City swimming venue unveils HD scoreboard

13th April 2016

Sheffield's world-class aquatics venue Ponds Forge International Sports Centre has unveiled a state-of-the-art, HD scoreboard.

The new Swiss Timing Daktronics scoreboard has been installed in the Olympic-sized swimming pool as part of a £230,000 investment by operator SIV ahead of the start of the regional and national competitions season. The 35m2 board, which is environmentally friendly to run, will have a video playback facility for use at major aquatics events. It will replace the existing board that was fitted in 2004. It comes as SIV Events has announced one of the busiest events programmes on record at Ponds Forge for 2016/17. Stars such as Olympic medallist Tom Daley and Sheffield-born Ponds Forge diver Freddie Woodward are set to compete in Sheffield when Team GB's Rio 2016 diving trials come to the city this summer. The 2016 British Diving Championships will take place from 10 to 12 June. Other highlights include the ASA National Age Group Diving event from 8 to 12 July, the ASA National Summer Championships from 1 to 5 August and the National School Games swimming event from 2 to 3 September. It means in this Olympic year, Ponds Forge will be hosting a local, regional or national level aquatics event almost every weekend. SIV is part of the Sheffield City Trust (SCT) Group whose primary charitable objective is to improve the health and wellbeing of Sheffield people by providing facilities for sport and leisure activities. Steve Brailey MBE, chief executive of SIV, said: -In an Olympic year, with the focus on legacy following London 2012, we're extremely proud to announce this high-profile aquatics events programme, which will have a huge impact on Sheffield's economy. -Hosting these local, regional and national competitions demonstrates both the quality and versatility of Ponds Forge and confirms the venue's reputation as one of the county's leading aquatics facilities. -The scoreboard upgrade is part of our continual investment in facilities and means the ever-increasing number of aquatics events at Ponds Forge will now have access to a world-class scoring solution and video play back facility. Ponds Forge has an Olympic-sized 50m competition pool with seating for 2,600 spectators and a 25m diving pool, which is the deepest in the UK. The venue attracts around one million visitors a year. For more information visit www.sivltd.com.

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