A national investment programme to improve grassroots tennis facilities has been launched in Sheffield, one of the first cities to benefit. The programme, backed by the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) will assist to revamp courts, improve training facilities and make the sport more accessible. Baillor Jalloh reports for Sheffield Live!
Community parks and play facilities are set to benefit from £1.5m funding by Sheffield City Council over the next three years. A recent parliamentary inquiry highlighted a countrywide crisis in community parks, with declining facilities and under-investment. The majority of the funding will come from the city’s public health budget, with a focus on reducing gaps in health-related deprivation across the city. It is also expected to lead to the creation of new jobs. Sheffield Live! reporter Baillor Jalloh spoke to councillor Mary Lea, cabinet member for culture, parks and leisure.
Sheffield and its South Yorkshire neighbours have received a £7.5 million boost to improve cycling and walking facilities across the area. Sheffield City Region successfully bid for the slice of a £64 million government funding package to get more people saddling up or travelling by foot. The money will be distributed between Sheffield, Doncaster, Barnsley and Rotherham, with the exact split yet to be decided. In Sheffield, the Council have said the cash would support more than 20 cycle projects over the next three years, including schemes to provide cycling training, bike hire and secure parking for cyclists. Simon Thake reports for Sheffield Live!
Sheffield mums at voluntary organisation, Little Sheffield, have launched a brand new interactive map of early years classes and facilities across the city. The aim of the interactive map is to put families in touch with local organisations that offer activities for under fives. The map allows parents to search for types of activity and times of opening. Baillor Jalloh reports for Sheffield Live!
Hundreds gathered at Richmond Park over the weekend for the Richmond Park Fair. This comes after development work over recent years, to improve the parks facilities and provide somewhere safe for the public to have fun. Friends of Richmond Park, and other volunteers have been working on the project for around six years. It now has a new playground, climbing wall and bike track. Kathryn Smiles went along and spoke to Chairman of Friends of Richmond Park, Jonathan Morris, about the fair and the recent developments.