Secure future for Sheffield sports centre

Isobel Bowler
Isobel Bowler
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Sheffield Council has appointed the People for Places social enterprise to operate Wisewood Sports Centre.

The sports centre, which was at risk of closure last year ago, will be managed by the council until April, when it will be handed over with a 10-year contract in place.

Councillor Isobel Bowler, cabinet member for neighbourhoods at Sheffield Council, said: “I am extremely pleased that we have been able to secure the long-term future of this popular facility and to protect jobs for those in the local community.

“All the existing activity programmes in the sports hall and outdoor football pitches will continue and the proposed investment from Places for People will further increase opportunities available for physical activity for local people.

“With the development of new sports centres at Thorncliffe and Graves, the new National Centre for Sports and Exercise Medicine facilities at Concord and the creation of the Olympic Legacy Park, this is a very positive time for health, fitness and wellbeing in Sheffield.”

Wisewood Sports Centre had been managed by Forge Valley School before it pulled out, prompting Sheffield Council to step in until a long-term plan could be put in place.