Planning for a sporting future

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There is an ambitious and very expensive vision for the land that was home to Don Valley Stadium which would help the city live up to its sporting image, while burying memories of an underused, oversized facility.

Sources say £40m plans for an ‘Advanced Park for Sports and Wellbeing’, announced last summer, are still very much alive.

The vision includes a multi-sport stadium with artificial pitch surrounded by a sports-focused University Technical College, a National Centre for Sport and Exercise Medicine and important rugby and basketball facilities.

A UTC bid was refused earlier this year, but a second application is planned for early May and the scheme has the backing of the universities, the Chamber, the Council, the teaching hospital and the private sector, it is claimed.

A source, who asked not to be named, said: “We are still determined to deliver on this scheme which could be the most important Olympic legacy in the North.

“We are in negotiations with a number of parties.”

The Don Valley area is already home to the English Institute of Sport, used by Jessica Ennis-Hill, and Ice Sheffield which features two Olympic-size rinks with seating for 1,500 people.