Councillor steps down from director post

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A long-serving councillor has stepped down from his role as a lead for leisure and entertainment in Sheffield.

Coun Peter Price, who played a part in bringing the World Student Games to the city in 1991, has retired from his position as a non-executive board member at Sheffield International Venues.

The 75-year-old first joined SIV in 1992 and took a break before returning in 2008 for a second, five-year spell.

During his time in the position, the Labour councillor for Shiregreen and Brightside has supported the development of facilities from the £12.5m refurbishment of Sheffield City Hall to the opening of iceSheffield and the English Institute of Sport.

Coun Price said: “I’ve had a fantastic 15 years but now it’s time to take a step back and let some new, younger blood bring their experience through.

“SIV is a dynamic company and I’m sad to step away from a wonderful team of people who are so dedicated to their role.

“But at the same time I’m proud to have been a non-executive board member for a company which has developed a portfolio of extremely well-run leisure and entertainment facilities which are admired by so many UK cities.

SIV operates 16 venues including Ponds Forge, Hillsborough Leisure Centre and the Motorpoint Arena on behalf of Sheffield City Trust.

Coun Price is hoping the decision will allow him to spend more time with granddaughter Isobel Smith, aged 12, who is a promising swimmer.

He added: “Isobel is part of the City of Sheffield Swim Squad and trains regularly at Ponds Forge.

“I love watching her compete and she is lucky to have the chance to train in such top facilities, which can only support her development.”