Olympic legacy project ‘transforming quality of life’ showcased at House of Commons

MPs and Civil Servants have been briefed on the significant impact of a London 2012 Olympic legacy project which is ‘transforming quality of life’.

The Olympic legacy developments have been welcomed by key figures as ‘a vision becoming reality’ and have already resulted in the delivery of 80,000 appointments a year from hospitals to clinics based in leisure centres in South Yorkshire.

The projects already coming out of Sheffield City Region include the National Centre for Sports and Exercise Medicine (NCSEM), Sheffield Hallam University’s Advanced Wellbeing Research Centre (AWRC) and Sheffield Olympic Legacy Park.

Mayor of the Sheffield City Region, Dan Jarvis, attended the briefing and welcomed the developments saying:

“It was great to showcase the concept of Sheffield Olympic Legacy Park to the House of Commons last week. As Mayor of the Sheffield City Region, I am proud to support this scheme now and into the future.

“Already, those at Sheffield Hallam University and their partners, including Sheffield City Region, have demonstrated an ambitious vision for the site. And we’re now seeing that vision become a reality. I’d like to thank colleagues for the outstanding leadership they have demonstrated in driving this project forward.

“Global opportunities for investment, research and innovation at Sheffield Olympic Legacy Park have the potential to very significantly contribute to economic growth, and transform quality of life, not just in our region, but across Yorkshire and the North, for generations to come.”

The House of Commons briefing was hosted by Sheffield Olympic Legacy Park and included representatives from Sheffield Teaching Hospitals, Sheffield Children’s Hospital, Sheffield Hallam University, Sheffield City Council, as well as private sector organisations investing in the projects.

Former Sports Minister and Project Lead for Sheffield Olympic Legacy Park, the Rt Hon Richard Caborn, and MP for Sheffield South East, Clive Betts, led the briefing.

Mr Caborn said: “We made a promise to deliver Olympic legacy through health, sport, the community and the economy. Nearly six years on from London 2012, and in the run up to the 70th birthday of the NHS, we’re proud to showcase the remarkable steps already taken and the exciting results already being achieved by the Sheffield City Region.

“Through all of these initiatives we are working together – the public sector, private companies, and the education sector – to ensure physical activity is put at the heart of the NHS and to support the Government’s strategy of prevention rather than cure.

“Our region and our legacy projects are exemplar in showing how partnership working can achieve results.”

MPs, Civil Servants and business leaders were briefed on Olympic legacy in action in the region including:

  • The National Centre for Sports and Exercise Medicine (NCSEM) Sheffield is one of three network partners that comprise the London 2012 Olympic Legacy programme.
  • It is enabling significant improvements in the delivery of NHS care, with the co-location NHS services and delivery of 80,000 appointments a year from hospitals to clinics based in leisure centres – Graves Leisure Centre, Thorncliffe and Concord Sports Centre.
  • The NCSEM has seen 20,000 individuals engage in public health behaviour change programmes embedding physical activity in schools, the workplace and communities.
  • Building work has begun on Sheffield Hallam University’s Advanced Wellbeing Research Centre (AWRC) which will act as the research hub for the NCSEM. The AWRC is set to become the most advanced research and development centre for health and physical activity in the world, creating ‘innovations to improve health’ with a focus on those that help people move.
  • The AWRC will be at the heart of the Sheffield Olympic Legacy Park, which replaced the 35-acre site of the former Don Valley Stadium – the training ground for Jessica Ennis-Hill – 2012 Olympic Heptathlon Champion.
  • Sheffield Olympic Legacy Park so far comprises the Oasis Academy Don Valley school, UTC Sheffield Olympic Legacy Park, a Community Stadium which is home to the Sheffield Eagles and is to be used by Sheffield United Ladies Football Club, green areas, run routes, cycle paths and outdoor community facilities. The site brings together elite athletes, professional sports, education, new skills and applied research into health and wellbeing.

The next part of the development of the Sheffield Olympic Legacy Park provides further potential to deliver facilities that supports the Government’s prevention rather than cure agenda and will feature two new world-class research and innovation centres in healthcare – the Centre for Child Health Technology (CCHT) and the Orthopaedic and Rehabilitation Research and Innovation Centre (ORRIC) and private sector investment opportunities in excess of £150m.

Professor Sir Chris Husbands, Vice-Chancellor of Sheffield Hallam University, said:

“With an ageing UK population, and a greater focus on preventative medicine, the healthcare and medical technology sectors are emerging as strong growth areas in the region.

“The University is proud to lead the Health Innovation Park on the Sheffield Olympic Legacy Park site which will enable current and future partners to work closer together on priorities including incorporating research and innovation and acting as a lobby group for the future development of the site.

“With key sector issues arising from the challenges of food productivity, energy, nutrition and the caloric intake of food, this partnership presents a unique national opportunity for the City Region to address these challenges, resulting in new wealth creation and social wellbeing.”

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