Sheffield’s Celebration of Sport is back, with a 2018 celebration promises to be even bigger and even better than before.
The second staging of this exciting event will take place on Thursday 4 October at Sheffield Olympic Legacy Park in the prestigious English Institute of Sport Sheffield (EISS) – past and present training ground of famous sporting names such as Dame Jessica Ennis-Hill and Anthony Joshua, home of GB Boxing and GB Para Table Tennis and hundreds of emerging sports stars of the future.
The EISS Indoor Athletics Arena will be transformed to provide the stunning setting for the glittering gala dinner, supported once again by headline sponsor Meadowhall, in conjunction with joint owner British Land and hosted again by BBC Look North’s Tanya Arnold.
First held two years ago, the event attracted more than 600 guests, including many Olympians and Paralympians fresh from their success at the 2016 Games in Rio.
This year stars will include athletes from the recent Gold Coast Commonwealth Games and PyeongChang Winter Olympics, as well as many other famous faces from Sheffield’s sporting scene who will be announced over the coming weeks.
Richard Caborn, former Minister for Sport and now Project Lead for Sheffield Olympic Legacy Park, said: “This event mirrors what Sheffield Olympic Legacy Park is all about, a unique development bringing together elite, professional and grassroots sport.
“In what promises to be another incredible night in spectacular surroundings, we will be honouring those who have achieved sporting success in 2018.
“So far this year we’ve seen Sheffield made and trained sports stars shine in the Winter Olympics and the Commonwealth Games, and witnessed the likes of golfer Matt Fitzpatrick, cricketer Joe Root and boxer Anthony Joshua deliver on the international stage.
“We will also be celebrating the sportsmen and women who have achieved sporting success at grassroots level and the area’s up and coming youngsters.
“Sheffield is a city of ordinary people doing extraordinary things.”
Meadowhall Centre Manager Darren Pearce said: “This is one of the highlights of the sporting calendar in Sheffield, celebrating sporting individuals who have been made and trained in the region.
“Meadowhall in association with British Land is delighted to be supporting this event for the second time showcasing everything that is good about sport.”
Tables and tickets can be reserved online at www.sheffieldcelebrationofsport.co.uk or by calling 0114 261 9604.
A limited number of VIP packages are available which include an exclusive champagne reception with sporting celebrities, a three course meal, wine and coffee for 10 guests in the company of a sports star, and a half page advert in the souvenir programme. Please book early to avoid disappointment.
Standard tables include a sparkling drinks reception and a three course meal with coffee for 10 guests. Individual standard tickets can also be purchased.
The evening will include an auction, awards ceremony and a high energy sporting display showcasing Sheffield talent.
Details of the awards categories and nomination process will be announced later this month.
Two local charities will benefit from funds raised by the event – Sheffield Children’s Hospital, one of only four dedicated children’s hospitals in the UK, and Yorkshire Sport Foundation, a County Sports Partnership which supports organisations in South and West Yorkshire.
For more information on Sheffield Olympic Legacy Park please visit www.olympiclegacypark.co.uk