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First ever Paralympian inducted into Hall of Champions

28 April, 2015

First ever Paralympian inducted into Hall of Champions Table tennis player Will Bayley has become the first ever Paralympian to be inducted into the Hall of Champions at the English Institute of Sport – Sheffield (EIS Sheffield) in recognition of his sporting achievements. A giant image of the 27-year-old Paralympian, who is currently preparing for Rio 2016, is now on display in the Hall of Champions alongside athletes such as Nick Matthew, Jessica Ennis-Hill and Kelly Holmes after it was unveiled at a celebration ceremony. The Hall of Champions was opened by Lord Sebastian Coe in 2...

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Pamela hits the ground running to tackle health problems

20 April, 2015

Suffering with diabetes, arthritis and heart problems, Sheffield mum Pamela Amour had almost given up on her health. Overweight and unable to carry our everyday tasks like cleaning and shopping without pain, 43-year-old Pamela decided to take action and was referred by her GP to Sheffield City Trust’s Exercise Referral scheme. In June 2014, Pamela completed a 12-week programme of exercise at Ponds Forge – the first step on a 10-month journey which has seen her shape up, lose weight and become a new woman. The mum-of-two, from Woodhouse, said: “I was putting on more and mor...

Cancer survivor credits exercise for new lease of life

13 April, 2015

A Sheffield man who ballooned in weight after life-saving cancer treatment is now fighting fit thanks to an award-winning health scheme. David Bishop, from Shiregreen, 71, was referred to Sheffield City Trust’s (SCT) Exercise Referral scheme when he peaked at 15 stones after seven weeks of radiation therapy and medication for prostate cancer. Despite playing badminton to a high level with his wife, Maureen, in their younger years, the only exercise David did before being referred to Concord Sports Centre in July 2013 was golf and the occasional walk. Since being on the Exercise Referr...

Exercise helps Clare fight invisible illness

2 April, 2015

An exercise instructor from Sheffield who suffers with constant pain caused by an ‘invisible illness’ is using physical activity to help her manage the condition. Clare Bamford, 39, from Wincobank, was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia – a long-term syndrome that causes pain all over the body – after being involved in a road accident three years ago. Clare, who works for Fitness Unlimited at Hillsborough Leisure Centre, suffers with all-over stiffness but regular exercise is helping her live with the pain. Clare explains: “From a young age I have always been active, ...

Golfers to get rub of the green with recycled bunkers

1 April, 2015

A Sheffield golf course has given the green light to a new recycling initiative which will be launched on Wednesday 1 April.  Beauchief Golf Course, in Millhouses, is set to become one of the first in the country to change the light coloured sand in the bunkers to green made of recycled glass. It is part of the golf city course’s new energy and environment policy, which is focused on increasing levels of recycling. Green bottles from the bar at Beauchief will be ground to a fine sand at a special processing factory. Andy Carnall, golf manager at Beauchief Golf Course, said: &ldq...

City Hall stroke survivor works his way back on stage

25 March, 2015

When Sheffield man Mark Stevens suffered a major, life-threatening stroke in 2013 he never thought he would walk or talk again. Mark, aged 57, from Hunters Bar, was rushed to the Royal Hallamshire Hospital's Hyper Acute Stroke Unit for expert emergency treatment when the illness struck in the summer of 2013. However, after 19 months of recovery and rehabilitation, Mark has returned to work as a stage technician at Sheffield City Hall. His wife Jenny explains: “Mark’s devastating stroke left him unable to walk, lift his right arm or his right hand. He was unable to read or wri...

Health scheme celebrates 10 years of transforming lives

19 March, 2015

An award-winning scheme which has transformed the lives of thousands of patients in Sheffield with chronic health conditions is celebrating its 10th birthday. Sheffield City Trust’s (SCT) Exercise Referral Scheme uses physical activity to help people manage conditions including coronary heart disease, muscular skeletal diseases and respiratory illnesses. The scheme was launched by the trust at Concord Sports Centre in March 2005 and over the last decade has expanded across five venues in Sheffield and now operates in two city GP surgeries. A team of ten Exercise Referral and Cardiac R...

Parking changes at Sheffield sports centre

19 March, 2015

Parking changes at Sheffield sports centre  Car park changes are being introduced at a Sheffield sports centre in response to customer feedback.  Hillsborough Leisure Centre, which is part of the local charity Sheffield City Trust, is making the changes to improve the parking experience for venue users.  From April, there will be a camera-based parking control system in operation at the Penistone Road facility.  Customers will be able to park for free for up to two hours. A touch screen terminal will be installed inside Hillsborough allowing users to register their vehi...

Road to Rio starts in Sheffield for Brazil Disability Table Tennis squad

18 March, 2015

Road to Rio starts in Sheffield for Brazil Disability Table Tennis squad  Brazil’s Disability Table Tennis squad paid a visit to the English Institute of Sport – Sheffield (EIS Sheffield) as part of their preparations for Rio 2016.  A squad of 11 athletes took part in a joint training camp with the BTTAD (British Table Tennis Association for People with Disabilities), which included names such as Kim Daybell and world para?table tennis champion Will Bayley.  BTTAD is responsible for the organisation of the UK Disability Table Tennis World Class Performance Progr...

Mums take baby steps to fitness with new scheme

17 March, 2015

A Sheffield charity has introduced a new fitness scheme which encourages mums to get into shape while spending time with their baby. The six-week pilot scheme called ‘Small Sparks Mummy and Baby Group’ has been launched by Sheffield City Trust (SCT) at Hillsborough Leisure Centre. The weekly circuit-based training sessions feature a safe, soft-play area in the middle of the sports hall where mums can leave their babies while they exercise around them. Sheffield City Trust’s charitable objective is to improve the health and wellbeing of Sheffield people by providing facilit...

Cool Sheffield Councillor’s a Good Sport

12 March, 2015

A Sheffield councillor skated into action to encourage more local women and girls to get involved in sport and physical activity. Councillor Isobel Bowler, Sheffield City Council’s cabinet member for culture, sport and leisure, took part in an ice skating lesson at iceSheffield to show her support for This Girl Can. This Girl Can is a national campaign developed by Sport England and a wide range of partnership organisations to get women and girls moving, regardless of shape, size and ability. It is being supported locally by Sheffield City Trust, Sheffield City Council, Activity Sheff...