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SPORT Sheffield to host disability Games

Special Olympics GB has confirmed its 2017 National Summer Games will be staged in Sheffield over five days from 7-11 August 2017. Held every four years, the

Games is the largest disabil- ity sports event in the UK and features nearly 2,000 athletes with intellectual (learning) disabilities, com- peting across 12 sports. Venues for the Games

will include the Sheffield Hallam University City Athletics Stadium; Sheffield City Trust’s Ponds Forge International Sports Centre; Hillsborough Leisure Centre; Concord Sports Centre; Graves Tennis and Leisure Centre; the English Institute of Sport Sheffield and Forge Valley School. Sheffield City Council will deliver the event

in partnership with Sheffield International Venues (SIV), which runs key sites such as the English Institute of Sport and Ponds Forge. Marketing Sheffield will be leading on the accommodation aspect of the Games.

Te 2013 Games in Bath attracted more than 1,700 athletes

Councillor Julie Dore, leader of Sheffield City Council, said: “Te decision is testament to the fact Sheffield is a great sporting city and we estimate the economic benefit hosting the games in Sheffield will be around £1.5m. “From world-class venues such as the

English Institute of Sport and Ponds Forge, to the multi award-winning Hillsborough Leisure Centre, Sheffield really does have it all.” Details:

Para-sports facility planned for Scotland

Scotland’s first dedicated para-sports facility is set to be built at the Sportscotland National Sports Centre Inverclyde in Largs, Ayrshire. The £9m development,

the first of its kind anywhere in the UK, will ensure dis- abled athletes can train at world-class, fully integrated, multi-sports facilities. As part of the work, a total

of 60 fully adapted, disability- friendly residential rooms will be created at the centre. Funding will be provided in

its entirety by the government and Sportscotland. Te centre is set to be completed in 2016. According to Commonwealth Games secre-

tary Shona Robison, the facility is an integral part of the government’s legacy plans for Glasgow 2014. Te Games, which concluded last week, featured the highest number of para- sport medal events in the history of the Games. We’re focused on maximising the sport-

ing legacy of the Games,” Robison said. “Te new facilities and fully adapted accommoda- tion will give a new generation of para-athletes

© CYBERTREK 2014 It will be Scotland’s first dedicated facility for disabled athletes

the chance to train at world class facilities and go on to emulate their Games heroes.” Sportscotland’s CEO Stewart Harris added:

“Tis welcome announcement secures the cen- tre as an inclusive venue encompassing a wide range of sports and physical activities, and will support para-sports and a number of small and medium Scottish Governing Bodies of Sport, as well as events in the area, such as sailing.” Details:

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