Supporting our children – and inspiring a passion for sport

Local children got a chance to make new friends and try out sporting activities thanks to a great partnership between the council and the Huddersfield Town Foundation.

Every half-term the Foundation runs multi-sport camps for primary school pupils – and the latest scheme featured extra places, funded by the council.

As part of our wide-ranging school holiday activity programme, we ensured a number of children were given exciting opportunities to have fun, sample something new and boost their mental and physical wellbeing.

The multi-sport camps were run in a Covid-secure way and also included a workshop on the theme of Black History Month.

Cllr Carole Pattison, Cabinet member for Learning, Aspiration and Communities, said:

“We were delighted to join up with the Huddersfield Town Foundation and fund extra places during October half-term.

“It’s very important to us that children and young people can access holiday activities which are inclusive and support them to enjoy the best start in life.”

Cllr Viv Kendrick, Cabinet member for Children, said:

“We have worked alongside many organisations to deliver half-term activities for children throughout Kirklees in a variety of settings.

The Covid-19 pandemic has made it more vital than ever for children and families to be supported. Sport is a great way of helping children with their emotional wellbeing and physical fitness, and we hope the sessions will inspire a long-term passion.”

Town Foundation Chief Executive Siobhan Atkinson added:

I’m delighted that the Foundation’s application to receive funds from Kirklees Council was accepted. It really helps us to provide positive activities for young people at a time when they are greatly needed. We feel proud that the council trusts us to deliver to our community.”

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