GAMING workshops are being offered to enthusiasts in Huddersfield.
They will offer people the chance to have a go at all types of games.
The workshops are being run by a new games store which has opened in the town centre.
Patriot Games on Wood Street features a range of traditional and hobby games, such as, board games, role playing games, card games and miniature games.
The shop has been opened by Nigel Scarfe and his partner, who, as well as putting on game demonstrations in the store, have opened two rooms upstairs for anyone wanting to know more about or play more games and meet other game enthusiasts free of charge.
Nigel said: “Having researched possible locations for this shop all over the country we felt that Huddersfield would be one of the best places. It is a big town and there is nothing else like it here.
“Our aim is to ensure children can enjoy time out of school safely and meet new people.
“The store’s gaming space upstairs will allow children to play games outside of school hours for free and give peace of mind to parents, knowing where their children are.’’
The gaming area opened with a Yu-Gi-Oh tournament for children across Kirklees
Nigel added: “We had children travelling from surrounding areas to participate, as well as others who came to see some of the other game demonstrations.”
Nigel, who is originally from Barnsley, is also hoping to develop a network of school game clubs throughout schools across Kirklees.
He said: “We have already dealt with both Kirklees’s and Sheffield’s extended learning networks and they are eager to roll this out throughout their schools.
“The school game clubs involve bringing in an exciting range of new games that while still helping develop both learning and social skills, are extremely fun to play.”
Nigel also wants to introduce parent and teacher challenges as part of the scheme.
“There’s no reason why we can’t extend this idea to adults and get them to enjoy the fun gaming can bring.’’