Sheffield sports centre’s £700K upgrade

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A sports centre in Sheffield is set to play a part in the city’s new sports medicine centre with a £700,000 upgrade.

Concord Sports Centre, Shiregreen, is to be a ‘hub’ of the National Centre for Sports and Exercise Medicine – designed to continue the legacy of the London 2012 Olympic Games and encourage local residents to get fit.

Sheffield has been awarded £10 million in Government funding to set up part of the centre alongside London and Loughborough.

A range of consultation and treatment rooms will be installed at Concord in a new facility in an existing changing block, alongside a dedicated entrance and reception area.

It is hoped work can begin in the spring.

The Shiregreen development is one of three initial schemes under the Olympic legacy project.

Plans for a swimming pool on part of Thorncliffe recreation ground in High Green were confirmed last month, and a major overhaul is planned at Graves Tennis & Leisure Centre in Norton.

Dr Rob Copeland, project manager of the Sheffield NCSEM from Hallam University, said the centre was ‘a significant opportunity to shape the future of public health over the next 20 years’.

Coun Isobel Bowler, Sheffield Council cabinet member for culture, sport and leisure, said: “We now have the chance to provide new health consultation and rehabilitation services within the centre.

“This is a great opportunity to bring physical activity and health together in one place.”

The project is a central element of Move More, a masterplan to transform Sheffield into the country’s ‘city of physical activity’.

It was originally announced that the Graves headquarters was to be supported by three smaller hubs in the north, west and east of Sheffield.

However, in August it emerged the proposals faced a rethink because of a funding shortfall of about £6m.