Llanfair Caereinion Leisure Centre has the potential to become a first-class sports and events venue for rural communities in Mid Wales with the backing of local volunteers.

The Llanfair Caereinion Leisure Centre Action Committee is calling on volunteers to help form a not-for-profit organisation to develop the centre for future generations.

As an organisation with charitable status, the centre would be able to support local sports, leisure and cultural activities with grants and funding.

The proposed facility developments include an all-weather sports pitch for clubs to train all year round; enhanced venue for arts and drama and improved audio-visual technology inside the sports hall.

The committee is looking for volunteers with a range of skills varying from business and finance, legal and governance, arts, education, Welsh language, Young Farmers, leisure, healthcare, sports and culture to become Trustees.

The leisure centre's future was in doubt when Powys County Council said in 2016 that it would continue funding for another year at most. The pressure was then put on the local community to find money to keep it open.

Freedom Leisure, the management company appointed by Powys County Council is committed to undertake basic repairs to the centre.

Ian Harrison, Chair of Llanfair Caereinion Leisure Centre Action Committee said: “Together with Freedom Leisure and Powys County Council we have a unique opportunity to create a Leisure Centre that would be the envy of rural communities across Mid Wales and I sincerely hope that you can find a way to support us.”

People who are interested in the future of the centre are invited to join the next meeting with Freedom Leisure, Powys County Council and Powys Association of Voluntary Organizations (PAVO) in the Youth Room, Llanfair Caereinion Institute on Monday, February 26 at 5pm.

l If you are interested in becoming a Trustee please email Ian Harrison at ian.harrison@harrisonfaulkes.com or call 07713356995 or 01938 553954.