Take Up A New Sport This Summer


The sun is blazing outside, the school holidays are about to start, and the Olymics in Rio are just around the corner – it’s the perfect time to try your hand at a new sport and take advantage of some of the wonderful clubs and societies our region has to offer. We’ve rounded up some of the activities top of Vale’s list this summer, and links to handy local resources where you can get involved.


Swimming always seems like a summer sport to us – probably because we generally do it on holiday! It’s a great low-impact activity however, and one the kids are sure to love. If you don’t think that doing lengths sounds terribly fun never fear – we’re blessed with such facilities as The Dome in Doncaster and Calypso Cove Waterpark near Barnsley, both packed full of slides, fountains, and various different pools to explore.

For a slightly more tranquil experience, try This list links to most of the clubs in North Yorkshire, whilst you can find a similar guide to clubs in South Yorkshire here, and Leedshere.


Many of our staff here at Vale are keen ramblers, and we’re lucky enough to have a lot of stunning countryside right on our doorstep! A walking group is one of the most sociable you can join – there are groups for all ages and abilities, and of course you’re going at the perfect pace to keep up some good chatter! We think this is the best list of walking groups in and around Yorkshire, and there’s almost sure to be one near you.


It would be a shame to miss out tennis since we have a British winner this year. It’s another sport that’s easy to get started with, that kids love, and that you can do as a whole family. Tennis Hub is the best place we know of to find clubs in your area – just search by town or postcode.


For something just a little bit different, how about giving archery a go? It’s one of the sports we love to watch at the olympics! Don’t be put off by the kit you need – most clubs will let you hire some for the session, so you don’t necessarily need your own. The Yorkshire Archery Association has a great list of Clubs in Yorkshire, so why not go along and see what makes this such a great family sport?

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