A TORY councillor has outlined plans to get more children involved in sport.
This month Prime Minister Gordon Brown announced plans to have all pupils doing up to five hours of sport a week by 2012.
But Clr Jim Dodds thinks Kirklees Council is running ahead of the pack.
The Tory Cabinet’s member for children’s services said: “While the Prime Minister dithers over his ideas we have been implementing our own initiative to get our kids involved in sport.”
Clr Dodds outlined plans for the coming year.
He said: “We have allocated £80,000 in our budget towards the Youth Games this year, the highlight of which will be on July 6 when we host a Celebration of Sport at the Galpharm Stadium, just before the Huddersfield Giants game against the Bradford Bulls.
“This will be a huge event, showcasing our local, talented young people.
“Representatives from all our communities will take part, along with participants from our twin towns in Poland, France and Germany, and also guests from China providing a direct link to this year’s Olympic Games.
“More details of this spectacular event will be announced later, but I can confirm that the highlight will involve 300 children simultaneously performing the Hakka, led by the Giants’ New Zealand contingent.
“Future budgets will continue to fund our Youth Games because it is vital we get our children involved in sport and we aim to build on the success by making future events even bigger and better.”