A COMMUNITY trust which saved a closure threatened leisure centre is to stage a relaunch event this weekend.
Wakefield Council closed down the swimming pool at Lightwaves Leisure centre on Marsh Way, near the city centre, last autumn.
It was axed after the local authority built a new pool on Sun Lane in the city centre.
Council chiefs transferred the Lightwaves building to the Lightwaves Community Trust in a bid to maintain the indoor sports hall, activity and multi-function rooms, boxing club and former squash court.
The Lightwaves Community Trust, which has won registered charity status, is to relaunch the Lightwaves centre this Saturday.
The trust is a partnership between user groups, local residents, Next Generation and Wakefield College.
Trust chairman Mohammed Ayub said “The New Lightwaves is about working together with users from the whole of Wakefield and residents from College Grove and Pinderfields to build a thriving, community-run centre.”
Centre Manager Alan Bell, said: “These are exciting times for the new Lightwaves. We are already attracting a range of new sports clubs and community groups.
“And we have some exciting events lined up for the coming year.
“The launch will give people old and young a flavour of what Lightwaves is all about.
“This day is about having fun and celebrating the community taking control of a facility which is already creating champions such as Sam Clark, who recently won the ABA National Schoolboys boxing championship.”
The re-launch event will run from 1pm to 6pm on Saturday. It will include fitness sessions, martial arts demonstrations and a performance from the Faceless Theatre Company.