Rugby league star Keal Carlile has returned to his roots by setting up free sports and fitness sessions in Pontefract.
Mr Carlile, 24, who grew up on the town’s Chequerfield estate, now plays for Super League club Hull Kingston Rovers.
The dad-of-two now wants to help the area where he grew up by launching new health sessions.
He said: “I wanted to give something back to the community.
“I grew up on the estate, some of my family still live there and I want to bring everybody together.
“The sessions will be more of a community event than vigorous exercise.”
The Chequerfield Health Club project will launch with a special session at Pontefract Sports and Social Club, on Chequers Close tonight (Thursday) from 5pm.
Sessions will then run every week and will also offer people fitness and diet advice.
Mr Carlile added: “A lot of people in the area don’t live a healthy lifestyle and, given my job, health and fitness is something I am very passionate about.
“I had a bit of a scare with my health myself. I had to have an operation for an undiagnosed heart condition in 2011 so it’s something I am very keen on.
“I’m not a qualified personal trainer but I want to pass on what I’ve learned during my time in rugby to other people.”
Mr Carlile signed for Super League outfit Bradford Bulls at the age of 16.
He has also played for Huddersfield Giants before signing forHull KR in 2011, following his heart surgery.
Mr Carlile added: “All the sessions will be different each week and it’s all completely free. Anybody of any age can come along. We just want to see as many people as possible there in the hope of bringing the whole community together as well as getting fit and healthy.”