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24 hours that will write the next chapter of Sheffield’s sporting future

October 5, 2016
At lunchtime today (Wednesday 5 October), Lord Sebastian Coe will arrive in Sheffield to visit see how the city is delivering the largest Olympic Legacy outside London and officially open Graves Health and Sport Centre and the National Centre for Sport and Exercise Medicine (NCSEM).
24 hours that will write the next chapter of Sheffield’s sporting future
Lord Coe’s first port of call will be the English Institute of Sport Sheffield (EIS Sheffield) to induct a number of Rio athletes into the Hall of Champions, which he originally opened in 2009.
 
It will be followed by a visit to the new £10 million UTC in Sheffield to meet students specialising in healthcare and sports science.  The city’s second UTC will educate and train students in growth areas with strong career opportunities in the future.
 
Next will be the site of Sheffield Hallam University’s £14million Advanced Wellbeing Research Centre (AWRC) which is set to become the most advanced research and development centre for physical activity in the world, creating 'innovations that help people move'. The AWRC has already attracted three major research partners - Toshiba, Westfield Health and parkrun.
 
Lord Coe will then officially open the NCSEM facility at Graves Health and Sports Centre following a £16million refurbishment.
 
The NCSEM is a major part of the Olympic Legacy, using the spirit and motivation of London 2012 to establish practical ways of helping people across the nation to become more physically active and proving “physical activity is the miracle cure”.
 
Sheffield, with its strong working relationships between the city’s two universities, our hospitals, the local authority and private sector, was asked by the government to develop the NCSEM model and this has been delivered over the last three years with new centres at Concord Sports Centre, Graves and Thorncliffe and the AWRC.
 
Throughout the afternoon, the Indoor Athletics Arena at EIS Sheffield will be transformed to host Sheffield’s Celebration of Sport – a unique evening event celebrating the past, present and future of sport across Sheffield City Region.
 
With over 600 guests, including Olympians, Paralympians and other famous sporting sons and daughters of the region, it will be Sheffield’s greatest gathering of its sporting heroes for many years. 
 
Grassroots sport will also be recognised with awards being presented for Sportsman, Sportswoman, Sports Club, Future Star, Unsung Hero and Overcoming Adversity.
 
The 24 hours will conclude at lunchtime on Thursday 6 October with a Lord Mayor’s civic reception at the Town Hall to celebrate our returning Rio heroes.
 
These events will mark another milestone in Sheffield’s sporting history – the development of some of the best sporting facilities for community, professional and elite sport, and the NCSEM and AWRC delivering answers to the health problems of the nation.