A healthy legacy for Spen Valley

Legacy Sport is launching its NHS fitness project to deliver sports in the local community, pictured are Kathryn Cooke (pjs), Faye Highley (start prog kirklees council), Gareth Hemingway (lets dance), Shaun Fox (legacy sport) and Gavin Howarth (howarths employment law).  (d602a322)
Legacy Sport is launching its NHS fitness project to deliver sports in the local community, pictured are Kathryn Cooke (pjs), Faye Highley (start prog kirklees council), Gareth Hemingway (lets dance), Shaun Fox (legacy sport) and Gavin Howarth (howarths employment law). (d602a322)

A new fun-packed programme to get Spen folk healthy kicks off this week.

As part of the Great Spen Valley Health Challenge, which is supported by the Spenborough Guardian, the activities will run over the next eight months.

The scheme is spearheaded by Legacy Sport, a social enterprise based at Spen Valley Sports College, which has teamed up with NHS North Kirklees for the scheme, and other partners.

Shaun Fox from Legacy Sport said: “All activity will be aimed at people aged 14 and over who are new to exercise or physical activity. Sessions will be delivered in a welcoming, non intimidating environment in the hope that participants will develop lifelong habits. A number of local partners have joined forces with the aim of having a positive impact on the health agenda.”

Activities include:

l Beginners’ fitness sessions at PJs Health and Fitness Village

l Cycling sessions and bike maintenance at Spen Valley Sports College

l Back to Rugby sessions with Batley Bulldogs

l Family Fitness sessions at Whitcliffe Mount through the Kirklees Physical Activity Team

l Walking for Beginners at Spen Track

l Back to Badminton at Spen Valley Sports College

l Ballroom and Latin Dance for Beginners at Spen Valley Sports College

l Crown Green Bowling for Beginners at Cleckheaton Sports Club

The first of the events begin this week.

PJs will be holding its new fun Fit Into It sessions on Tuesdays from 2pm-2.45pm, a variety of classes to get inactive people into exercise. Kathryn Cooke from PJs said: “The class content will vary each week to enable them to experience a wide range of different types of class and will be geared to their requirements and ability.”

To book, call PJs on 01274 870076.

Whitcliffe Mount’s weekly Family Active sessions begin on Wednesday from 4.30-5.30pm. The sessions are free and for families with children aged eight to 16. (Children aged 14-16 can come without a parent or carer). Sessions include circuits, rebound, aerobics, SHOKK combat, dodgeball and many more.

Contact Faye Highley on 01484 234096 or 07976 194376 for more information or register your interest at reception at Whitcliffe Mount Sports Centre.

Look out for information on other classes in future editions of the Guardian.