Sheffield’s Woodburn Road Stadium back on track

Sheffield Council Leisure Chief Paul Billington at the newly refurbished Woodbourn Road Stadium
Sheffield Council Leisure Chief Paul Billington at the newly refurbished Woodbourn Road Stadium
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Work to revamp Sheffield’s Woodbourn Road stadium has given the city some of the UK’s best athletics facilities – with Olympic golden girl Jess Ennis-Hill set to train there.

Heptathlete Jess was poised to train outside the city after the closure of Don Valley Stadium, which will be demolished before Christmas.

But £325,000 of improvements have now been carried out at Woodbourn Road athletics stadium to bring it up to scratch – with the venue to be reopened on Sunday.

Mike Corden, chairman of the City of Sheffield Athletics Club, said: “We’ll have some of best athletics provision in the country at Woodbourn.”

And Jess’ coach Toni Minichiello, who had said the Olympic hero may have to train away from Sheffield, said: “My hope is it would be possible for us to train at Woodbourn Road.”

Toni had compared the overgrown and rundown grass infield area to a ‘potato field’ unsuitable for Jess to train on.

But Sheffield Council director of culture Paul Billington said today: “It’s now like the pitch at Wembley Stadium.”