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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 ...

Venue first as rink hosts global ball hockey championships

12 August, 2016

A Sheffield ice rink swapped pucks for balls when it hosted an international sporting event for hundreds of competitors from all over the world. iceSheffield’s Olympic-standard competition pad was replaced by dry, hard flooring for the International Street and Ball Hockey Federation (ISBHF) 2016 World Junior Championships. Eighteen teams and 600 players and coaches took part in the tournament held over seven days at iceSheffield, which is operated by SIV, bringing more than £750,000 to the local economy. Ball hockey, a team sport played all over the world, is a variation of ice ...

Councillor gets a move on at Moorfoot

12 August, 2016

Sheffield councillor Cate McDonald made her move by testing out a new fitness facility at The Moorfoot Building.  Cllr McDonald tried out a Stretch and Core class in the Health and Wellbeing Space at Sheffield City Council’s Moorfoot office. SIV runs a range of weekly fitness sessions at a subsidised rate for council staff before and after work and during lunchtime from the office building on The Moor. Employees can take part in classes including Body Conditioning, Yoga, Zumba, HIIT Training and Boxing Circuit. The health and wellbeing programme is being delivered by SIV in part...

Olympic Legacy Park celebrated in London 2012

5 August, 2016

Sheffield’s Olympic Legacy Park (OLP) has been included in a national report celebrating the impact of London 2012 on sport and healthy living, economic growth and community cohesion. The OLP - which is set to become an internationally recognised centre for health, wellbeing and innovation – is featured in the Government’s Inspired by 2012: The legacy from the Olympic and Paralympic Games report. Published by the Department of Culture, Media and Sport ahead of Rio 2016, it recognises the OLP as an example of legacy best practice, bringing together elite, professional and co...

Olympic training facilities inspire 02 conference

3 August, 2016

A team from leading mobile phone and broadband provider 02 were going for gold with a unique event at the home of Olympic and world champions. The group of 115 staff from 02’s national online division hosted its quarterly conference in the Indoor Athletics Arena at the English Institute of Sport Sheffield (EIS Sheffield). Delegates listened to a motivational speech by Sydney rowing gold medallist, Ben Hunt-Davis, on the same track where Olympians including Jessica Ennis-Hill have been preparing for the Rio Games. The conference was designed around EIS Sheffield’s pole vault, hig...

Sheffield selected to host key national swimming events

26 July, 2016

Sheffield’s world-class aquatics venue has been chosen to host the two biggest events in the domestic swimming calendar next year. Ponds Forge International Sports Centre’s Olympic-size 50m pool will stage the 2017 British Swimming Championships and British Para-Swimming International Meet. Britain’s best swimmers and para-swimmers with ambitions of competing at their respective World Championships in 2017 will converge on Sheffield for ten days of competition next April. The British Championships, taking place from 18 to 23 April, will be used as the British sel...