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New Year resolutions in the Yorkshire Dales

[Wednesday 31 December 2008]

Clubs provide an ideal place to find new friends who are likely to help them keep to their new healthy ideals – and offer a chance to keep the costs down by sharing transport.

Kath Needham - Go Dales Project Officer

GROUPS of young people are being given the chance to make a New Year’s resolution with a difference – trying out some of the adventure sports on offer in the Yorkshire Dales National Park.

Whether it’s rock climbing or potholing, mountain biking or canoeing, there is something in 2009 for everyone aged between 18 and 25 living in the National Park and from the Keighley, Bradford, Craven and Richmond areas.

Sample sessions are being offered to specific groups by the Go Dales project, which was launched in October and aims to get young people interested in the huge range of adventure activities available it the National Park’s beautiful landscape.

The project is joint funded by Sport England’s Community Investment Fund and the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority (YDNPA) and works primarily with people living around an hour’s drive from Grassington. People from areas fringing the north east of the National Park, such as Catterick and Richmond, may also be eligible to join in.

Go Dales Project Officer Kath Needham said: “As the New Year arrives, we all like to make ourselves resolutions. We may, in the past, have joined a gym determined to get fitter – but often the idea runs out of steam after only a few weeks. Now, with a little help from the project, the resolution to get fit and stay fit could last forever.”

Kath, who is based at the YDNPA’s Colvend offices in Grassington, is offering a package for people to try out in the New Year.

“All it needs is to get together a group of between five and eight friends or work colleagues who currently don’t do any regular activities,” she said.

“We can offer them three sessions to get them going on an outdoor activity of their choice, including canoeing, climbing, mountain biking and geocaching.

“The sessions aim to show them some basic skills and to introduce them to local facilities and clubs they could join if they decide they like it and want to continue with it.

“Clubs provide an ideal place to find new friends who are likely to help them keep to their new healthy ideals – and offer a chance to keep the costs down by sharing transport. Some clubs even have equipment they can borrow to get them started.

“The project as a whole is aimed at eight to 25-year-olds but this particular part of it is specifically for the older end.”

Anyone interested in taking part in the offer can contact Kath by email at godales@yorkshiredales.org.uk or phone her on 0300 456 0030.

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