A FITNESS club off-loaded by its ailing parent company is set to be taken over by the trust which runs sports centres in Kirklees.

The Fitness First gym at Lockwood Park will be taken on by Kirklees Active Leisure (KAL) from next month.

KAL confirmed a deal had been agreed though contracts had yet to be signed.

Club members were being written to and a notice about the change of ownership had been put up in the centre.

Fitness First, the largest health club group in the world with 430 gyms and 1.2 million members, hit financial trouble earlier this year.

It announced a re-structuring in June to reduce its £600 million debt pile.

As part of a company voluntary agreement with landlords, it planned to off-load 67 of its 147 UK clubs, including Lockwood Park.

KAL, a charitable trust, runs 11 sports centres and swimming pools across the district on behalf of Kirklees Council.

It is not the first time KAL has taken over a club from a private operator.

The trust took over the stadium gym and fitness centre at the John Smith’s Stadium in Huddersfield several years ago.

It is understood KAL was approached as a potential new operator for Lockwood Park, which had been offering only month-to-month memberships for some time.

A spokesman for KAL confirmed the move for Lockwood Park but said contracts had yet to be signed.

If the deal goes through it is thought the club will close for a short time for rebranding, redecoration and general repairs.