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“Amazing but very disappointing!”

Ponds Forge International Sports Centre
Ranked #47 of 171 things to do in Sheffield
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Owner description: A world class venue at the heart of the community, Ponds Forge has fantastic facilities for sport, leisure and entertainment. Located in Sheffield City Centre, Ponds Forge attracts more than 1.3 million visitors a year, with an Olympic sized swimming pool, the deepest diving pool in the UK and the International Sports Hall, which is the largest and most flexible events space in the whole of Sheffield.The facilities include: - 50 Metre competition pool.- 25 Metre diving pool.- Leisure pool with a lazy river, 2 flumes, baby fun area and wave machine.- 130 piece Fitness Unlimited gym.- 3 Fully equipped fitness studios.- Steam room and spa.- Trampoline atrium.- foodetc. Café with a full range of meal and drink options.- International Sports Hall (10 courts).- Skyline Suite & VIP Bar – Large conferencing space.- 3 Meeting Rooms.
Reviewed January 17, 2013

Ponds forge swimming is amazing BUT the very little time we get in the pool is shocking :( i wouldn't be attending again until we get more time in the pool thanks

1  Thank clibt
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Reviewed December 30, 2012

We enjoyed the time, but was busy so didnt get that long, was warm. Amelia is used to the Hillsboro leisure centre but wanted to know what this is like. She loves that it whirls round and round.

Thank Tamasine23
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Reviewed November 18, 2012

they only people that would call this world class is its owners there are far better venues in this country let alone the world.

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Reviewed November 5, 2012

come here annually for the national masters swim event. The centre has much more than swimming (this review), such as a full gym and trampoline facilities, but the pool itself is reasonable for its age, There is very little or no natural light giving the impression of swimming in a cave, the a/c is ok pool-side but gets really oppressively warm in the viewing gallery. The water quality is excellent both by taste and also by visibility (you can see up to 25m). Changing rooms are clean and the showers are simple to use, but a little short on water volume.The cafeteria area is ok with plenty of seating, but can get backlogged for lunch and breakfast. The food is as to be expected from a council outsourced sports centre, franchised to the cheapest supplier, greasy, over cooked and dry, there are plenty of other, healthier and better food places within a short walk.

Thank monkeybreathLondon
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Reviewed October 24, 2012

Once again attended for swimming gala. Luckily this time I was on pool side but previous visits as a spectator have left me drained. My biggest criticism is the heat in the venue - it can't be healthy for either spectators or swimmers.

Overall the venue is clean and runs efficently. there is seating in the cafe area where you can relax as well as eat. The food is reasonable quality and priced well.

1  Thank SwiftNickLincs
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