Stars from the Yorkshire Carnegie squad unveiled the newly refurbished Xercise4Less gym on Kirkstall Road on Friday as the facility reopened for members following the recent floods.

The gym, which is located on Kirkstall Industrial Park, was hit by the floods in December.  Areas of the facility were left partially submerged under four feet of water during the Boxing Day floods, which saw the firm write off 400 pieces of equipment including state-of-the-art MMA cages and boxing rings.  But a £1million renovation of the site is now complete and members were welcomed back during the ceremony.

Yorkshire Carnegie head coach Bryan Redpath was joined by Joel Hodgson, David Doherty, Chris Walker, Mike Myerscough, Charlie Beech, Tom Casson, Richard Beck, Tom Ryder, Pete Lucock and Kevin Sinfield for the visit to the see the newly refurbished gym.

Sinfield was given the honour of cutting the ribbon for the reopening ceremony and the fly half said he was impressed by the facilities. "It's a fantastic place and there's loads of floor space and the equipment is as good as I have seen and I can't believe it's £9.99 a month!  It's great to see it back up and running after the floods, the facility is now brand new almost and I've been really impressed."

Jon Wright, chief executive of Xercise4Less, and Non-Executive Director of Yorkshire Carnegie explained that news of the extent of December’s floods was hard to believe at first but since then the togetherness of the local community has helped the gym get back to its feet.

He said: “It’s phenomenal. It has been a pretty unpleasant couple of months for us in terms of this site, but what’s come out of it is that we’ve got some fantastic members. We were inundated with offers of help.

“There is a silver lining. We’ve got a brand new facility with far more of the latest kit but what’s been good for me is the reaction we’ve had. It’s a business but a community as well.”

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