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Graves to be home of Sheffield Hallam-supported 2012 legacy centre

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Issued:20/12/12

The Sheffield headquarters of the prestigious National Centre for Sport and Exercise Medicine will be based at Graves Tennis and Leisure Centre.

Sheffield has been chosen alongside high profile projects in London and the East Midlands to drive forward the physical activity and health legacy following the London 2012 Games.

The Government has allocated £10m to develop the Sheffield project as part of its £30m investment in the National Centre.

The focus of the Sheffield Centre is the promotion of physical activity and improving the health and productivity of the city’s population.

It brings together the city’s two universities - Sheffield Hallam University and University of Sheffield, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Sheffield City Council, Sheffield International Venues, NHS Sheffield, Sheffield Chamber of Commerce, English Institute of Sport and voluntary sector.

The plan for Graves, at Norton, includes proposals for a replacement swimming pool, additional tennis courts, gymnastics and outdoor football, an extended fitness facility and associated health, rehabilitation and research services.

Sir Andrew Cash, Chief Executive, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust said: “This builds on Sheffield’s reputation for world-class sport, medical and academic facilities and programmes.

“Sheffield also has award-winning public health and voluntary sector programmes aimed at engaging ‘at risk’ communities and reducing health in-equalities.

"We want to use this expertise to create a cultural change which encourages people to view an 'exercise prescription' as a fundamental part of their health prevention and treatment.

“The Centre at Graves, along with three others across the City, will be the hubs where we can begin to develop this approach and provide the necessary facilities and support for local people to be able to take control and make a real difference to their own health and well being.

Graves Tennis and Leisure Centre

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“This is a 20-year legacy programme which will be evidence-based and the learning from Sheffield will be used by other cities across the UK to improve their own population's health."

Richard Wright, Executive Director of Sheffield Chamber of Commerce, said: “This project really underlines the benefits around city investments over the last 20 years in major sporting events, facilities and other activities that have clearly identified Sheffield as the city of sport. Winning this project will help us identify the facilities and activities we need for the next 20 years.”

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The network partners in London are University College London and University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. The network partners in Sheffield are: Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, University of Sheffield, Sheffield Hallam University, NHS Sheffield, Sheffield City Council, Sheffield Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Voluntary Action Sheffield, Sheffield International Venues and The English Institute of Sport

The network partners in the East Midlands are Loughborough University, the University of Nottingham, the University of Leicester, Nottingham University NHS Trust, University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust and Nottingham Healthcare NHS Trust.