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Fitness role model Glenn goes from couch potato to run leader

30 November, 2016

When Sheffield man Glenn Hodkinson tipped the scales at 18 stone, he knew it was time to do something about his weight. Suffering health problems including high blood pressure, Glenn, 36, from Parson Cross, decided he needed to take action and pull himself out of the rut he was stuck in. But never could Glenn have imagined that less than two years later, he would be leading a community running group using his own story to inspire others to shape up and go from couch to 5k in 12 weeks. Glenn, who works for Sheffield City Council, explains: “It was around 18 months ago when I started my...

Carer Tracy turns her life around with exercise

28 November, 2016

An asthma sufferer from Sheffield who struggled to work and complete everyday tasks without becoming breathless has transformed her life through exercise. Tracy Hulbert, 46, from Stocksbridge, was finding it increasingly difficult to carry out her job as a carer because of breathing difficulties, having suffered with the debilitating lung condition for more than 10 years. Overweight and living with anxiety and depression, Tracy was referred by her GP in 2013 for an initial 12-week programme of low-impact physical activity at Hillsborough Leisure Centre. She explains: “I was not in a g...

Lord Coe celebrates Sheffield’s ‘exemplary’ Olympic legacy

11 October, 2016

One of Sheffield’s most famous sporting sons Lord Sebastian Coe believes the city’s Olympic legacy can become a template of best practice for cities not just in the UK, but around the world. Lord Coe returned ‘home’ this week to see first-hand how the city is playing a key role in delivering a sport, health and wellbeing legacy. The IAAF President toured the facilities being delivered as part of the city’s London 2012 legacy - and officially opened Graves Health and Sports Centre and the new National Centre for Sport and Exercise Medicine (NCSEM). He visited th...

This Girl Can get moving in Sheffield with free sports activities

5 October, 2016

Girls and women in Sheffield can get moving this year with a series of free sports and activity sessions. This Girl Can Sheffield is offering inactive 11 to 25 year old females the chance to try eight-week blocks of sport and exercise through a new city-wide project, which is being led by SIV. Free activities on offer throughout September include football coaching, fitness classes such as Body Blitz, Dance and Zumba, multi-sport sessions, trampolining, running, swimming and ice skating. Part of the national campaign developed by Sport England, This Girl Can Sheffield is being supported loca...

Cancer suffering nana seeks solace in football

4 October, 2016

A Sheffield woman with terminal cancer who continues to attend her grandson’s football games while she battles against the destructive disease has been hailed as a Parent in Sport hero. Pamela Mellars, 71, was diagnosed with skin cancer in 2012 and doctors told her that the disease was incurable. In the face of her illness, she has continued to cheer on her grandson, Ben, at his football matches for Aston Swallownest. Angela Sharp, Pamela’s daughter, has nominated her mum as part of Parent in Sport Week for the support she gives to Ben, aged 13, as he develops his football skills...

Cancer sufferer on the road to recovery thanks to exercise

20 September, 2016

A Sheffield woman diagnosed with cancer has credited increased fitness levels and the help of Concord Sports Centre for helping her cope with the disease. Jean Marsh, 65 from Wincobank in Sheffield, was initially referred to Concord Sports Centre, which is operated by SIV, in August 2013 to help manage her bronchiectasis - a long-term condition where the airways of the lungs become abnormally widened, increasing the risk of infection. Jean regularly attended Pulmonary Function classes at Concord to increase her fitness levels and assist with her condition. Jean, mum to Michael (43) and gran...

New role for experienced leisure and events expert

15 September, 2016

Leisure operator SIV has appointed Dominic Stokes as its new Head of SIV Events and Ponds Forge. Previously general manager of SIV Events, the events arm of SIV, Dominic will now also be in charge of the day-to-day management of Ponds Forge. He will also continue to be responsible for attracting major sporting, business and entertainment events, conferences, exhibitions and meetings to the SIV portfolio as well as overseeing their delivery. Every year, SIV hosts more than 1,500 events across its portfolio of venues contributing over £30m to the Sheffield economy. Dominic has worked i...

Rio aquatics stars to make a splash at Sheffield’s Celebration of Sport

13 September, 2016

Two city aquatics stars who represented TeamGB at the Rio Olympics are set to attend Sheffield’s Celebration of Sport gala dinner next month. Max Litchfield and Freddie Woodward will be amongst the VIP guests at the Olympic Legacy Park’s red carpet event at the English Institute of Sport (EIS Sheffield) on Wednesday 5 October. City of Sheffield swimmer Max, 21, came fourth in the 400m Men’s Individual Medley final at the Rio Olympics, setting two personal best times. Team Hallam member Max is a former World Junior Champion, having helped the 4x200m freestyle team swim to go...

Sheffield sports venue manager appointed chair of British Wheelchair Basketball

30 August, 2016

The general manager of the English Institute of Sport Sheffield (EIS Sheffield) has been appointed as the new chairman of British Wheelchair Basketball (BWB).  Paul Hudson replaces Malcolm Tarkenter, who has stepped down following a successful eight-year reign.  Paul, who continues with his role at EIS Sheffield, previously held the post of vice-chair on the Association’s Board and chair of the Performance Advisory Committee.  He has been influential in the GB Team’s selection and training preparation ahead of September’s Paralympic Games in Rio.  Paul...

National public health charity supports charge on sugary drinks

15 August, 2016

A leading national public health charity has given its backing to a move by Sheffield City Trust (SCT) to introduce a charge on unhealthy fizzy drinks. The UK Health Forum has welcomed the decision made by the health and wellbeing charity, SCT, to add 20p to the cost of all drinks with added sugar sold at cafes and vending machines in its 11 SIV leisure facilities. The not-for-profit trust became the first of its kind in the UK to introduce a charge on unhealthy sugary drinks last month. Every penny raised contributes to the organisation’s Health Fund which will invest in obesity and ...