Sheffield City Council Leader Cllr Terry Fox and Deputy Leader Cllr Julie Grocutt made their first visit to the Olympic Legacy Park last week to view the facilities and find out more about the cutting-edge research and innovation taking place.
The Council is one of the partners behind the development, working with other organisations within the Sheffield City Region to boost heath and wellbeing, regeneration, research, and education and build on the legacy of London 2012 Olympic & Paralympic Games.
Councillor Terry Fox, Leader of the Council, said: “This was a great opportunity to visit the Olympic Legacy Park first-hand and to see the fantastic work being done to help improve the long-term health and wellbeing of our community and to attract pioneering research teams to Sheffield.
“The site is testament to the wealth of skills and talent in our city and is an ideal location for investment in the region – unlocking the potential for many new jobs, apprentices and opportunities to up-skill.
“We have an ambitious vision for Sheffield and developments such as this are vital to ensuring that we have a workforce who are experts in their fields and are able to develop their skills in dedicated, state-of-the-art facilities to lead Sheffield into the future confidently and inspire others.
“I’m proud that the council is part of the team developing this site and I can’t wait to see what achievements it is home to in the coming years.”
Councillor Julie Grocutt, Deputy Leader of the Council, added:
“It’s a privilege for our city to be chosen as the location for this centre of leading innovation in the country and is the perfect base for such a development with our reputation as the Outdoor City and strong track record of leading the way in hosting sporting events and making activity accessible to all.
“The collaborative work on health, wellbeing and medical technology based at the Olympic Legacy Park will improve quality of life not just for our own residents, but globally and will directly impact on transforming lives in the future.
“The Covid-19 pandemic has shown us just how important sport and exercise are for mental as well as physical health, which is why it’s so important that sport is championed at the Olympic Legacy Park and the community spirit that plays an integral part in sporting events is celebrated.
“We want the Olympic Legacy Park to be a place that all Sheffielders can own, be part of and benefit from, whether that’s through building a career at the site, training at the site or attending events with friends and family.”