An ageing sporting facility is in line for a multi-million pound makeover as part of a project to create a national centre for sport in Sheffield.
Sheffield City Trust, which operates a host of sports venues including Pond’s Forge and iceSheffield, has unveiled plans for a £14 million extension to Graves Tennis and Leisure Centre.
Proposals include a new a two-storey centre to be built on the disused five-a-side football pitches in Norton, a swimming pool, additional tennis courts and bowling alley.
The redevelopment incorporates Graves into the £24 million scheme to create a National Centre for Sport and Excellence. Sheffield is one of three parts of the UK which has been awarded cash as part of the Olympic Legacy programme.
Steve Brailey, chief executive of Sheffield City Trust, said: “This integrated, unique and innovative model at Graves will deliver increased opportunities to improve the health and wellbeing of people in Sheffield but also demonstrate the importance of sport to healthy living.”
The National Centre for Sport and Excellence project also encompasses the new swimming pool planned for the north of Sheffield.
Along with providing the main headquarters for the national centre, Graves will house consultation and clinical treatment rooms.
Plans have been submitted to Sheffield Council and will be put to public consultation before they are given the green light.
Coun Isobel Bowler, cabinet member for culture, sport and leisure at Sheffield Council, said: “This is a great example of the city maximising external capital funding to renew sports facilities, make them more sustainable by reducing running costs, and leading to more people being active with the health benefits that brings.
“This project will provide superb health and recreational facilities for the whole city, particularly for those living in the south of Sheffield, and will complement the major investment being made in the north.”