Kirklees Council is funding a fantastic series of sports sessions for children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).

The programme gives vulnerable children aged eight to 18 a safe space to try new sports and meet new people, giving a vital boost to their mental and physical health.

A range of activities are available – all for free – with participants having the chance to shape what’s on offer to them.

Weekly sessions are taking place in Huddersfield and Dewsbury, funded by the council and operated by the Huddersfield Town Foundation. Places can be booked online.

Clr Viv Kendrick, Cabinet member for children, said: “All children have suffered during the pandemic but it’s often the most vulnerable who face the biggest challenges.

“Supporting young people with SEND is incredibly important to us – we want to break down barriers, provide opportunities and create safe and inclusive places for them to thrive.

“Sports and activities are a great way to improve health and meet new people. Our free sessions could benefit many hundreds of children and families, helping them to enjoy the best start in life.

“The programme also includes workshops on vital things like resilience, first aid and employability, so we are also aiming to give youngsters personal support and valuable life skills.”

You can find more information, and the booking details, on the Kirklees Local Offer website. The Kirklees Local Offer is a great place to discover all the news about local activities, services and support for children and young people with SEND.