Sheffield athletics venue plans winner

Asha Philip wins the Final of the  Womens 60m Event during day one of the European Trials & UK Championships at the English Institute of Sport, Sheffield
Asha Philip wins the Final of the Womens 60m Event during day one of the European Trials & UK Championships at the English Institute of Sport, Sheffield
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The English Institute of Sport in Sheffield is to undergo a £1 million expansion to boost gym facilities both for athletes and fitness enthusiasts.

Sheffield International Venues runs the facility in Attercliffe where 12 London Olympic medallists trained.

At the heart of the development is the introduction of a new three-floor Fitness Unlimited gym, open to the public.

The improvements come as neighbouring Don Valley Stadium is due to close in September because Sheffield Council will no longer pay its £700,000 annual subsidy. The public gym at Don Valley will be closing.

Peter Clark, SIV’s corporate health and fitness manager, said: “The Fitness Unlimited gym at EIS is one of the most successful in the city.

“We first invested in January 2012, expanding the cardio area, creating new fitness studios and improving the changing rooms.

“Since then, membership figures have continued to grow. This second phase of development is about meeting the ever increasing demand and catering for people training for health and fun through to elite sport in an inspirational setting.”

The expanded Fitness Unlimited gym - scheduled to open in October and which will overlook the athletics track where Olympic heptathlon Jessica Ennis trains - will feature 90 additional pieces of equipment and a 35-station spin studio.

The gym already has around 1,000 members and was recently shortlisted for in the Club of the Year category at the UKActive and Matrix Flame Awards 2013.

EIS is home to 60 elite and community sports groups and organisations, and is used by more than 300,000 people a year.

n See The Star tomorrow for images of the new gym.