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Jess Ennis' local stadium plea

Olympic champion Jessica Ennis has made a last-ditch appeal to save the stadium where she was discovered at a school's training camp. Councillors will make a decision on the future of Sheffield's Don Valley Stadium at a meeting today.

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Ennis coach: Losing 'iconic' stadium would be a shame

Jessica Ennis' coach Toni Minichiello has joined the athlete in appealing against the closure of Sheffield's Don Valley stadium.

He told Sky News:

It is an iconic stadium and its a place that has inspired youngsters and none more so than Jessica Ennis.

It is a fantastic facility and it is an incredible shame to lose something like this from the sporting map.

Having taken the youngsters all the way through to Olympic gold you see that this actually can be done in Sheffield.

Why, if you can have one Jessica Ennis, can you not have two or three?

That opportunity all of a sudden looked to be there and now it's going to be taken away from a whole new generation of youngsters."

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