Robbie Savage joins fight to save Plas Madoc Centre

Plas Madoc Leisure Centre Robbie Savage said he loved Plas Madoc, "especially for the wave machine"

Related Stories

Former Wales footballer Robbie Savage has appealed for a Wrexham leisure centre at risk of closure to stay open.

A consultation is under way on council plans to close facilities at Plas Madoc and Waterworld to save money.

The Wrexham-born BBC pundit said he had "great memories" of Plas Madoc, where he used to play football, and he hoped the facilities would stay open.

Councillors want to demolish the two centres and replace them with a £12m facility.

A consultation is ongoing following a review of 11 sports and leisure facilities operated by Wrexham council as it seeks to make budget cuts of £13m in the next financial year.

Robbie Savage Robbie Savage said he used to love going to Plas Madoc as a child

The proposals were due to go before the council's executive board for approval next week.

But on Wednesday the council announced the consultation period had been extended until 31 January.

Local residents formed the Save Plas Madoc Leisure Centre Campaign (SPMLCC), which has been backed by Savage.

The midfielder, who played for Leicester City, Birmingham and Derby County, said: "I loved going there as a kid. It was a treat, especially for the wave machine.

"I'll never forget the football five-a-side competitions with Llay United.

"I have great memories of Plas Madoc and sincerely hope it stays open."

SPMLCC spokeswoman Rachel Lewis said: "This shows just how important Plas Madoc and other leisure facilities can be for local youngsters.

"It can be the stepping stone to an international career and it's wonderful that Robbie hasn't forgotten his roots here in Wrexham.

"Robbie's comments also emphasise that Plas Madoc is about much more than just a swimming pool.

"It's got a great gym and other sporting facilities that are valued by young and old alike."

Wrexham FC player-manager Andy Morrell has also reportedly backed the campaign, saying facilities that promote exercise should remain open.

Campaigners say they are planning to protest outside Plas Madoc and Waterworld next weekend.

The proposals will go before the council's executive board for approval on 11 February.

More on This Story

Related Stories

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites

BBC North East Wales



3 °C -1 °C

Features & Analysis

  • Abdi Nor IftinGolden ticket

    How a refugee entered a lottery and won a new life in the US

  • Herring in a fur coatMerry herring

    How fish 'in a fur coat' is enough to make Russia's New Year happy

  • Curiosity Self-Portrait at 'Windjana' Drilling SiteIn pictures

    The most stunning space photos of the year

  • Amy Adams, Cate Blanchett, Sandra Bullock and Dame Judi DenchFilm quiz of 2014

    How much do you remember about the past 12 months?

Elsewhere on the BBC

  • GeoguessrWhere in the world...?

    Think you are a geography expert? Test your knowledge with BBC Travel’s interactive game


  • Tom BrookTalking Movies Watch

    Tom Brook looks back at some of the best movies of 2014 from around the world

BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.