Let there be light - a new wave of life for centre

Lightwaves re-launch events.'Wakefield Tomiki Aikido Club hold a display.'w311c314
Lightwaves re-launch events.'Wakefield Tomiki Aikido Club hold a display.'w311c314

Sports clubs showed off their best skills during the official relaunch of Lightwaves Leisure and Community Centre.

The Marsh Way sports complex is under new ownership after being transferred from Wakefield Council.

Lightwaves re-launch events.'Entertainment from giant snails.'w311b314

Lightwaves re-launch events.'Entertainment from giant snails.'w311b314

Since November last year it has been run by Lightwaves Community Trust - made up of community groups, users, Next Generation, Coun Olivia Rowley and Pinders Primary School.

The swimming pool has closed and moved to the new Sun Lane centre, but the hall is continuing to be used by sports clubs.

And the trust wants to create a venue for extreme sports, including a skate park.

On Saturday a family fun day was held at the centre to mark its official re-opening.

Lightwaves re-launch events.'Mo Loveland officially opens the event.'w311a314

Lightwaves re-launch events.'Mo Loveland officially opens the event.'w311a314

Trust managing director Mohammed Ayub said: “We wanted to get the whole community together and show that the centre is still open.

“There is a big perception that Lightwaves is closed. We are still open and there is loads going on.

“This has been home to a lot of groups and clubs for a long time and we want more people to use it to make sure it is a sustainable project.

“We are not just a normal club, we are a facility which is a hub not just for sport, but for the community.”

To mark the new phase at the centre, a plaque was unveiled by local community activist Mo Loveland.

She was joined by young sports champions who demonstrated their skills in martial arts and roller derby.

Arts demonstrations were also on show by The Faceless Company.

For more details about the centre and to support the trust visit www.lightwaves.org.uk