Sporting scientists show skill in capital

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SHEFFIELD sports scientists will be showing their skills off to the world next year when a major city exhibition transfers to London ready for the build-up to the Olympics.

Sports Lab: The Science Behind the Medals is is due to run until November 20 at Weston Park Museum.

But next March it will move to the Victoria and Albert Museum of Childhood, aiming to attract some of the half a million visitors set to arrive in the capital for the games.

The event - which will be retitled Beautiful Games in tribute to the Olympics - will run throughout the summer until early September.

Sports Lab, developed by Sheffield Hallam University with Museums Sheffield, shows how science and technology have helped create today’s champions.

It draws on the expertise developed at Hallam’s Centre for Sports Engineering Research, one of the leading centres of its kind in the country.

Over the last nine months the exhibition has been enjoyed by over 130,000 people, who have pedalled, danced and dived their way around the museum’s specially-created interactive features and explored the displays chronicling the history of sport.

The challenges on show provide examples of the latest sporting technologies and visitors to the V&A will also see a wealth of objects drawn from the city’s collections tracing the development of sport through the ages.

They include the Jabulani football used in last year’s World Cup Final, donated by Rotherham referee Howard Webb.

Families have been flocking to Weston Park to test their reflexes on the Beat the Clock reaction game and bust a move on the interactive dance floor.

Visitors have also clocked up 30,000 miles on the exhibition’s virtual bike race around Weston Park.