Sports in Huddersfield
Written by Ryan Wilkinson and Jake Bowyer
English and Popular Culture MA by Research and Journalism BA(Hons) students
Huddersfield Town Football Club was founded in 1908 and they play their home games at the John Smith’s Stadium, off Leeds Road. Huddersfield Town have a rich history in the game and in 1926 became the first English team to win three league titles in a row. Most recently Huddersfield Town won promotion to The Championship in 2012 and will be hoping to push on and gain promotion to the Premier League.
If you want to get involved with playing football for a team in Huddersfield there are dozens of amateur teams to choose from. There are eight divisions in the Huddersfield & District Association Football League from which to pick your team. If you’d just prefer a friendly kick around with some friends Soccer City has excellent pitches for hire every day of the week as well as competitions running all the time.
Huddersfield is the birthplace of rugby league dating back to 1895 when the initial meeting to form the league was held in the George Hotel. They play their home games at John Smith’s Stadium and were founded in 1864. They are currently licensed to play in the Super League which is, along with the league in Australia viewed as one of the best leagues in the world. The Giants have an illustrious and decorated history having won the prestigious Challenge Cup six times.
The University of Huddersfield has excellent links with Huddersfield Giants and Huddersfield Town and students can often take advantage of discounted tickets. Keep an eye on the Student Union twitter feed for more information!
If you want to get involved with some sports that are not so typical look up Huddersfield’s very own American football team – The Huddersfield Hawks. The team is run from the University itself, and is the largest sports team on campus, attracting more than fifty players every year. If you feel like giving it a go, training takes place on Tuesday nights at 8.00pm until 10.00pm at Storthes Hall, and also Sundays 10.00am until 2.00pm at different venues. The best way to keep up-to-date with the Hawks is by ‘liking’ their Facebook page.
There are a number of boxing clubs in and around Huddersfield which you can go to keep fit including: Rawthorpe Amateur Boxing Club and Muay Thai Kickboxing Club.
If you like sports that are a little more easy-going there are a number of golf courses scattered around Kirklees including: Huddersfield Golf Club, Bradley Park Golf Club and Outlane Golf Club to name a few. There is also the Direct Golf driving range situated next door to the John Smith's stadium.
If you enjoy horse riding or have always wanted to try it Huddersfield has a number of horse riding clubs which can teach you how to ride, or make sure you can carry on with your hobby if you’ve ridden before. With the picturesque pennine scenery it can be an excellent way of unwinding and relaxing.
At Huddersfield Sports Centre you can get involved in a number of different sporting activities including: swimming, yoga, cycling, pilates, body combat, zumba, T’ai Chi, and boxercise. You also have the opportunity to book courts to play badminton, football, squash or bowling. If that isn’t enough they also have a climbing wall which is 10 metres high.
Xscape at Glasshoughton off junction 32 on the M62 offers an array of different and extreme sports all under one roof including: TenPin bowling, 4D Golf and LazerZone, there is also adventure golf, which is not just for children!
Xscape is probably most famous for its indoor snow slope. Measuring a staggering 170m in length and covered with over 1700 tonnes of fresh snow – it's about as close as you can get to the Alps in the UK! You can also book online so it’s very easy to have some fun.