ULTRA-MODERN sports facilities will be made affordable to all members of the Mid Cheshire community.
That's the pledge made by business entrepreneurs behind a £26m sports complex in Middlewich. Marjory Issatt and Michael Davey of MID Point Sports Ltd say the complex will be available for all - not just professional sports people.
Some residents had raised fears that the facilities could be used solely by athletes at the expense of local people.
Ms Issatt said: 'Many people are asking us whether the sports facility can be used by the general public. Of course it can. We are structuring our plans to include everyone who wants the opportunity to be involved in sports.
'It will be open to members of the public to pay and play. There will be no membership fee or hidden catches. This is a private facility for all to use when they want to. Sports groups, clubs and associations are also welcome to use our amenities. No-one will be left out.'
Mr Davey, who lives in Middlewich, added: 'We will be introducing a fair pricing policy so sport is affordable to everyone no matter what their level of income. This is extremely important to us because one of our key objectives is to tackle obesity and to encourage more people to participate in exercise.
'Like local and national government, we have ambitious aims to increase participation levels in sport, raise sporting achievement and improve health.'
The pair met sports governing bodies this week to negotiate plans for the multi-purpose sports arena which will be home to the England basketball squad at all levels and will host at least five Chester Jets basketball games each year.
Mr Davey said: 'We are going to stage many sporting events at MID Point, but this doesn't mean that we're only catering for elitists, we want the local community to be part of this too. They can take part in sport - whether it's swimming, tennis, badminton, martial arts, basketball or football - or they can join in by spectating.'