Jessica in England team playing at Warrenside on Sunday.
JESSICA ELLIOTT from Hudders-field will be in the England Women's team to play Scotland in a kabaddi international at Warrenside on Sunday.
The 'home international' is the only women's fixture, although eight teams are taking part all together between 11am and 6pm, and two players from Halifax - Amanda Clegg and Lucy Jones - are also in the England squad.
Spectators are welcome - postcode for the car park at the Bradley venue is HD2 1TJ - and it's a great chance to view the sport, which originated in ancient India.
Two teams of seven take it in turns to send a raider into the opposition half to try and tag as many of the opposition as possible. In rectangular kabaddi, each raider must hold their breath while in the opposition half, while in circular kabaddi, which the women will be playing on Sunday, they get a 30sec time allocation.
Jessica, 30 from Golcar, played rugby but took up kabaddi through a friend three years ago and has been to the last three World Championships. The next Worlds are next month in the Punjab.
"It's a brilliant sport and this is a great chance for people to go and watch," said Jessica, who went to Colne Valley High and New College and now works as a Community Sports Officer for the Kirklees Integrated Youth Support Service. "I would also encourage anyone to have a go and play kabaddi, because it's really enjoyable, great for kids and something I've loved since the first time I played it."