Icesheffield hosted the first ever International Skating Union Grand Prix in the UK at the weekend to put Sheffield sport on the map and boost the local economy.

Spectators came from across the globe to watch the prestigious ice-skating event, which was relocated from China at the last minute due to COVID.

Lilah Fear and partner Lewis Gibbson took silver for Great Britain, who were beaten to first place by the Italian team.

At the same time the city hosted several Wheelchair Rugby League World Cup games at the English institute of Sport Sheffield, including England’s semi-final victory over Wales.

Andrew Snelling, Sheffield City Trust Chief Executive, said: “Sheffield is well known for its sporting history and inclusive events and our staff are experts at putting on large scale events such as these which are also fantastic for the city and generate millions for our local economy.

“My hope for the future is that these events continue long after the trust is no longer here to support them.”

The ISU Grand Prix saw over 4,000 spectators some to Sheffield over 4 days, whilst the Wheelchair Rugby saw over 4,800 people attend.

Both were record audiences for their respective events.

Robin Cousins, President of British Ice Skating, added: “The ISU were very grateful we could step in to host at such short notice and its testament to our staff, board and volunteers who went above and beyond to help make this such a success.

“One thing that must be acknowledged was the incredible audiences.

“IceSheffield may be smaller than other venues but its intimacy created an atmosphere that did not go unnoticed by the skaters, who were very vocal about the warmth and support they felt whilst on the ice.“