Birstall youngsters celebrate their new play facilities

Release Date: 25-Jun-2012
Children from the Nova Park area of Birstall celebrated the opening of their new sports facility this week.

Celebrating the opening of the new ball wall

Celebrating the opening of the new ball wall

Birstall Tops Tenants and Residents Association (TRA) received funding from Kirklees Neighbourhood Housing (KNH) and the Council’s Parks & Open Spaces Service for the new equipment in Nova Park. The multi-use ball wall is aimed at young people aged 11 and over and came about as a result of consultation about what they most wanted on the site.

To celebrate the official opening of the facility as well as the arrival of the Olympic torch in the region, KNH and Birstall Tops TRA organized a mini Olympics event. Local children and their families got to see the new ball wall and took part in various activities such as torch making, sports activities, henna art, face painting and a barbecue.

Also attending were local ward councillor, Liz Smaje and representatives from the council’s youth and neighbourhood services, the police, Sure Start and the Communities United Project (CUP).

To make sure the new facility is well used and to encourage the youngsters to take part in healthy, positive activities, the TRA have also received a grant from Awards for All and the Birstall Area Committee to fund organized activities. These will be delivered by CUP, which specializes in sporting schemes to help young people avoid antisocial behavior.

Maurice Foster, Chair of Birstall Tops TRA said "I’d like to thank everyone who turned up to support this event and KNH and the Council for making it possible. It was a tremendous day and the new ball wall is a fantastic new facility for our estate.”

Sabrina Hussain, KNH’s Community Engagement Officer for the area, said: “Everyone had a great day, but more importantly, children and young people on the estate now have somewhere they can burn off energy and get healthy and active. A major part of KNH’s mission is to develop successful communities and this is one way that we’re helping do this.”

Cllr Cathy Scott, the cabinet member for housing, said: “The new ball wall is a great resource that offers young people the chance to get fit, socialise and have fun. It’s also a great example of how partners like KNH are working with local residents, the council and other agencies to make a difference to the communities we all serve.”

If you would like further information about the recreational activities on offer for young people living on Nova Estate please contact Sabrina Hussain on 07794 217427 or email Sabrina,

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