Today’s Star columnist: Steve Brailey

Steve Brailey
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Sheffield is bidding to become the most active city in the UK by 2020. And if our venues are anything to go by, we’re heading in the right direction.

We’re a charity which provides facilities for sport and leisure activities for Sheffield people and every year our centres are becoming ever more popular with customers pledging to get fit, lose weight or improve their health.

Our health and fitness scheme, Fitness Unlimited, which has just turned 15, now has almost 18,000 members passionate about continuing improvements in their health.

To meet demand from fitness-conscious folk, we’ve increased the number of weekly classes to 370 and invested six-figure sums in gym expansions at Concord Sports Centre, Hillsborough Leisure Centre and Heeley Swimming Pool.

It also seems that the public’s ever-growing interest in technology, information and fitness on demand is also encouraging people to move more. We’ve recently introduced the Technogym mywellness® Cloud with seven apps and integrated cloud technology offering a personalised and tailored technology-supported experience. Classes with virtual instructors are also increasingly popular.

Nationally, people are starting to look to Sheffield as an example of best practice. Our award-winning Exercise Referral scheme, which has helped thousands of people in Sheffield overcome chronic health conditions using exercise, was recently selected for a Public Health report .

Ten years old this year, the scheme has transformed the lives of 15,000 people, helping them manage conditions including coronary heart disease, muscular skeletal diseases and respiratory illnesses.

Success breeds success. On the back of our efforts to grow physical activity, we’ve secured almost £500,000 of funding for sport, exercise and physical activity.

Sheffield’s Move More city-wide public health movement is gathering speed and will take another big step forward with the opening of the city’s first National Centre for Sport and Exercise Medicine at Concord Sports Centre. Combined with the development of a multi-million pound sport, health and wellbeing park in the East End, this city is at the heart of the Olympic legacy and innovations in health and wellbeing.