Olympic legend to unveil plans for city sports centre


Staff reporter

OLYMPIC legend Sir Steve Redgrave is coming to Chester when he will unveil exciting plans in his bid to bring the proposed world class Redgrave Sports Science Institute to the city.

The sporting hero will arrive in the city on Monday when he will officially launch the new Redgrave Institute offices in Mollington, which the sporting star aims to use as a base for the creation of his new institute subject to planning consent for the proposed student village.

Details of the additions to the planned Redgrave Institute are being kept tightly under wraps but it is believed the plans will further add to Sir Steve’s vision of putting Chester on the map as a centre for sporting excellence and Olympic training.

Sir Redgrave and his team will deliver a presentation to the media which will explain all about the World Class facility that he hopes will inspire a sporting generation and could see future Olympians training at the site.

Both the council and the University of Chester have thrown their weight behind such a facility being created in Chester stating that the concept would greatly enhance local sporting aspirations.

Cheshire West and Chester Council (CWaC) chief executive Steve Robinson said: “We have made it clear from the outset that the council fully supports the proposal to establish this top class sports facility within the Cheshire West and Chester area.

University of Chester vice-chancellor, Professor Tim Wheeler, said: “The notion of the Redgrave Sports Science Institute is entirely fitting for a city such as Chester with a strong rowing heritage and with the River Dee so central to its geography.

“Together with the council and the Redgrave Institute, the university is discussing a number of locations to identify the ideal site to co-locate all the proposed facilities for the Institute.”

The ambitious project is a world first and Chester is the location chosen by Sir Steve for the eponymously named Institute.

Meanwhile planning chiefs are expected to meet in November to discuss plans for the 2,500 student hub, submitted by Bell Developments Ltd, on greenbelt land dividing Blacon and Mollington.

See full story in the Chester Leader

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