Five fitness and leisure venues available to hire

Indulged a little too much over Easter? Fear not, an event at one of the following venues is sure to encourage event profs and their guests to get active.

The English Institute of Sport Sheffield can accomodate up to 1,000 guests (
The English Institute of Sport Sheffield can accomodate up to 1,000 guests (

English Institute of Sport (EIS) Sheffield 

The £24 million centre features an indoor athletics arena, sports hall and boxing hall, as well as six options for event hire. 

The 1,000-person venue includes three seminar rooms with a maximum capacity of 100, an Athlete’s Lounge that can accommodate 30 guests, and a 130-person capacity multi-purpose hall. Additionally, corporate guests are granted access to the building’s gymnasium before and/or after their event.

Where: Coleridge Road, Sheffield, South Yorkshire S9 5DA

Contact: 0114 2235 600

Copper Box Arena

Sporting and entertainment events, as well as conferences and exhbitions have been held at the Copper Box Arena, which is situated within east London's Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

The space is designed for large-scale events, and can host up to 7,500 people. It can also be configured to host live sporting events, from one-off matches to ongoing tournaments. The venue comes equipped with a sound system, production and rigging systems, office space, wi-fi and changing areas.

Where: Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, E20 3HB

Contact: 020 8221 4900


Crystal Palace National Sports Centre

Over £20 million has recently been invested in developing the centre, which now provides conference rooms and business suites alongside its sports offering, which includes facilities such as a 50-metre swimming pool, indoor and outdor football pitches and an outdoor beach.

Event organisers are able choose from an athletics stadium, which can accommodate up to 15,500 people, and the Lower Conference Room, which can be hired for events comprising 100 people. Its Paxton Suite has a 50-person capacity.

Where: Ledrington Road, SE19 2BB

Contact: (020) 7221 4804

Hermitage and Hood Park Leisure Centres

The centres, which have delivered local, regional, national and international events over the last 20 years, comprise two key event spaces.

Hermitage Main Hall can accommodate up to 800 people for seated events, and comes equipped with a public address system, staging and moveable lighting truss, meanwhile Hood Park Hall is suitable for events comprising 400 guests, and features include a raised viewing area and bar.

Where: Hermitage Leisure Centre Silver, Street, Whitwick, Coalville, LE67 5EU and Hood Park Leisure Centre North Street, Ashby de la Zouch, LE65 1HU

Contact: 01530 811240

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