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Jessica Ennis has no plans to leave Sheffield, according to Toni Minichiello

Last Updated: 07/01/13 5:45pm

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Jessica Ennis: Has no plans to leave Sheffield even if the Don Valley Stadium is demolished

Jessica Ennis: Has no plans to leave Sheffield even if the Don Valley Stadium is demolished

According to her coach Toni Minichiello, Jessica Ennis has no plans to leave Sheffield even if the city's Don Valley Stadium is demolished.

Olympic heptathlon champion Ennis divides her training between the outdoor Don Valley Stadium and the nearby indoor English Institute of Sport.

A council document says it could save £500,000 per year if the stadium closed, however, the council insist that is only one of hundreds of possible money-saving options.

Minichiello said: "We use Don Valley regularly on Sunday and Monday and it forms a substantial part of our training.

"It's shocking that they are talking about demolishing it and it would make things very difficult for us, but, like anything, you find a way. Jess will not leave Sheffield.

"The sad thing is it destroys any kind of legacy and no one else like Jess will be able to come through there."
Toni Minichiello

"The sad thing is it destroys any kind of legacy and no one else like Jess will be able to come through there."

Budget cuts

For javelin training under Mick Hill, Ennis already travels to Leeds, although that involves university facilities which may not always be available, while other options include Rotherham and Doncaster.

In 2013-14, Sheffield City Council faces making budget cuts of £50million, on top of £140million of cuts made in the last two years.

Cabinet member for finance and resources, Bryan Lodge, said: "These are extraordinarily difficult times and we have said that we will have to look at tough budget options because of the devastating Government cuts to public spending and local government.

"We have said all along that we have to consider all options and Don Valley Stadium is one of the bigger options on the table.

"I want to make it clear that no decisions have been made and when we are in a position to confirm our spending decisions we will do so."

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