The team at Champs Sports Bar in Sheffield is celebrating after being shortlisted as a national finalist in the Great British Pub Awards for the Second year running. Licensee Danny Grayson has been recognised as one of only five finalists in the Best Student Bar and Best Sports Bar categories and will go on to compete in the national awards which take place in London in October. Champs on Ecclesall Road opened in August 2012 following a joint £500,000 investment with Punch Taverns, which transformed the former Pomona into a cool and contemporary sports bar, With 31 large TV screens showing high profile sports all day every day, from Premiership football matches to horse racing and superbikes, Champs is a sports lover’s dream. The modern and welcoming interior, complete with a wide range of sporting memorabilia including a full-size motorbike (which proves very popular with our Student customers) gives it a real edge over other venues. Licensee Danny Grayson said: “I could see the potential with Champs and its History on Ecclesall road dating back to 1996, Champs Sports Bar taps into our fascination with sports and thanks to a creative approach and a focus on standards, we’ve created a winning concept. But, Champs is much more than that; it’s at the heart of our Student community, sponsoring Student football teams and creating a space where Students can come together and enjoy the match or just relax.” The sports interior is complemented with a strong food and drink offer, based on good quality and value for money. With a striking American grill theme, the menu includes favourites from American Ribs to Build A Burger and the Kamikaze Wing Challenge. All of the bar’s the food is from local suppliers and cooked fresh on the premises. Commenting on the recognition, Danny Grayson said: “The team have worked extremely hard to create this successful venue. It’s not just about the sports; it’s about the staff, all of whom are highly motivated and passionate about customer care and it’s about the customers – a winning combination in anyone’s book! Let’s hope we bring home the trophy.” Danny Grayson.