IT’S good to see some ‘out of the box’ thinking for the good of the community.
Sports facilities for young people can be rare in some areas of Huddersfield and there is an unused multi use games area at the YMCA complex in Salendine Nook that needs renovating.
A similar area would cost the council £30,000 to set up from scratch so to save money the council is now proposing to give the YMCA almost £5,000 to do the sports area up and in return the organisation must make it available to the community – especially young people – and take responsibility for its future upkeep.
The move follows complaints that youngsters have been trying to play football on the nearby Huddersfield New College playing fields close to where lights shine on the college’s large Astroturf pitches. It shows the interest is there, if not the free facilities.
The Olympics are now inspiring our young people to take a fresh interest in sport and it’s vital to give them that opportunity wherever they live.
Any ideas that can get kids off street corners and doing something sporty, healthy or useful must be welcomed and given the community’s full backing.
If the youngsters are given decent facilities the incentive is there for them to look after them.
Both the council and the YMCA deserve praise for the way they have worked together for the good of the community in that area.