The Prime Minister is being invited by the former Sports Minister Richard Caborn to fulfil a promise they both made to deliver the Legacy of the 2012 London Olympics to all parts of the UK.
In a private letter to Boris Johnson, Mr Caborn reminded him that when Mr Johnson was Mayor of London and Mr Caborn was Minister of Sport they both, through the bidding and delivery of the Olympics, made the promise to deliver the Games Legacy to the Regions and Nations
Mr Caborn went on in the letter to remind the PM that they both agreed that one of the real marks of success flowing from the 2012 Olympics would be a lasting Legacy for all parts of the Nation and that is why he was seeking his support now to build a National Child Centre for Health Technology (CCHT) on the Sheffield Olympic Legacy Park.
The £25m Sheffield Children’s Hospital inspired Centre – located at the impressive Sheffield Olympic Legacy Park –will address seven national child health priorities – obesity, mental health, prevention, long-term conditions, disability, cancer, and maternal and child health.
Mr Caborn said: “We are proud here in South Yorkshire that Sheffield Olympic Legacy Park is not only a successful development but is delivering the legacy we promised.
“It is the world’s only Olympic legacy park outside a host city – a unique development creating a better future for all through transformational health and wellbeing research, innovation and education.
“We are now in a position to be a catalyst to provide a long-overdue national centre to accelerate and develop child health technology.”
The centre will produce £120m of annual savings to the NHS; £50m of leveraged funding from private sector research partners and generate £30m of research funding as well as acting as a further catalyst for £2.13bn of net gross value added to the region and £200m in private sector investment in new assets.
At Sheffield Olympic Legacy Park, the Centre will be part of an emerging world-class cluster of institutions focused on improving health and wellbeing of the population, including the Advanced Wellbeing Research Centre (AWRC) and the National Centre for Sport and Exercise Medicine (NCSEM),
Mr Caborn also reminded the PM that not only would this investment deliver the 2012 Olympic Legacy but would also play a key role in helping drive forward his “levelling-up” agenda to drive lasting change in parts of the country outside of London and the south.
If the investment is agreed early in 2021 the CCHT could be opening its doors in late 2022 which would be a fitting tribute in the 10th anniversary year of the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympic Games
Sheffield MPs Clive Betts (Labour, Sheffield South East) and Miriam Cates (Conservative, Penistone and Stocksbridge) alongside Sheffield City Region LEP Mayor Dan Jarvis are supportive of the Centre, which has garnered considerable interest from Innovate UK, the Catapult Network and government health officials.