YOUNG people in this area will be able to enjoy free leisure activities.
Kirklees Council’s Cabinet yesterday approved free sessions in sports centres across the district.
Young people aged eight to 16 will be allowed to use the centres for free between 3.30pm and 7.30pm (Monday to Thursday) and 3.30pm to 10.30pm on Fridays.
There may also be some weekend slots.
Cabinet member Clr Andrew Palfreeman hopes the free sessions will have a number of benefits.
He said: “This builds on our ambition to support young people and will provide access to sporting activities which they don’t currently enjoy.
“It will also add to measures we are taking to reduce anti-social behaviour.”
Clr Palfreeman hopes the free sessions will have a long-term impact on young people’s lives.
He said: “Not only are we offering a way for young people to have fun and become fitter, we’re also hoping they will take up activities which they can enjoy for most of their lives.”
The three-year offer is expected to cost Kirklees £100,000 a year.
The scheme will be run by Kirklees Active Leisure and a special official will be appointed to promote it.
Clr Palfreeman also announced plans for subsidised coaching for talented young sports people.