Schoolchildren are being asked to show their artistic side and design a piece of history for Plas Madoc Leisure Centre.
The volunteer-run Splash Community Trust is urging youngsters aged 4 to 11 to get creative and come up with a dragon mascot for the centre, which it is hoped will reopen later this year as a social enterprise under the name Splash Magic.
Board member and fundraising coordinator Jenny Miller, who lives in Penley, said: “We feel Splash Magic needs a strong and iconic mascot, and we like the idea of Splash the Magic Dragon. We would like local schoolchildren to help us – their ideas are critical.”
Trust chairman Darrell Wright said: “We would like Splash to be sporty and to capture the spirit of Plas Madoc and the activities that the centre has to offer – swimming, squash, aerobics, circuit training, pilates, yoga, children activities etc – so please be imaginative!
“Splash can be a boy or a girl, young or old – it’s up to you. This is a great idea of Jenny’s, and it will be fantastic to have a local child create a little piece of Plas Madoc history.”
The competition costs £1 to enter. The money will go on admin costs, with any remaining cash going towards the reopening of the centre. The winning design will be framed and proudly displayed in the reception area of Splash Magic when it reopens.
Jenny added: “The winner will also be presented with a framed copy to display at their school or to take home, and we have a hamper full of arts and crafts goodies very generously donated by the Plassey Holiday Park in Eyton.
“We’re hoping this will be a fun way to engage with local children and for them to be a part of what we are doing, and they will also be helping us ensure that Plas Madoc is still around when they have children of their own.”
Entries should be done on A4 paper, with the child’s name, age, school and home telephone number on the back. The closing date is Friday, July 11, when members of the Splash team will be collecting entries from schools.
Designs can also be sent to Splash Community Trust, 21 Egerton Street, Wrexham, LL11 1ND, or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information call Jenny on 07921 659099.