As school sport is no longer compulsory after leaving high school many people drop out as the step from school sport to community sport is often too great for young people. Satellite Clubs make it easier for young people to stay in sport, or to start participating. They provide a stepping stone to a community club or regular participation through the creation of relevant, appealing and convenient sporting opportunities for young people.
Leeds City Council have teamed up with Leeds City Athletics Club & Cockburn High School to develop an athletics club which enables people to transition from school sport into a formal sports club. The athletics club is also open to the wider public which gives people an opportunity to try something new or get back into physical activity.
From Thursday 26 February the Athletics club will be running weekly from 4pm until 5pm for only £2 per session. If you are between the ages of 10 and 16 and are interested in coming to the club contact Steve Locking on 07943151406 for more information. All abilities are welcome.
“For both the local community and for Leeds City Athletics Club, the creation of this new partnership with Cockburn High School represents a fantastic opportunity. For athletics as a sport to be successful, both in terms of elite performance and in numbers of people participating and enjoying themselves, it relies on everyone taking the first step and getting involved. This club will allow people to take that step, join in and have fun, whilst getting fit and learning new skills. As a club, we really look forward to being part of this.” – Ian Cooke (Chairman – Leeds City AC).
Neil Jones Active Sports Officer South & Central Leeds commented – “this is a great piece of partnership working between a community sports club and school. This will build the capacity locally and will allow young people to access some high quality Athletics provision in their local community. The funding from Sport England will be the catalyst to a fully sustainable community club based at the school.”