A NEW £1.2m sports centre has been unveiled in Meltham after eight years of planning and building.
Sponsors Kirklees Council, Meltham Town Council and the Crossroads charity shop were all given the chance to walk round the new centre off Mean Lane, Broadlands.
It comprises a clubhouse, six changing rooms, and sports hall, a function room, bar, club room, and stores.
A full-time manager has been taken on to run the complex.
Mr Alan Redfearn director, said: "It's a very attractive building. It's really super.
" Many of the clubs that are involved in sport in Meltham are going to be much better off."
Meltham Sports and Community Group launched its plans in January 2002.
It is now a limited company and registered charity.
A grant of £894,707 from the National Lottery in November last year enabled the project to go ahead, coupled with a £62,000 donation from Meltham Town Council and cash gifts from other bodies.
The existing bowling, cricket and football changing rooms are all still on site.
They will be demolished in the near future to make way for car parking and a multi-use pitch.
The facilities will also provide improved premises for youth groups, table tennis, keep fit and exercise classes.
It is expected the centre will open from 9am to 11pm on weekdays and 9am to midnight on Saturday, from early January.