WORK has finally begun on a long-awaited £1.6m sports and community centre at Dalton.
The first sod was cut yesterday at the site of the Moldgreen Amateur Rugby League Club, on Ridgeway, whose clubhouse will be demolished and replaced.
The new building will be known as the Dram Centre, after the body that has inspired it - the Dalton, Rawthorpe and Moldgreen regeneration group.
The group, managed by regeneration agency Huddersfield Pride, uses Government money to carry out projects to improve life for Dalton, Rawthorpe and Moldgreen residents.
It was a historic moment for Dram, which has been struggling for seven years to find funding for the scheme.
Jill Sykes, chairwoman of Dram steering group and secretary of Moldgreen ARLC, said: "It started as a dream and became a nightmare - seven years of will it or won't it be built.
"But it's going to be wonderful. It will offer great opportunities for our youngsters to get ahead in many sports."
"With resources like this we can help people to develop their sporting skills."
The centre will have a clubhouse, indoor fitness suite, six changing rooms, a large function room, a large kitchen, a meeting room, a reception room and offices.
The function room will be used for parties, aerobics classes, education courses, children's activities and subsidised meals and entertainment for the elderly.
There will also be a large bar area and a creche for young children.
Outside, there will be first and second team rugby pitches, a junior pitch for rugby and football, a floodlit multi-use games area and 86 parking spaces.
Moldgreen ARLFC will pay to use the rugby pitches and football teams will also pay a fee.