Star Ennis in return to doomed Sheffield stadium

**STANDALONE PHOTO.** Olympic Heptathlon Champion Jessica Ennis trains in the Don Valley Stadium, Sheffield. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Tuesday April 30, 2013. The London Olympic Games Gold Medal winner started using Don Valley Stadium when she was ten years old and has prepared here for all her major victories for the past seventeen years. The announcements that the Stadium will close and be demolished from September of this year has forced the Olympic Champion and her coach Toni Minichiello to find another venue for her outdoor training as she prepares for this years World Championships in Moscow. Photo credit should read: John Giles/PA Wire.
**STANDALONE PHOTO.** Olympic Heptathlon Champion Jessica Ennis trains in the Don Valley Stadium, Sheffield. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Tuesday April 30, 2013. The London Olympic Games Gold Medal winner started using Don Valley Stadium when she was ten years old and has prepared here for all her major victories for the past seventeen years. The announcements that the Stadium will close and be demolished from September of this year has forced the Olympic Champion and her coach Toni Minichiello to find another venue for her outdoor training as she prepares for this years World Championships in Moscow. Photo credit should read: John Giles/PA Wire.
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It’s become a familiar scene at Don Valley Stadium in recent years – Olympic gold medallist Jess Ennis being put through her paces.

But the heptathlete’s latest session amid the empty seats of the venue in Attercliffe is likely to be among her last as coach Toni Minichiello seeks an alternative facility for the star.

Don Valley is to close in September and will be demolished to make way for a replacement development.

Former Sheffield Central MP and Sports Minister Richard Caborn is proposing alternative uses including a specialist rugby stadium - although he lacks funding.

Sheffield Council is withdrawing the £700,000 annual subsidy to cover the cost of Don Valley Stadium as it makes £50 million of cuts in 2013-14.

The stadium opened in 1991 for the World Student Games and cost £29 million.

Jess was first discovered as a future athlete when she went to a summer athletics camp at the stadium aged 10.