HUDDERSFIELD'S professional football and rugby league clubs have teamed up to launch a state-of-the-art community sports and leisure centre.
Huddersfield Town and Huddersfield Giants are behind plans to build a groundbreaking facility in Verbrook House, close to the Galpharm Stadium.
It will include:
* two cutting edge six-a-side football pitches
* a children's gym kitted out with the latest health and fitness equipment
* a play centre complete with facilities for disabled children
* a cafe bar
* dance studios
* and a suite with 16 computers.
Paul France, community manager for Town, said: "It's fantastic.
"I have been in my current job for the last 12 years and this is the most exciting project we have been involved in.
"It has been in development for the last 12 months and we are closing in on the final stages.
"Hopefully work will start by the end of May to make it a reality.
"It's incredibly exciting both for the two clubs and the community at large."
The clubs have set up a new charity, the Sporting Pride Community Trust, to bolster links with the community and drive the project forward.
Planning permission for the centre is already in place, but the contract to build it is currently out for tender.
The overall project cost is expected to be finalised in the next few days.
Subject to work starting in May, the centre is expected to open in September, coinciding with the start of the academic year.
Mr France said the children's gym was a first for professional sports clubs.
He said: "We will be the first clubs nationally to specifically address the issue of childhood health and fitness and childhood obesity.
"Children can be intimidated going to regular gyms alongside adults.
"We want the children of Huddersfield to grow up with an allegiance to their home town teams, so we want to involve them at an early age."
The centre has yet to be given a name. To put forward suggestions email firstname.lastname@example.org