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Sheffield United create Olympic Legacy

Sheffield United have announced that they are to rename the Bramall Lane Stand the Jessica Ennis Stand in honour of the gold medal winner.

"It's wonderful and totally unexpected to have further recognition from within Sheffield and from the football club," said Jessica Ennis.

"I never expected when I started out in athletics in Sheffield all those years ago that I would have a football stand at Sheffield United named after me."

Sheffield-born Ennis was unable to attend the unveiling of the stand's new name before the League One match against Bournemouth at the weekend.

"I can't be at the match on Saturday but look forward to coming down on a match day very soon when I can see for myself how the stand looks as well as being able to meet supporters," she said.

Club owner Kevin McCabe explained that the club made the gesture to make sure that the golden girl's legacy lived on.

"It is an appropriate and fitting tribute to rename our Bramall Lane double-tier stand after one of the finest athletes this country has ever produced," said McCabe.

"Jessica and her family are Unitedites and after discussions with them we all agreed that renaming the Bramall Lane stand after her would provide an additional sporting legacy from the London Games, a permanent reminder that will hopefully act as an inspiration to other youngsters to come forward and achieve their dreams through sport.

"I have been fortunate enough to meet Jessica and her family. They are wonderful ambassadors for this city and sport. I am delighted Sheffield United and our fans can support and recognise Jessica through the renaming of the stand."

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