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Chance to get active.

The Examiner is backing Sport England's campaign to encourage people to be more active.

Everyday Sport wants to inspire busy families to squeeze activity into their lives - and football is a fun way to keep fit!

Damian Ives, Football Development Officer for Kirklees Active Leisure, talks about his job and the opportunities available for people to get involved:

How did you get into football development? After my modern apprenticeship, I did an HND in Leisure Management at Sheffield Hallam University. I also spent three summers and a full year coaching football in America. Upon returning to England I joined Kirklees Leisure Sport's Team as a part-time Development Assistant.

What does your job as Football Development Officer involve? Getting more qualified coaches in North Kirklees and open up opportunities for people to use Batley Sports Centre's new top-grade Astra pitch. In my spare time I am the director at the West Yorkshire Girls Centre of Excellence, based at Batley and run squads at U10, U12 and U13. I play football for Kirkburton.

Are there opportunities for people who might not usually play football? Yes, there are plenty of opportunities in this area, for all ages and abilities. We are running half-term courses for boys and girls at Batley Football Centre, as well as term-time junior courses. Plus, we will soon be offering "walking football" for people who, for whatever reason, are unable to run around a pitch. We will soon also be providing sessions for children and adults with hearing impairments. We want to encourage as many people as possible to play football, even if they've never played before.

And what about parents who take their children to football each week ( can they get involved? Yes, they can play in adult six-a-side leagues. And in November and December we will be running a coach education course for the first time. This covers theory, such as child protection, as well as practical sessions and will run over three evenings and three Saturdays from Nov 23 to Dec 10. The programme at Batley Sports Centre in the coming months is:

October Half Term: Thurs, Oct 27, 10.30-3.30, one-day football nursery for 5-6 year old girls and boys, pounds 13; Thurs and Fri, 27 and 28, 10.30-3.30, two-day mini soccer course for 7-10 year old girls and boys, pounds 22. Term-time: Future Football Champs, Sundays, 1.30-3.00, only pounds 1 per session for girls and boys. Junior Football Development Courses: Mondays & Wednesdays, 4.30-6.30, for girls and boys

For more information contact Damian Ives on 01924 326181.
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Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
Date:Sep 27, 2005
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