Opinion: Building a sporting legacy

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It is good news that building work at Concord Sports Centre is getting under way on a £10 million sport and exercise medicine centre.

Concord is one of three venues being developed as part of the National Centre for Sport and Exercise Medicine.

The project – funded with £700,000 from the Government – will offer physical activity as a treatment for a host of ailments on the NHS. It is expected to be completed early next year and will complement two further NCSEM sites at Graves Tennis and Leisure Centre in Norton and at High Green.

The use of physical activity to stay fit and healthy shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone.

Less pleasing to the eye is the state of what was once Don Valley Stadium.

Now all but erased from the map a new school will rise in its footprint with plans for sports facilities that could provide homes for Sheffield Eagles and Sheffield Sharks.

Let us hope that the new development provides what the city needs.

The loss of Don Valley was a major blow to Sheffield’s claim of being a city of sport. Demolition was an admittance of failure that no one in power could work out what to do with it.

What takes its place has to be a success.

WORKS STARTS ON NEW VENUE: Read about the new building work at Concord - CLICK HERE.

STAR READERS MOURN DON VALLEY: Read the Don Valley Stadium story - CLICK HERE.