AFTER selling up his share in a catering business, Richard Lisle decided it was time to add something to the community.
With wife Cathy, he set up Holmfield Indoor Sports Centre, at Holmfield Mill, Halifax.
And now, to encourage more children into sport, they have added new indoor cricket facilities to their expanding leisure centre.
The cricket nets, which feature a high-powered bowling machine, will be open to the public in January.
“You wouldn’t believe the state of this place when we started,” said Mr Lisle. “But I had a vision.
“I just wanted a place to get the kids off the fields in the freezing cold.”
Mr Lisle hopes introducing indoor sports facilities will keep children in the area active.
An indoor five-a-side football area will also be used for netball and disabled sports such as wheelchair rugby and also for children’s parties. With many youth football teams training in the area, Mr Lisle wanted to create somewhere for them to play during the colder months.
Holmfield Indoor Sports Centre will eventually be used for corporate events, where companies can try their hands at cricket or football.
As a brand new school is being built across the road from the Holmfield Mill complex, the Lisle family business should have plenty of people waiting to play.
Mr Lisle said: “We’ve had bookings taken already, so it is looking very popular.”
With his wife as a boxing coach, his son a fitness instructor and his daughter a newly-trained nail technician, Mr Lisle has a proper family business on his hands.
“We’ve invested tens of thousands of pounds in this new venture. We wanted to explore other avenues and asked: ‘What does the area need?’”
He added: “In five years this area will have everything it needs regarding sports facilities the community can use.”