LOCAL MP Shahid Malik was on hand to help out with ongoing refurbishment efforts at Skelmanthorpe Youth and Community Association.
He was joined by volunteers including Vanessa Marsden and Terry Sigworth.
Vanessa , who chairs the association, said: “Shahid has supported and encouraged the project to move forward and we are really grateful for the interest he has shown.”
After two years of fundraising SYCA hope to open the new centre, comprising a club room, sports hall, meeting room, and offices for youth services in Spring 2009.
The first phase of the development has seen the building of new offices, lift shaft, lobby and remodelling of internal walls to form new toilets, store and admin office.
Ground source heat pumps are to be installed to provide under floor heating.
The next phase of the development, which will include an outdoor play court and parking for 29 cars, still needs £164,000 of funding, some from local grants, and the rest to be raised from local sponsorship and events.
Mr Malik, who is the three-time, unbeaten Westminster pool champion, is organising a fundraising pool tournament in the village and has pledged further support for the centre.
He said: “The work that has already been done is tremendous and testament to the ability to succeed when the local community pulls together.
“Credit goes to Vanessa, Terry and the SYCA family for their sheer commitment and drive. I personally, have also been particularly impressed by theŠforesight they have shown byŠincluding a number of environmentally friendly features in the development.”