SPORTS clubs in Kirklees could be saving thousands of pounds a year to re-invest in facilities.

Halifax MP Chris McCafferty is backing a campaign to get clubs across the region to sign up to an HM Revenue and Customs scheme which provides 80% statutory relief as well as eligibility for Gift Aid on donations.

The Community Amateur Sports Clubs scheme has already saved clubs a total of £15m - an average saving of £3,500 for more than 4,000 clubs who have signed up.

Chris said: "So far, it seems only one in ten of the clubs that could benefit are applying.

"This means nationally £60m which could remain in club coffers is being handed over to the taxman each year.

"It really is essential that clubs make the most of this scheme."

The campaign to get more clubs to sign up is being led by the Central Council of Physical Recreation (CCPR).

Tim Lamb, chief executive of CCPR, which is the alliance for sporting governing bodies, said: "Our community clubs are rarely well-off and this scheme is all about letting them keep hold of a little more of what they manage to raise.

"Club members can find out more from the new website www."