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Long-serving leisure figure steps down

One of Sheffield’s longest serving and most influential leisure figures has stepped down from his role after more than 15 years.

Councillor Peter Price has retired from his position as a non-executive board member of Sheffield International Venues (SIV), which operates the city’s key leisure and entertainment venues.

Peter, 75, first joined SIV in 1992, helping to bring the World Student Games to Sheffield. He took a break before returning in 2008 for a second, five-year spell.

During his tenure, the Labour councillor for Shiregreen and Brightside has supported the development of facilities from the £12.5m refurbishment of Sheffield City Hall to the opening of iceSheffield and the English Institute of Sport Sheffield (EIS Sheffield).

Peter said: “I’ve had a fantastic 15 years but now it’s time to take a step back and let some new, younger blood bring their experience through. SIV is an innovative and dynamic company that has done great things and has been a very important part of the city’s development over the last two decades.

“I’m sad to step away from a wonderful team of people who are so dedicated to their role. But at the same time I’m proud to have been a non-executive board member for a company which has developed a portfolio of extremely well run leisure and entertainment facilities which are admired by so many UK cities.

“The recently announced reductions in Sheffield’s budgets are going to put our sport, leisure and entertainment under tremendous financial pressure and we will have to look at doing things differently.  We need to deliver the same objectives for less. Fortunately, in SIV we have one of the most innovative companies out there and I am confident they will be up for this challenge.

“There is the gym exciting development now open at EIS Sheffield, Hillsborough is going from strength to strength and the new Arena looks fantastic. Everything SIV does is focused on increasing participation and health provision and the city’s facilities are in safe hands.”

SIV Ltd operates 16 venues on behalf of the Trust including Ponds Forge International Sports Centre, Hillsborough Leisure Centre and the Motorpoint Arena Sheffield.

Steve Brailey, Chief Executive of SIV and Sheffield City Trust, said: “Peter has been a fantastic servant to SIV for many years and will be a big loss. He’s given so much to SIV and the city and shown a tremendous dedication and drive to deliver our objectives.

“Peter has been central to so many great things that have happened in Sheffield. With his support, we have grown participation levels to a record high, invested in state-of-the-art facilities, attracted top athletes and events to Sheffield, boosting economic impact, and promoted many local charities through grants.”

With more spare time on his hands, Peter is looking forward to spending more time watching his 12-year-old granddaughter, Isobel Smith, compete in swimming events.

“Isobel is part of the City of Sheffield Swim Squad and trains regularly at Ponds Forge. I love watching her compete and she is lucky to have the chance to train in such top facilities, which can only support her development.”

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