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Sporting organisations team up for new partnership

7 April 2016

Two of Sheffield's biggest sporting names have teamed up for a new partnership.

Sheffield United have joined forces with SIV in an agreement which will see the Blades first team squad use the sport and fitness facilities at venues including The English Institute of Sport Sheffield (EIS Sheffield) and Ponds Forge International Sports Centre.

EIS Sheffield is a world-class multi-sport venue with a 200m indoor running track and 130m straight, state-of-the-art gym and sports performances areas.

It is home to elite athletes and professional sports teams including the GB Boxing squad, Sheffield Sharks, Sheffield Steelers, UK Disability Table Tennis World Class Performance squad and Olympic champion Jessica Ennis-Hill.

Sheffield United players Billy Sharp, Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Che Adams, George Long and Florent Cuvelier tested the facilities during a tour of EIS Sheffield to officially launch the new partnership.

Lee McMahon, Sheffield United's first team strength and conditioning coach, said: "It's going to be fantastic for us to have access to such quality venues.

"There's so much diversity that they can offer the team - from recovery sessions to strength and conditioning sessions, and we look forward to working together with SIV."

Steve Brailey, chief executive of SIV, which operates EIS Sheffield, said: "The English Institute of Sport Sheffield is world-class facility. With the likes of Jessica Ennis-Hill and Nicola Adams training at the venue, United will be mixing with the elite of other sports.

"With a 200m track, state-of-the-art facilities, some of the best free-weight areas in the city and a great functional training area, there's something to test all parts of the body.

"It's such a unique venue - and probablyquite different to what the Sheffield United players are used to - which will make training enjoyable as well as hard work."

Paul Reeves, head of commercial at Sheffield United, added: "SIV are big sporting partners in the city of Sheffield. This request came in primarily from our first team coaching staff to enable them to have access to the very best performance development facilities and we are delighted that we have been able to deliver that for them."

SIV is part of the not-for-profit Sheffield City Trust (SCT) whose primary objective is to improve the health and wellbeingof Sheffield people by providing facilities for sport and leisure activities.

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