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    Sporty Sheffield

    by suvanki Updated Mar 20, 2015

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    Sheffield has a wide variety of sporting opportunities for both participating and watching.
    Football- Home of the first football (soccer) club- Sheffield FC. Sandygate Road is the worlds oldest football ground!
    Sheffield United FC's home ground is at Bramall Lane, near the city centre , while their rivals Sheffield Wednesday's Home Ground is at Hillsborough

    At weekends through the season, you can find local teams of all ages (and abilities) playing in the parks and recreation grounds.
    For four years, Rotherham United FC have played in Sheffield at the Don Valley Stadium, when their ground at Millmoor was demolished, and while waiting for their new ground, The New York Stadium to be constructed.
    The New York Stadium is now open.

    Cricket - Local hero Michael Vaughan, has ensured a rise in popularity. One of the nicest places to watch a match in Sheffield is at Low Bradfield -a typical English village green pitch. Also, the pitch at Millhouses next to the Wheatsheaf pub.

    Boxing- Sheffield has Prince Naseem, Johnny Nelson, Herol 'Bomber' Graham and Brendon Ingle as it's famous boxing names.
    Brendon Ingle has put many of Sheffields youth 'on the right path' by introducing them to the disciplines of boxing and showing encouragement and compassion - a true Sheffield Hero!

    Athletics- Don Valley Stadium hosts international and local events. Kelly Holmes recently ran her last race here. Start and finish of the annual Race for Life (breast cancer charity run) and The Sheffield half Marathon (May). It was also the place that gold medal heptathlete and local lass, Jessica Ennis, started her illustrious career.
    Sadly, this stadium is due for demolition soon, due to cost of upkeep.
    UPDATE - Don Valley Stadium, sadly is no more - RIP!

    Don Valley Stadium, Sheffield
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    Ice Sheffield

    by iaint Written Feb 4, 2014

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    As you might expect, this is an ice rink. Two rinks, in fact. A multipurpose ice facility. I’ve only been there for ice hockey, so I can’t write about figure skating, curling or whatever.

    Sheffield has a successful junior development programme based at Ice Sheffield. A team in the English Premier League plays there - Sheffield Steeldogs. Mostly semi-pro players and mostly British, but a handful of “imports” too. The big team in town is the Steelers, and most of their games are at the big Motorpoint Arena across the field. They do play some games at Ice Sheffield, however.

    The main ice pad is great for games. Plenty comfortable seating with excellent sight lines. A bar (only £2.80 for a pint of Tetley’s) is right alongside.

    If I never go back I will have a great memory of the place - my son’s team (Edinburgh University) beat Sheffield University 6-5 in a game which could have gone either way. They got the winner with 20 seconds left...

    I may be back. The end of season national tournament is held there in April.

    Equipment: Warm clothing. It's a warm facility, but still.

    main ice pad approaching in dayight
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    Walks Around Sheffield - Shire Brook Valley

    by suvanki Written Feb 2, 2013

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    Located in South East Sheffield is this nature reserve and conservation area of over 100 hectares. It contains ancient woodlands and meadows, a brook and five ponds along with some industrial relics. There are brochures with suggested walks and things to see and do

    We started our walk near to the Alan Bailey visitors centre (pic 2) on Stone Lane, Woodhouse. Although the centre was closed, the outside of the building had some interesting features. This was originally the managers office of the Coisley Hill Sewage Works, which closed in the early 1990's.
    'Shire Brook Valley through the Ages' is depicted on plaques around the building dating from pre-historic times, commemorating the coal and rail industries that operated in the valley

    Notice boards gave information about the conservation work, maps and Things to See and Do.

    The hi-light of our walk was discovering the herd of Highland Cattle at Sally Clarkes Meadow, especially as there was a very cute calf (pic 3). Other items of interest were Rainbow Dam (pic 4), the old mine workings and railway line and the woodlands.

    Birley East Colliery operated here from 1888-1943 (pic 5) Apparently there are air raid shelters used by the miners, but are difficult to find.

    Equipment: There are easy to follow paths, but it can be muddy in parts, so sturdy waterproof footwear, layers and waterproof clothing.

    A drink and a snack

    I usually carry a plastic bag or box for foraging opportunities!

    Binoculars for spotting birds and other wildlife

    Highland cow, Sally Clarkes Meadow Alan Bailey Visitors Centre Highland calf Rainbow Dam Birley East Colliery commemorative stone
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    Sporty Sheffield 2

    by suvanki Updated Jul 29, 2012

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    Swimming- Ponds Forge hosts international swimming and diving competitions. Besides its Olympic size Pool, there is a leisure pool with slides, wave machine and river flume. Adult and child sections. Some hotels, leisure centres (Hilsborough and Concorde) and gyms have swimming, plus old fashioned baths such as Upperthorpe.

    Snooker- The Crucible Theatre is well known as the venue for the annual World Snooker championships. Around the city are some snooker halls with numerous tables. Pubs offer pool, a few have snooker tables.

    Rock climbing- Indoor centres offer climbing walls and bouldering- The Forge, and The Wall. Also the nearby Peak District for the real thing.

    Walking- inner city walks, such as The 5 Weirs. The Round Walk, Trans Pennine route, plus many more. Further afield are the peaks and valleys of the Peak District. Local walking groups- look in The Sheffield Star or Morning Telegraph for details.

    Skiing- Sheffield Ski Village offers dry slope skiing. - Though this keeps closing down, due to 'arson attacks'

    Ice Skating- The newly opened Ice Centre next to Don Valley Stadium, or Queens Road near(ish) the train station.

    Plenty of places to walk in Sheffield
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    Beautiful Down Town Bramall Lane-

    by suvanki Updated Apr 28, 2012

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    Bramall Lane is Home to Sheffield United Football Club, the team that I've followed since the early 70's, when they were promoted to the 1st division (before the Premier League was invented!) I had a season ticket for a few years, and saw many of the 70's legends such as George Best, Kevin Keegan etc, but my hero was Tony Currie! I was lucky that this was Uniteds 'Glory Days' - Their best post-war season being 1970/71, where they shook the First Division up, with 10 undefeated games - added to the end of their promotion run, a run of 22 without defeat!

    Yes, there were dodgy haircuts and perms, but it was a time before multi millionaire divas and their agents/entourages, Sponsorship deals and all seater stadiums etc. Part of the fun was being pushed around by the crowd on the Kop, when United scored!

    I remember watching Utd play, while a cricket match ran alongside!! The cricket pitch was replaced by the 'new' South Stand in 1975.

    Besides watching Utd, I've also seen one of my heroes play twice on this ground- Bruce Springsteen!!! On the Saturday, I got to the front row! people still talk about how they sat in their gardens, and could hear the concert- even as far away as Brinsworth- (near Rotherham town)! I went back the next day, but paid for a seat this time!

    My title 'Beautiful Down Town' etc etc reminds me of the 70's when the DJ at half time always used to refer to 'The Lane' as such, before playing 1 of his 3 records - Rose Garden by Lynne Anderson, Bridget The Midget, or The Streaker- I seem to remember these were the only records he ever played, Oooh I'm getting a flashback to those songs with the scent of meat pies and hot Bovril drink!!!

    Well Altogether now - to the tune of Annies Song, by John Denver (and Thanks to Wikipaedia)

    "You fill up my senses
    Like a gallon of Magnet
    Like a packet of Woodbines
    Like a good pinch of snuff
    Like a night out in Sheffield
    Like a greasy chip butty
    Like Sheffield United
    Come fill me again....
    Na Na Na Naa Naa Naaaaa, ooo!"


    "To a native of Yorkshire the words are probably self explanatory; the words celebrate the many pleasures that can be had in Sheffield, culminating in the target of the fan's adoration, in this instance, Sheffield United.

    Magnet refers to Magnet Bitter from John Smith's Brewery, widely available in Yorkshire. Some people claim that the second line is really Like a gallon of maggots. Maggots are obtained from fishing tackle outlets in denominations of imperial pints and hence this version would not be unreasonable, as fishing is popular in the region and hence a gallon of maggots would mean a good day out fishing.

    Woodbines refers nostalgically to a once popular brand of strong cigarette.
    Snuff is ground tobacco for sniffing up the nose. Snuff produced by Wilson's Snuff Mill is world famous, and produced only a mile away from Bramall Lane.

    A Greasy chip butty can be purchased in any of the many local fish and chip shops. Butty is a slang word for a sandwich, and a chip butty is simply a sandwich where the filling is chips, ideally greasy and sometimes sprinkled with salt and vinegar. Generally, a white sandwich bap will be used for the bread. In Sheffield, these are simply known as Breadcakes."

    Equipment: Hmmm, footie shirts, scarves etc can be purchased from the official souvenir shop, or local sports shops.

    If you're prepared to fork out a small fortune, you can attire yourself in the latest club shirt, t - shirts, fleeces, coats, scarves, headgear, badges, underwear etc- all in home and away colours!!

    If you're supporting the away team- well there's safety in numbers I suppose!

    Programmes are sold by vendors outside the ground, plus an array of souvenirs.

    How To Get To Bramall Lane

    Sheffield United Football Club! Bramall Lane, Sheffield Uniteds Home Ground
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    Sheffield Tigers ( Seedway )

    by Arm-Chair-Hero Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Excellent night out here I do like this and used to go and watch the Tigers as a child. It is speedway on strange looking motor bikes that do not have brakes.....what can I say....action action action
    Price is about 8-9 pounds and children go free.....meetings are usually held on a thursday night at around 730pm and last untill around 10 pm. There is always a good crowd of good natured people at these events and is a true family atmosphere.

    Equipment: Beleive it or not it is at the same place as the dog track...see Dog Racing or Casino for directions. You need warm clothing in the cold months. One thing to watch out for is if you stand close to the track the motor bikes can kick up a lot of grit that will hit you at head height....you have been warned.
    One friend of mine who hadn`t been before decided to take photos of the riders as they was racing...not a good idea when they are racing into a corner and see your flash light.

    Tigers
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    See the Blades

    by Getcarlos Written Apr 12, 2010

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    Sheffield has 2 professional football teams, Sheffield United the City Centre Club, nicknamed the Blades and Sheffield Wednesday from Hillsborough in the Notrh nicknamed the Owls. You are either one or the other and there is no love lost between them so chose wisley if you are going.

    I personally would reccomend a trip to Bramhall Lane just south of the city to see United, it has a lot of history and easilly accessable. Both grounds are a traditional football experience and cheaper than that of the Premier League

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    The Owls

    by DUNK67 Updated Sep 24, 2004

    Sheffield Wednesday play their home games at Hilsborough in the English First Division.

    Their nickname is The Owls because they originally came from a place called Owlerton.
    The Owls play in blue and white vertical striped shirts.

    Equipment: To watch the match the only equipment you really need is a good strong voice to sing your club`s songs and encourage the team and your eyes to actually watch the game, some people do take a pair of binoculars if they sit far from the pitch.
    Apart from the above the club s encourage you to buy their merchandise to enhance your matchday experience, you can buy virtually anything from hats and scarfs to the full blown replica kit, which generally is updated annually.

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    The Blades

    by DUNK67 Updated Sep 24, 2004

    Sheffield United Football Club.
    Uniteds nickname is The Blades which is to do with Sheffields steel industry.United play in the English First Division.

    Equipment: To watch the match the only equipment you really need is a good strong voice to sing your club`s songs and encourage the team and your eyes to actually watch the game, some people do take a pair of binoculars if they sit far from the pitch.
    Apart from the above the club s encourage you to buy their merchandise to enhance your matchday experience, you can buy virtually anything from hats and scarfs to the full blown replica kit, which generally is updated annually.

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    The Blades

    by Arm-Chair-Hero Updated Oct 7, 2003

    Sheffield United Football Club....the blades...situated at Brammall Lane....the better of the citys two teams...currently we are at the top spot of division one fighting for promotion to the premiership....we just missed out last year on promotion. Its a great atmosphere down at the lane and should not be missed, especially if you are foreign.
    I am especially proud of the shirt in the photo as it was a gift from one of my dearest friends. :O) thank you ;O)

    Equipment: Warm weather gear in autumn and winter, can get quite cold and drafty...a gallon of beer is also usefull ;O)

    The perfect shirt

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    Sheffield Steelers

    by Arm-Chair-Hero Updated Sep 14, 2003

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    Sheffield Steelers is an ice hockey team for this city. It is well worth a visit no matter what age you are....the game is very tough but does have a good family atmosphere to it. Tickets are reasonably priced too at around £10 pounds.
    Apologies about the photo...it was taken from a mobile phone....better than my effort of none ; )

    Equipment: No equipment needed other than to sneak a couple of drinks into the arena....drink prices are quite high there like most other sproting venues.

    view from a mobile phone camera

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    Sheffield Ski Village

    by Arm-Chair-Hero Updated Jun 21, 2003

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    Sheffield is one of the few citys in England that hosts a dry ski slope. It stands out in many parts of Sheffield as my city is quite hilly, you can see the big white slopes with black dots hurtling down them. There are several ski slopes, chair lifts and it caters for most kinds of skiing. There are begginer classes and is quite popular for children. There is a shop and a bar on site.
    Dont let the area put you off as you are going there....it is a true dump but once at the ski village it is quite nice.

    Equipment: This is taken from an information leaflet I picked up, not my words.

    What to wear:

    Slope users must keep arms, legs and hands covered. Loose trousers/tracksuit bottoms, sweatshirt and gloves are ideal. Remember to dress for the weather. We also advise long sports socks.

    So there you have it folks.

    When going there take your time, I found the signs not very good and I live here. Once you go under a very tight but high railway bridge you know you are on the right road.

    Dry ski slopes
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    Sheffield Wednesday Football Club

    by Arm-Chair-Hero Updated Jun 21, 2003

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    Goes through me having to put this on here but I am a fair guy.
    Sheffield Wednesday is one of the oldest teams in England. They have had bit of a bad season in 2002/3 and been relegated ; )
    I am sure they will bounce back and Sheffield will have two mighty teams again.
    One thing in Wednesdays favour is that the ground is quite nice and they do have quite a few loyal fans that have been with them in the worst of times.
    Wednesdays nickname is the owls....you can see the picture of an owl in my photo.
    Is it by chance that there is lots of rubbish in my photo?.....oh come on folks I mean the bins of course ; )

    Equipment: Warm clothes for winter matches....football grounds tend to be drafty.
    A sense of humour when watching the game.
    Forget the car on match days...use the tram or bus.

    The Owls
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    Dog Racing

    by Arm-Chair-Hero Updated Jun 21, 2003

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    Dog racing is quite a popular past time here and although I havent had the chance to go yet quite a few of my freinds go on a regular basis. Its a good night out where you can take your wives...not sure about kids....get a drink of beer, basic food and have a gamble as high or as low as you want.
    The events usually take place at night time.

    Equipment: Warm clothes if in winter, but there is an inside area near the bar.
    Loads of money ; )

    Dog Racing
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    World Embassy Snooker

    by irish147 Written Jan 25, 2005

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    Sheffield is the home to the world snooker. Its a sport that I have looked at LIVE on the BBC TV sports, but I went to Sheffield two years in a row.

    Equipment: your snooker cue

    Stephen Hendry
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