New initiative encourages young people to try sport
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New initiative encourages young people to try sport

Published 16 May 2016

Young people in the Wakefield district have the chance to get active this summer – thanks to a new community initiative with top coaches.

The TRI Sports scheme has been launched by partners including WDH and Wakefield Council.

The scheme is focused on areas of housing provided by WDH which is funding the scheme with Wakefield Council’s Community Safety Partnership.

Other partners are coaches from Wakefield Wildcats, Featherstone Rovers and Castleford Tigers.

Youth workers and community coaches are going into local communities for 12 weeks to meet young people aged 11 to 19 years old, find out activities they’d like to be involved in, and then provide the equipment and support to make it happen in local parks and other green spaces.

The scheme involves the Council’s Youth Work Team and Youth Offending Team.

Steve Rawson, WDH’s Managing Director – Operations, said: “We are delighted to be supporting this fantastic initiative across our estates. Having helped identify suitable locations to host the events, we hope to encourage more young people to get active, try new games and enjoy themselves.”

Cllr Maureen Cummings, Chair of Wakefield’s Community Safety Partnership ,said: “This is a great chance to get involved and with the Olympics and European Cup coming this summer. It’s also a great time to be inspired have fun and get fit.  Who knows we may find a future Olympic and sports star this summer.”

Cllr Olivia Rowley, Cabinet Member for Children and Young People at Wakefield Council, said: “I’d encourage young people to get involved and try something new over the summer.”

The TRI SPORT initiative gives young people the chance to have a go at different types of activities, including frisbee, football and touch rugby.

Sessions are running throughout the summer, in Wakefield and Castleford on Wednesday evenings from 5pm to 8pm and Featherstone on Friday evenings from 5pm to 8pm.

Young People in Wakefield, Castleford and Featherstone can go to WFyouth official Facebook to find out more information and request that the sports coaches and youth workers visit their area, or email youthwork@wakefield.gov.uk

 

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