The man who masterminded Jessica Ennis-Hill’s Olympic success began his search for the next Sheffield superstar at the EIS last week.
Ennis-Hill’s coach, Toni Minichiello, held a special event at the English Institute of Sport to celebrate the facility’s 10th anniversary.
Toni, UK Sport’s Coach of the Year, talked 120 children from Darnall’s Phillimore Community Primary School through a series of activities, including Futsal, netball and boxing.
Paralympic silver medallist Will Bayley and his team mates Jack Hunter-Spivey, Ashley Facey Thompson, Ross Wilson and Aaron McKibbin led table tennis sessions for the youngsters.
“It’s an incredibly important facility for the city of Sheffield,” Minichiello said.
“If you come here after 6pm, there’s an amazing amount of youngsters enjoying sport here.
“It’s not just athletics, either - there’s boxing, table tennis, basketball and everything inbetween.
“It’s an up-to-date facility built with that range of sports in mind.
“There are always improvements, of course, but it is a superb facility.”
The £28m Sport England Lottery-funded EIS was opened in December 2003 by HRH Princess Anne.
More than 300,000 people take part in sport and physical activity there every year.