DOZENS of youngsters in Batley enjoyed three days of free activities in Wilton Park over the bank holiday weekend.
Organisers are hoping to make the sessions more regularly available, with extra activities planned tomorrow (Saturday, 1pm) and over the coming weekends.
The newly-formed Batley West Young People’s Activity Forum wants to get young people aged between five and 18 in the area more active. The community partnership has teamed up with Batley Bulldogs, Wilton Park Tennis Club and Ready, Steady, Active to give kids the opportunity to try something they might not have done before.
From Friday to Sunday last week, children took part in sessions including rugby, boxing, tennis and rounders – all for free.
There was even a chance to write a poem for the park, with representatives from Batley Poets running a stall where people could ‘mix and match’ their first Haiku poem.
West Yorkshire Police officers and firefighters also turned up in their emergency service vehicles to show the youngsters what they do.
But to keep the free sessions going, the group needs help from sponsors.
Chairman of the Friends of Wilton Park group, David Flint, said: “It has taken an awful lot of work to get this off the ground but the feedback from the children, teenagers and families has made it all well worth the effort.
“Even older people have commented how nice it has been to sit and have a coffee and watch the younger people engaging in different sports and having so much fun. It is clear that this was very well received by the local community and for that reason we are looking to run some more events on Saturday afternoons over the next three weekends.
“The only issue now is how to fund this so that it can become a more sustainable provision. So if any individuals or businesses would like to get on board and sponsor some sessions then it would be fantastic to hear from them.”
Anyone wanting to take part in tomorrow’s sessions can register at the park from 1pm, with the activities starting from 1.30pm until 3pm, followed by a free meal at the park’s cafe for all the children and teenagers taking part.
If anybody wants to sponsor any of the events they can email firstname.lastname@example.org.