Six-figure Sheffield leisure centre refurbishment praised by city health chiefs

Sheffield health chiefs have lauded the £500,000 refurbishment of a major city gym as the ‘start of something special’ following its official reopening.

The large-scale revamp at SIV’s Hillsborough Leisure Centre, on Beulah Road in the north west of the city, has brought a range of state-of-the-art health and fitness trends to the centre, which first opened in 1990.

New features include the installation of a £50,000 Queenax functional training space, as well as a Wattbike training zone, plate-loaded resistance machines, and a performance area including prowler track, box master and boxing bag.

Nicola Peck Tim Hicks Andrew SnellingThe gym at Hillsborough Leisure Centre was officially re-opened by Nicola Peck, 60. Nicola was rehabilitated to a stable condition through SIV’s GP Referral Scheme at Hillsborough Leisure Centre with the venue’s Exercise Referral Specialist, Lynn Hird, after suffering from heart failure and atrial fibrillation in 2018.

The investment comes as part of a long-term plan by Sheffield City Trust (SCT), the not-for-profit organisation which operates SIV, and Sheffield City Council to invest in and improve community health and leisure facilities across the city.

SCT was established in 1990 with the sole aim of improving the health and wellbeing of the people of Sheffield. The Trust has been Sheffield City Council’s preferred partner for 30 years, and the organisations work together to deliver affordable, high-quality sports facilities for thousands of people in and around the city.

Andrew Snelling, Chief Executive of SCT, said: “We’re working closely with Sheffield City Council to develop a long-term plan for venues which have provided affordable, high-quality leisure facilities for the people of Sheffield and the surrounding areas for 30 years.

“After a long period of central government austerity, we recognise that investment and improvements to venues which were first opened in 1990 are absolutely paramount to maintaining Sheffield City Trust facilities for the benefit of local communities, for the next 12 months and beyond.

“This refurbishment at Hillsborough Leisure Centre is part of a long-term commitment by Sheffield City Trust and Sheffield City Council to invest in the city’s facilities.”

David Grey MBE, Chairman of Sheffield City Trust, said: “Investment into Sheffield’s facilities, which is crucial in maintaining the health and wellbeing of the people of Sheffield, will continue for the next 15 years, as part of our developing strategy and wider vision for the Trust.

“We look forward to sharing our vision, together with Sheffield City Council, in the coming months and years. Personally, I can’t wait to see just how far we can take the city’s community health and leisure offering.”

Councillor Mary Lea, Sheffield City Council’s Cabinet Member for Culture Parks and Leisure, said: “This investment in Hillsborough Leisure Centre demonstrates Sheffield City Trust’s commitment to improving its facilities and to working with us in our plans to transform Sheffield’s leisure offer across the city.

“We are pleased to see the re-opening of the newly refurbished gym, which now has state-of-the-art equipment that will benefit the health of thousands of people in Sheffield.

“We look forward to developing further plans with the Trust to make sure that everyone can access to top quality facilities wherever they live in the city.”

Speaking for fellow councillors, local councillor Bob Johnson also welcomed the investment on behalf of local people.

For more information on Hillsborough Leisure Centre, click here.