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Sports cash helps tackle obesity
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Teenagers are one of the groups being encouraged to be more active
Three Yorkshire communities are being given a chance to become more active.

Sports schemes in Wakefield, Leeds and Hull are to share 2.4m from the National Lottery and Sport England.

There will be tennis and netball courts at the KC Stadium in Hull as well as an extension to the skate park.

In Leeds, there will be a synthetic turf pitch at Thomas Danby College.

While Glasshoughton near Wakefield will get a new multi-use games area.

Creative ideas

The Glasshoughton Community Forum will also be able to employ a development worker to encourage local people to make greater use of existing sports facilities.

Patrick Carter, who chairs Sport England, said: "We want to help combat obesity by encouraging the nation to get more fit through sports participation.

"We have purposefully encouraged creative ideas for these new facilities to make them more appealing for people to try sport for the first time.

"It's only by doing this that they will succeed in introducing newcomers to the benefits of exercise."


SEE ALSO:
Yorkshire folk pile on the pounds
03 Mar 04  |  West Yorkshire
High-tech swimming pool opens
12 Jan 04  |  Wiltshire
New slope planned at ski centre
13 Feb 04  |  Norfolk
Skate park plans unveiled
28 Sep 03  |  Cornwall


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