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SBD Global/March 13, 2013/Facilities
Details In Sheffield's Don Valley Stadium Development Plan Unveiled, Seen As 'Positive'
Published March 13, 2013
MAKING IT SUSTAINABLE: The BBC reported Caborn said the development had "already received funding to go to the feasibility stage." Sheffield City Council leader, Labour councillor Julie Dore, said that "no council funding would be available for the project." Dore: "We are determined to find a solution for Sheffield and this is an opportunity to do that but it needs to be sustainable long term. Sheffield Eagles CEO Mark Aston said, "It's only a dream, it's not reality at this moment in time but it's moving forward I guess." Team GB Gold Medalist Jessica Ennis said the closure of Don Valley was a "huge shame," but pledged her support to the plans for Woodbourn Road (BBC, 3/12).
TRACK REVAMP 'POSITIVE': In London, Russell Jenkins reported Ennis' coach, Toni Minichiello, has hailed a multi-million pound development of an old warm-up athletics track in Sheffield as a “superb” training venue. Minichiello, who had greeted news of the prospective closure with dismay, described the plans to revamp a track originally built as a warm-up facility for the 1991 World Student Games as “incredibly positive.” It is the kind of facility that Ennis "could continue to use as her training base." Minichiello said, "I was looking for alternatives when Don Valley closes in September. Now I have been presented with a superb one" (LONDON TIMES, 3/12).