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Anthony Crolla and Paul Scholes open Oldham's new leisure centre

At the plaque unveiling for the opening of Oldham Leisure Centre (from left to right): Barrie McDermott (former Rugby League star), Holly Lam-Moores (GB Handball player), Nigel Harrison (Oldham Community Leisure, chairman), Jim McMahon (Oldham West and Royton MP), Kerry Almond (England netball player), Anthony Crolla (World Champion boxer), Chris McDermott (GB Handball player) and Paul Scholes (former Manchester United and England player). Image copyright Oldham Council
Image caption Sports stars including ex-Rugby League star Barrie McDermott, handball player Holly Lam-Moores, Anthony Crolla and Paul Scholes attended the official opening

Boxing champion Anthony Crolla and ex-Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes were among the sports stars who officially opened a new leisure centre.

They attended as part of the unveiling of the £15m centre which includes a gym and indoor bowls arena in Oldham, Greater Manchester.

The Oldham-based stars described the facilities in Middleton Road as "fantastic".

Labour Oldham West and Royton MP Jim McMahon unveiled a plaque.

Image copyright Alan Hamer
Image caption The leisure centre is funded by the council and managed by Oldham Community Leisure

WBA lightweight world champion Crolla said: "It's fantastic to see facilities like this being built on my doorstep because it's this investment that will help bring new talent through."

The leisure centre, which opened to the public in November last year, is funded by Oldham Council and managed by Oldham Community Leisure.

Scholes said: "I've visited the facility with my children since it opened and they love using it."

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