium will close in September after the council cut its subsidy.