On Monday 1 August 2016 around 50 local young people came along to a community activity day at Mixenden Activity Centre to take part in taster sessions offered by local sport clubs including Halifax Rugby Union, Focus Taekwondo, Huddersfield Community Trust Cheerleaders, Mixenden Activity Centre instructors.
The event was organised by West Yorkshire Sports and local service providers including Mixenden Initiative, Mixenden Activity Centre, West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service and West Yorkshire Police.
Halifax MP Holly Lynch supported the event by coming along to spend the day with the young people and their parents, which in spite of isolated showers, proved to be a huge success.
Also in attendance to keep them amused, were Illingworth Fire Station White Watch and local PC Jonny Ramsden and PCSO Alice Cordingley, who let the let the youngsters (and some parents) have a close up look at the some of the equipment they use as part of their jobs.
The reason behind the day was to get local young people to take part in sporting activities, which they might not otherwise have had an opportunity to try out before and free refreshments were offered to those having a go at 3 sessions or more.
West Yorkshire Sport’s vision is to help achieve a vibrant, healthy and prosperous Yorkshire through sport, and what better time to do this than with the Rio 2016 Olympics currently taking place. We hope after the event the young people involved will be inspired to carry on with some kind of sport or activity.