Community 21.04.16

Olympic Legacy Park welcomes HM Lord-Lieutenant of South Yorkshire

Mr Andrew Coombe, HM Lord-Lieutenant of South Yorkshire, took part in a VIP tour of the multi-million pound London 2012 legacy project, which is being constructed in the East End of Sheffield.
He was shown around the English Institute of Sport Sheffield and the Oasis Academy Don Valley – an all-through school for two to 16 year olds which opened on the OLP in 2015.
Mr Coombe watched as construction work progressed on the UTC Sheffield Olympic Legacy Park campus. From September, the £10 million facility will be home to 600 students aged 14 to 19 and will specialise in medical, sports sciences, and computing sectors.
He also heard about plans for the Park Community Arena, a new community pitch and the Advanced Wellbeing Research Centre, which will become the most advanced research and development centre for physical activity in the world.
Mr Coombe, said: “I have a keen interest in all aspects of life within the county and the Olympic Legacy Park is certainly an issue of local importance.
“It was fantastic to have the opportunity to visit the Olympic Legacy Park, find out more about this unique project and learn about the positive impact it will have on both the local community and the long-term health and wellbeing of the nation.”
David Hobson, project director for the Olympic Legacy Park, said: “It was a real honour to welcome HM Lord-Lieutenant of South Yorkshire, to the Olympic Legacy Park.
“To receive a visit from someone of his stature demonstrates the growing reputation of the Olympic Legacy Park as one of the most exciting and successful legacy projects from the London 2012 Olympic Games.
“The Olympic Legacy Park is one of the biggest projects of its kind in Europe and will breathe new life into this area of Sheffield, creating jobs and investment opportunities. It will become a world-class site for health and wellbeing research, and the park will be designed with public facilities for the local community to use for sport, leisure and recreation.”