Champagne corks will be popping at a Sheffield leisure centre tomorrow (Sun, Dec 1) when it is officially relaunched.
Stocksbridge Leisure Centre has been taken over by residents after Sheffield Council said it would have to close it to save the £400,000 annual subsidy it paid to former management company Sheffield International Venues, due to budget cuts.
However, Stocksbridge residents determined to keep the centre open fought back and have taken over the running of the facility, with some financial support from the council.
Boxer Glyn Rhodes is due to cut the ribbon at the facility tomorrow when there will be a host of activities and sports showcased between 1pm and 4pm.
There will also be a Christmas fair and a Santa’s grotto for the children.
Faye Howard, spokeswoman, said: “It’s very exciting. The champagne corks will definitely be popping and it’s going to be quite a celebration.
“We have had many highs and lows, but this has brought the community together.”
Glyn’s boxers – including up-and-coming star Sam Sheedy – will be staging a sparring display and there will be demonstrations of judo, taekwondo, table tennis, trampolining and squash.
A group of volunteers supported by Stocksbridge Town Council set up 4SLC – For Stocksbridge Leisure Centre – to save the facility. They have formed a not-for-profit company which has applied for charitable status.