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Sheffield Health and Wellbeing charity reveals startling Sugar tax results

5 May, 2017

An innovative approach by a major leisure operator in the UK to introduce the government’s sugar tax initiative on unhealthy fizzy drinks has seen remarkable results.Health and wellbeing charity Sheffield City Trust, which operates 11 sports and leisure venues in Sheffield, confronted this major health challenge head on by adding a 20p charge to all drinks with added sugar sold at cafes and vending machines at its SIV leisure facilities.In less than nine months there has been an 11 per cent swing towards purchasing low and non-sugar drinks at a time when overall drinks sales increased. C...

Sheffield’s BME communities urged to attend screening

25 April, 2017

24 April 2016  Sheffield’s BME communities urged to attend screening Areas in Sheffield that have large BME communities have worryingly low cancer screening rates. Cancer screening is one of our strongest weapons in the fight against cancer.  The sooner the cancer is detected, the sooner the cancer treatment will start, and the more effective treatment will be.  Communities in Burngreave, Tinsley and Darnall, which have large black and minority ethnic communities, have been identified as areas where people are not attending cancer screening.  In addition, communit...

High flying Amelia excels thanks to sporting competition

21 April, 2017

A young girl from Sheffield is impressing sport coaches with her gymnastic talents having never tried the sport before. Amelia Davison, 6, from Chapeltown, was one of 10 youngsters to win SIV’s ‘Search for a Star’ competition after wowing judges with her entry video. She is now enjoying a year’s free coaching at Hillsborough Leisure Centre, where she is now familiarising herself with the gymnastics equipment. Aside from gymnastics, Amelia also takes part in street dance, swimming, karate and musical theatre Amelia’s mum, Katy, said: “Amelia has always ha...

Sheffield mum hails ‘brilliant’ sport and fitness accessibility scheme

3 April, 2017

A Sheffield mum-of-two has heaped praise on a health and fitness scheme which enables people with physical and learning disabilities, as well as mental health conditions, to take a family member, carer or friend to Sheffield sports venues as support for free. SIV, which runs many of the sports and leisure venues across Sheffield, recently revamped its ‘Plus One’ scheme, an initiative which gives people who need additional support when using an SIV venue due to a disability or a mental health condition the opportunity to take with them a family member, carer or friend when exercisi...

Run Blind Girl Run...

16 March, 2017

There will be thousands of runners in this year’s London Marathon but it’s a fair bet than none of them will have laughed as much in training as visually impaired Nicky Gardner from Sheffield and her guide Craig Rush. Nicky, 51 had only run on a treadmill until Craig, her fitness instructor at the Ponds Forge International Sports Centre asked her:  “Why don’t you run outside?”  She replied “Who’s going to take me?” Craig, 46, went away and watched videos of blind runners and their guides saw how it was done and took Nicky out for a tr...

British Wheelchair Basketball announces intention to move Elite Training Centre to Sheffield

10 March, 2017

The preferred partner for the training hub of the GB wheelchair basketball performance teams has been announced with a potential move north to the English Institute of Sport Sheffield, operated by SIV, from September 2017.British Wheelchair Basketball’s Elite Training Centre is the base for the NGB’s innovative National Lottery funded centralised training programme. Following both GB teams’ outstanding success at the Rio Paralympics, the new Elite Training Centre will be crucial in underpinning their journey to achieve podium positions in Tokyo 2020.The centralised programme ...

SIV chief executive announces retirement

1 March, 2017

The chief executive of the organisation which runs some of Sheffield’s key leisure, wellbeing and entertainment venues has announced his retirement after more than 21 years at the helm. Steve Brailey, who took the top job at the Sheffield City Trust (SCT) and its operating company SIV in 1996, will step down from the role in August this year. The 61-year-old, who was awarded a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list for services to the leisure industry, is looking to take time out to travel with his wife, as well as spending more time ...

Full Lineup Announced For This Year’s Scarborough Jazz Festival

7 February, 2017

The full lineup has been announced for this year’s Scarborough Jazz Festival, which will take place at Scarborough Spa on 22 – 24 September 2017. From big bands to songsters, rising stars to something different, Festival Director Mike Gordon has designed a very special programme of top quality acts for the fifteenth anniversary. The internationally respected composer, arranger and trombonist Mike Gibbs is undoubtedly a coup for the festival, as he performs with the Hans Koller 17 piece Big Band as part of his 80th birthday celebration. Mike’s pulsating compositions blend th...

Scarborough Spa Orchestra’s 2017 Dates Revealed!

31 January, 2017

The dates for Scarborough Spa Orchestra’s 2017 summer season have now been announced. The legendary orchestra will continue the 105 year tradition from 5 June to 14 September, with nine concerts every week. Once again the Morning concerts will bring a musical start to The Spa’s day from Sunday to Thursday, with the Evening Concerts taking place on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday. Of course, Thursday evenings will continue to be the centrepiece to the orchestra’s week with the ever-popular Gala Night. Special guest vocalists will be at the heart of these performances, creati...

Scarborough Spa’s Grand Hall Transforms Into Wrestling Arena

19 January, 2017

Epic battles and action packed bouts will have visitors at the edge of their seats, when E.P.W. Wrestling returns to Scarborough Spa on Friday 3 February. The Grand Hall will be transformed into a wrestling arena with a mammoth 15ft cage of hell taking centre stage. There will be some epic battles from the likes of high flying Finnish Luchador El Excentrico and British Wrestling hero Johnny Moss. The team are delighted to be joined by female wrestlers Little Miss Roxy, Xia Brookside and The Voodoo Queen. There will also be appearances from Tokyo Joe, Davey Blaine, Killjoy and many more. Wi...