Sheffield’s £10m boost for sports medicine centre

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PEOPLE in Sheffield are to benefit from £10 million of Olympic funding to help create the UK’s first sports medicine centre to promote exercise and fitness.

Health Secretary Andrew Lansley announced the funding for Sheffield to develop a National Sports and Exercise Medicine Centre of Excellence.

The centre, to be created and run by Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, the University of Sheffield and Sheffield Hallam University, will help get people active and treat injuries caused by exercise and conditions caused by lack of exercise.

It will focus on getting injured people back to work and help people use the physical activity to cope with existing medical conditions, such as diabetes.

The Government - which is providing the money as part of its Olympic legacy commitments - wants the Sheffield centre to be part of a three-centre £30m national project, with one hub in London and the third in Loughborough, Nottingham and Leicester.

Mr Lansley, announcing the project today, said: “Hosting the Olympics is a once in a life-time opportunity for Britain and it provides a great opportunity for the NHS too.

“The centre will share research findings and best practice with the entire NHS so that the whole country benefits.”