Sheffield's Olympic legacy

A multi-million pound plan has been announced to create the largest Olympic legacy project outside of London in Don Valley.

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Ennis coach welcomes Don Valley plans

Plans for a new athletics stadium in Sheffield have been welcomed by Toni Minichiello, coach of Olympic champion Jessica Ennis.

The decision to close and demolish the £29 million Don Valley Stadium as part of council cost-cutting measures drew criticism from Minichiello, as well as Ennis.

Certainly from the athletics point of view, I think it's a superb plan.

You are looking at a substantially larger investment into the Woodburn Road track and an indoor facility there, which is more than I could have hoped for.

It would have been lovely to keep the stadium but last week there was no future for athletics in Sheffield and now there is.

I think it gives us a real future for athletics in Sheffield.

– Toni Minichiello

The Woodburn Road proposal is part of a £40million development to transform the Don Valley area.

It includes a high-performance centre and new homes for Sheffield Eagles and Titans rugby union clubs, but the Woodburn Road plan is for a stand-alone athletics facility.

We are talking about 2,000 seats.

I think it's incredibly practical. It gives us an athletics site, it's not a shared site.

We've had difficulties in the past when it comes to sharing facilities with rugby and other sports but now we're going to have a venue that is purely for athletics.

Let's hope the feasibility study comes together and we can make it happen.

– Toni Minichiello

Ennis, who was crowned Laureus World Sportswoman of the Year in Rio last night, has pledged her support to the development.

If you see Woodburn Road at the moment, it is in a terrible state and it needs to be done properly.

It needs a lot of work doing to it, but if we get the funding to do it, it will be good.

I'm looking forward to hearing more about it and seeing how it develops and what it is going to be like. I am happy to have input and offer bits of advice where I can.

– Jessica Ennis


Largest Olympic legacy plan outside London

Former sports minister Richard Caborn has announced the "largest Olympic" legacy plan outside London" - in his home city Sheffield. There are multi-million plans to improve the existing Woodbourn Road stadium in east Sheffield and build a new rugby stadium backed by Lord Coe.

The Don Valley Stadium will still be demolished in September and the new plans for 26 acre site will create almost 1000 jobs. Richard Caborn says it will cost £40 million, that's one fifth of what it will cost to convert Olympic stadium in London.

Plans due for axed Don Valley Stadium

Major redevelopment plans are to be revealed for the site of the condemned Sheffield stadium where Olympic hero Jessica Ennis was discovered.

The decision to close and demolish the £29 million Don Valley Stadium as part of council cost-cutting measures was announced earlier this month.

Plans for the "biggest Olympic legacy project outside of London", focusing on the site of the stadium, will be revealed this morning.

The proposals will be outlined by former sports minister Richard Caborn at a news conference at the nearby English Institute of Sport.

The former Labour MP will outline the key strands of the scheme in Sheffield's Don Valley. He will also showcase what the project, focused on the redevelopment of the Don Valley Stadium footprint, could look like.

The briefing will outline what will be a comprehensive approach to delivering the biggest Olympic legacy project outside of London.

– Richard Caborn
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