Have you been inspired by Team GB’s success in Rio?

Did you watch the fencing, the boxing or the archery and fancy having a go yourself?

If you start young enough, and have the right attitude, one day you might be good enough to reach the Olympics.

There’s no shortage of top-class facilities across Kirklees for would-be Olympians.

Here’s 10 ideas to set your pulse racing:


The Valley Bowmen of Huddersfield, founded in 1963, run courses for beginners throughout the year. There are also have-a-go sessions for those who are thinking of signing up for a course. The Bowmen use a field on Knowle Lane, Meltham. There is provision for access for all, as well as a toilet block and kitchen. Details at www.valleybowmen.co.uk

Alternatively, contact Dewsbury Sports Centre Archery Club on 0771 7211 547.

Valley Bowmen Archery Club

Martial arts

There are community martial arts clubs based at several sports centres including Huddersfield Leisure Centre, Colne Valley, Deighton, Batley Baths, Batley Sports & Tennis Centre and Dewsbury Sports Centre.

If you fancy having a go at judo then get in touch with Dewsbury Sports Centre.

Of course there are also many privately-run clubs which teach everything from karate and Thai boxing, to self-defence and taekwondo. A quick internet search will bring up several covering the whole of Kirklees.


There are canoe clubs based at Batley Baths and Dewsbury Sports Centre. The Pennine Canoe Club organises recreational trips and coaching sessions. Details at www.penninecrc.org

Table Tennis

There’s a Huddersfield table tennis league, which dates back to 1932, as well as a Yorkshire league. Coaching sessions for juniors and seniors are held at Almondbury Sports Centre on Sunday afternoons. Details from www.huddersfieldtabletennisleague.co.uk

You can also play table tennis at sports centres including Huddersfield Leisure Centre, Colne Valley, Deighton and Batley Baths.


There are facilities at Batley Sports & Tennis Centre. Kirklees Active Leisure’s tennis development manager, Sam Hayes, is currently volunteering with the GB tennis team in Rio.

Fruity Pot Tennis at Huddersfield LTC. U16's finalist, Amber Woffindin.

Coaching sessions are also available at Huddersfield Lawn Tennis and Squash Club (details at www.hltsc.co.uk) and at Thongsbridge Tennis Club (www.thongsbridgetennisclub.org.uk)


Kirklees Active Leisure runs various training sessions for children aged five and older. They are held at Colne Valley Leisure Centre and Dewsbury Sports Centre. Details at www.kalsports.co.uk


A spectacular sport that can see a top trampolinist reach heights of 10 metres whilst performing multiple somersaults and twists. Kirklees Active Leisure’s trampoline sessions are delivered by fully qualified instructors and follow Bristish Gymnastics Trampoline Proficiency Award guidelines. Details on www.kal.org.uk .


Huddersfield Rifle Club hosts a ‘range day’ on most Saturday afternoons between April and October. Details at www.hrcweb.co.uk


The Kane Academy of Martial Arts in Marsh, Huddersfield has two boxing rings (details www.kaneacademy.com) . Or contact Rawthorpe Amateur Boxing Club via www.rawthorpeboxingclub.co.uk


There are lots of golf coaches in Huddersfield who will be only too happy to show you the basics. Lessons are available at Bradley Park Golf Course which has three PGA teaching pros. Details from www.bradleyparkgolf.co.uk