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ANGER AS SHEFFIELD LOSES TO LONDON OVER SPORTS INSTITUTE HQ

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Sheffield has lost out on a flagship national project which was at the heart of its regeneration plans. ...
Sheffield has lost out on a flagship national project which was at the heart of its regeneration plans.

The Yorkshire Post reports (p3) the headquarters of the UK Sports Institute will now be sited in London even though the government promised it to Sheffield in 1997.

Sheffield City Council leader Peter Moore said the decision was 'a slap in the face for the city, Yorkshire and the North of England in general.'

He also said: 'This is yet another example of the 'London factor' weighing against the north. I'm personally sick and tired of everything going to London and nothing coming north.

'It's about time this government stopped pumping money and resources into the south east and looked to the north. Sheffield has done everything it could, both under Labour and ourselves, and this really is a slap in the face for all those efforts.'

A£60m lottery-funded development of superior swimming facilities will also not be based in Sheffield. Instead it will get£22m for atheltic training facilities, a national netball centre, a national table tennis centre and a judo centre.

Chris Smith said the concept of a national sports institute had changed after sports people said they wanted regional facilities rather than an 'all-singing, all-dancing' headquarters.

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