New chapter for Sheffield athletics

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Aspiring sportsmen and women are jumping for joy after a dedicated athletics stadium in Sheffield reopened.

Youngsters were put through their paces as they tested out facilities at the refurbished Woodbourn Road venue, which is replacing the city’s now-closed Don Valley Stadium.

Ana Garcia who will be training at the newly refurbished Woodburn Road Stadium

Ana Garcia who will be training at the newly refurbished Woodburn Road Stadium

Sheffield Hallam University and Sheffield Council held a day of sporting action to showcase Woodbourn Road’s £325,000 revamp.

While the demolition of nearby Don Valley will mark the end of an era, supporters have hailed Woodbourn Road as a return to grassroots athletics.

The City of Sheffield Athletic Club has worked with the council and university , which will run the stadium, to ensure the facility is up to scratch.

Coun Isobel Bowler, Council cabinet member for culture, said: “The problem with Don Valley was other sports teams used it. This is solely dedicated to athletics and where professionals have trained in the past.”

Ana Jones tests the newly refurbished Woodburn Road Stadium in Sheffield.

Ana Jones tests the newly refurbished Woodburn Road Stadium in Sheffield.

Mark Swales, Hallam director of estates, said: “It might not have 25,000-capacity, but it has the facilities to nurture sports stars of the future.”