TV star Kammy backing Wakefield’s sports & leisure sector to reopen safely

21/07/2020, PR-9486

​A TV celebrity and former footballer is helping to boost Wakefield as sports facilities start to safely get back up and running across the district.

Cllr Jack Hemingway with Chris Kamara to show how Wakefield Council is supporting leisure businesses in the district to safely reopen.

​Fans' favourite and local resident, Chris Kamara, is lending his support to Wakefield Council's 'Enjoy It. Safely Does It.' campaign aimed at promoting key sectors of Wakefield's economy as they safely reopen for business.


From Saturday July 25, an easing of Government restrictions means indoor gyms, swimming pools, spas and dance studios can all start to welcome visitors back safely with new Covid-19 secure safety measures in place. 


Wakefield Council has created a special guide for the sports and leisure industry as a one stop shop outlining what needs to be done to reopen and keep customers safe. Chris Kamara, the former Leeds and Sheffield United star, who is also known internationally as a TV presenter and football analyst, has given his backing to the guide.


Chris, (pictured left), said: "I know first-hand the benefits sport can bring everyone, whether it's going to the gym, enjoying a swim or having a kickabout in the park. That's why it's great to see sport and leisure facilities starting to get safely back up and running across Wakefield. The entire place is starting to wake up again with shops and bars coming back to life.


"It's been a tough period for lots of folk, but I know how strong Wakefield is – and it's important everyone does everything safely as we all start doing what we love again."


Cllr Jack Hemingway, Deputy Leader of Wakefield Council, said: "We are delighted Chris is lending his support to promote the fact our district is doing everything it can to reopen safely . Step by step, we are helping businesses get back on their feet right and sport is a key part of the next phase. Health and activity are so important for the physical and mental wellbeing of residents, so this is a major milestone.


"However, we all need to play our part in doing this safely and following all the new rules in place – that way we can continue to move forward rather than taking steps back."


Wakefield Council is reopening it leisure facilities gradually, with a phased approach, beginning on 8 August - that will see leisure centres, activities and membership types all starting up in stages. Full details and the timetable of Wakefield Council's leisure centre reopenings are available on the Council's website – just search for "leisure" – and Aspire Facebook page.


To download the sports and leisure guide see