SPORTS clubs are celebrating after Lightwaves was saved from closure this week.
Next Generation Youth and Community Project will take over the running of the Marsh Way leisure centre, which Wakefield Council said last year it could no longer afford to run.
The pool area will be closed when the new Sun Lane pool opens this summer.
Next Generation have been given two years to transform Lightwaves’ pool area into an extreme sports arena.
John Hall, of the White Rose Boxing Club, said the decision was a massive relief to the 64-year-old club.
He said: “We’re delighted. We have been moved about enough times over the years, and if we had been kicked out of Lightwaves I don’t know what we would have done.
“The fine details haven’t been sorted yet, but at least we have a permanent home. It is fantastic news.”
Next Generation project manager Mohammed Ayub said: “Many people have supported the campaign to save Lightwaves and we are very pleased that we have been given the opportunity to take it on as a community-run facility.
“Following the decision we have received many offers of support and we feel positive about the future.”
At a cabinet meeting on Tuesday when the decision was made, council leader Coun Peter Box said: “Next Generation are the kind of people who will make sure this succeeds.
“We wish them all the best.”
If Next Generation fails to complete their transformation of the pool area, the 25-year lease transfer will be cancelled and the council will sell the building.