Get fit with Wakefield Council

Ref: PR 4546
Date: 23/04/2014

Wakefield Council is stepping up its Sporty Mates programme in the coming month.

Funded by Sport England, Sporty Mates aims to help Wakefield men aged between 30- 50 lead healthier lifestyles by holding a number of different social sport sessions across the district.

Anyone can turn up and play in these free, social sport sessions, the activities include rugby, swimming, golf, football, boxercise, walking and cycling.

Cllr David Dagger Cabinet Member for Sport, said: "The first set of sessions we held were very successful, with a total of 43 local men taking part in our touch rugby events supported by Featherstone Rovers, Castleford Tigers and Wakefield Wildcats."

 Throughout May more sessions will be taking place at different venues in the district. These are a good opportunity to meet other people who enjoy sports as well as improving fitness levels.

The sessions are for beginners or returners to sport or for men who just fancy playing some sport for fun.

Current sessions include the Football Association supported 'Just Play' five-a-side football, which are ideal for people who haven't kicked a ball in years or want to get back involved with the game. These take place at three locations:

Hemsworth Sports Centre - Tuesday nights 6pm-7pm
The Hut, Castleford - Friday nights 6pm-7pm
Wakefield City Academy - Wednesday nights 6pm-7pm

The get fit touch rugby sessions will continue throughout May and are made up of a few different games or exercises followed by a game of touch rugby. Supported by local rugby clubs these have been popular sessions so far, the ten week training sessions start soon at:

Knottingley Old Quarry Adventure Playground with Castleford Tigers - Wednesday May 7 at 6.30-7.30pm
Castleford Academy with Castleford Tigers - Wednesday May 7 at 8pm-9pm
Wakefield City Academy with Wakefield Wildcats - Monday April 28 at 6pm-7pm
Featherstone Sports Complex with Featherstone Rovers - Wednesday April 30 at 5.45-6.45pm

With the Tour De France coming up Sporty Mates are giving Wakefield residents the chance to get cycling at the over 30's bike ride at Nostell Priory, on Sunday May 18 at 13:30pm, bikes can be provided if booked in advance.

The programme also offers local men to get back in the swing of it with golf lessons delivered by a PGA Level three coach and include golf clubs and a round of Golf at the end of the 10 weeks. They are held at:

Wakefield City Golf Course - Tuesday May 13 at 5.30 to 6.30pm
Pontefract Park Golf Course - Thursday May 15 at 5 to 6pm
Hemsworth Vale Head Park - Thursday May 15 6.30 to 7.30pm

For more information or to book on any of the above sessions email: or call 01924 307820.