Future Olympic hopefuls have had a ball at a new sporting camp in Glass Houghton.
Xscape teamed up with SportAnalytik, in the Czech Republic, to run Future Sport Stars, which helps children discover where their individual sporting skills lie. The free two-week course was the first one to run in the UK, although more than 280,000 children aged from five to 15 have already taken part across Europe.
Luke Barraclough, from Ferrybridge, said: “The full setup here is brilliant – children get to try everything out, get a certificate at the end and information on sports they can go into, some of which we didn’t even know about, like tobogganing.”
The course involves trained staff measuring each child’s ability using five simple key skills tests based around balance, stamina, agility, flexibility and strength. The young people then get a free report, along with details of how to take their next steps in sport.
Jan Brezina, SportAnalytik founder, said: “Like many other parents, I’d like my children to be healthy, active and take part in sport – but above all else, have fun. By working on this with Xscape Yorkshire, we can combine all of that and help give kids some direction towards sports they may naturally be good at.”