Owls plan £7m community hub

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SHEFFIELD Wednesday have unveiled plans to build a new £7million community centre on Penistone Road,

The club’s community programme has applied for planning permission to transform the former Presto Tools site from a near barren industrial area into the country’s biggest and best community facility.

Community Programme development manager Spencer Taylor and SWFC community manager Marcus Brameld told The Star the proposals would create a family-friendly facility, based on social inclusion, participation, education, job creation, sport, health, leisure and well being.

Spencer said subject to planning permission, the centre would be built with external investment and other funding from outside the football club.

He said: “The centre has been a vision of ours for the past 18 months.

“It will not be a centre of elite sportism but somewhere that everyone can use. A centre that will provide a demonstration of the good the football club can do for the community.”

If the centre is built it will create 15 to 20 jobs and provide apprenticeship training for hundreds of young people each year.

Partners in the project include Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice,

Hospice chief executive Sarah Champion, said: “Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice is excited to be partnering with the SWFC Community Programme in the development of their new community facility.”

The site will also house a health centre, pharmacy, classrooms, kid’s zone, indoor and outdoor pitches and accommodation.