Kell Brook set to defend welterweight title

Kell Brook is set to defend his IBF Welterweight world title against undefeated American boxer Errol Spence, with the fight set to take place in Sheffield at Bramall Lane on 27 May. Brook’s last fight was against middleweight Gennady Golovkin where he lost in the fifth round after moving up two divisions. Spence turned professional after losing in the quarter finals in the London Olympics 2012. Azz Mohammed reports for Sheffield Live!

Snooker academy helping children with physical and learning disabilities

A groundbreaking Sheffield social enterprise is providing snooker coaching and competitions for young people with physical and learning disabilities. The Stephen Harrison Snooker Academy was set up by founder Stephen Harrison, in memory of his father Ray Harrison who was the 1985 Paraplegic World Snooker Champion, winning a gold medal. The Academy has shown that snooker can help children with numeracy and literacy including using specialised snooker balls with numbers and letters printed on them as a new interactive method of learning.  Ut can also help with concentration, dexterity and hand/eye coordination. The Academy will be staging the National Junior Disability Snooker Championship on 23 April 2017 at the Green Room Snooker Centre, High Green. Sheffield Live! reporter Simon Thake spoke to Academy founder Stephen Harrison and some of the players.

Top student athletes compete at BUCS Nationals 2017

The British Universities & Colleges Sport Nationals (BUCS) brought over 6000 student athletes to Sheffield for three action-packed days at venues across the city. Now in its fifth year, the BUCS Nationals 2017 include indoor athletics, badminton, swimming, karate, fencing, shooting, judo, trampolining and climbing. Previous BUCS competitors have included local Team GB stars Max Lichfield and Bryony Page. Simon Thake reports for Sheffield Live!

Top British athletes compete in Sheffield at Indoor Team Trials

Britain’s leading athletes are competing this weekend for a place on the British Athletics team as Sheffield hosts the Indoor Team Trials at the English Institute of Sport. Winners at the trials will be crowned British Champion and will be in the running for a place on the British team for the European Indoor Championships, to be held in Belgrade in March.The English Institute for Sport in Sheffield has become the home of the national Indoor Team Trials and the best of Sheffield and Rotherham athletes will be among those competing at the event. Simon Thake reports for Sheffield Live!

Celebrating Sheffield sporting success with a cuppa

A new not-for-profit café has opened on Chapel Walk. Nothing unusual about that but this café focuses on celebrating the diverse range of Sheffield sports and sporting clubs and exploring their history and heritage. Sporting Sheffield stocks products from Goalsoul, a local company with a huge range of football-inspired art and apparel. There is also merchandise from Sheffield Football Club and Hallam Football Club, as well as other sports products and artefacts. Simon Thake reports for Sheffield Live!

Marathon runner honoured with British Citizen Award

Ray Matthews of Rotherham, aged 75, has been honoured with the British Citizens Award for his exceptional contribution to the community after a series of fundraising marathons.  Matthews began the challenge in July last year to run 75 marathons in 75 days, and to raise  £75,000 to pay for a soft playground and specialist equipment for Newman School, a special needs school in Rotherham. Baillor Jalloh reports for Sheffield Live!

Winners announced at Sheffield’s international junior squash tournament

Denis Gilevskiy, the first Irish finalist since 1920, was among the winners at the British Junior Open Squash Championship held in Sheffield this week. The competition is one of the most prestigious events in the junior squash calendar with the best young players from around the world battling it out for the coveted titles. Held annually in Sheffield across three venues the championship attracts more than four hundred competitors representing over thirty nations. The titles include eight age categories from under 13s to under 19s for both boys and girls. Sheffield Live! reporter Sham Powell spoke to under 13s boys championship winner, Denis Gilevskiy.

Arise our Jess!

Olympic champion Jessica Ennis-Hill has been made a dame in the New Year Honours list. The thirty year old heptathlete received the award for her services to athletics. Dame Jessica, who won gold at London 2012 Olympics and silver four years later in the Rio Olympics announced her retirement from the sport in October. In her brilliant career she has been a three-time world champion three times, as well as European champion and Commonwealth champion. Sheffield Live! reporter Simon Thake takes a look back at her golden career.

Paralympics rowing champion, Grace Clough, honoured as ‘Sheffield Legend’

Rio gold medal winner Grace Clough is the 20th person to receive a Sheffield Legends star on the Walk of Fame pavement outside the Town Hall. Grace, age 25, is a former High Storrs pupil and won Paralympic gold in the mixed coxed fours rowing competition. Born with a condition called Erb’s Palsy, where nerves in the shoulder are damaged during birth, Grace only took up rowing in 2013 after attending an event to promote disability sport at the English Institute of Sport. Baillor Jalloh reports for Sheffield Live!