Youngsters from South Kirkby are being encouraged to try new sports thanks to both a national grant and support from WDH and Wakefield Council.
South Kirkby Youth Club Association, which works with children aged 8 and over, received £1,350 in funding as part of Sportivate - a £56 million Lottery funded London 2012 legacy project that aims to give young people the opportunity to discover a new sport.
The grant has enabled the youth club to purchase sports equipment, run a series of eight free activity sessions as well as carry out sports leader training for volunteers with the organisation.
WDH and Wakefield Council have also both committed to working with the club to support weekly sports in the area.
Jane Gwilliam, WDH’s Tenant Involvement Officer, said: “The sessions are really important as they encourage young people to come together. It gives them the chance to be active and make good use of their time. As part of our support going forward we’ll be looking to do things such as hiring venues to ensure children can do activities over the winter period.”
Becky Cartwright, Manager of the South Kirkby Youth Club Association, said: “The sessions we’ve held have been really well attended with groups of up to 28 getting involved. The demand proves that there’s a need, so it’s great that we’ll be able to continue offering them.”