SCHOOL sport in Huddersfield could get another boost.
More than £4m of Government money has been made available for schools in Yorkshire.
And some Kirklees schools may share in the handout to develop new and existing schemes.
Both school sports and public facilities have been targeted in a bid to improve the availability and quality of sport nationwide.
School Partnerships is just one of the schemes proving successful in Huddersfield.
It was launched in September, 2000, and aims to pair specialist sports colleges or institutions with about eight secondary schools and 45 primary schools each.
This is to provide a wider range of available activities, greater quality of teaching and more after-school events.
Newsome High School and Sports College became the first Huddersfield school to join the scheme in 2002.
It has been paired with a number of schools, including Shelley High and Rawthorpe Junior, to help provide better access to and availability of sport for pupils.
With training providing teachers with a greater knowledge of PE and involvement from cricket, tennis and rugby clubs the partnership is proving very effective.
Brenda Hilton, partnership development manager for school sports, expressed the importance of the scheme.
She said: "PE tended not to be as important in the curriculum as literacy and numeracy.
"With the increasing worry of obesity and unfitness in children it's important we improve and raise the importance of sport.
"This scheme allows that to happen."