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Northern Arts Factory Dance & Drama

Updated April, 2021 Our mission here at Northern Arts Factory is to nurture your children’s confidence so that they blossom, learn and shine. From their earliest days, children have a natural urge to dance, sing and perform. We will empower your child by creating a safe space for all children to experiment whilst having fun,…

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Brods Tots Rugby Classes

Kids fancy giving rugby a try? With the World Cup currently on our screens, are the kids getting interested in giving rugby a go? The Old Brodleians in Hipperholme has a great reputation for being a welcoming and family-friendly rugby club and they are currently recruiting boys and girls of all ages from three years…

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Gymnastics Classes – Utopia Gymnastics

Little U’s, structured classes for children aged 2-4. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 9.30am & 10.15am and Sundays at 9am (3-4 year olds). Mini U’s (4-5 year olds) Mondays and Fridays at 4pm and Saturdays at 9am. Utopia Gymnastics, Units 1& 2, Prince of Wales Mill, Brighouse. 01484 717428.

Utopia Gymnastics

Recreational and competitive gymnastics, one-to-one coaching, parties and holiday camps. Units 1 & 2, Prince of Wales Mill, Birds Royd Lane, Brighouse. 01484 717428.

Splash Swim Academy

(lessons running whilst in Tier 3 – updated January 2021) Term time lessons for children aged four and above, with crash courses available during school holidays.  Lessons run Tuesday to Friday, 4-7pm, and Sundays 9am-5pm. Rishworth School, Woodhouse School (Brighouse)  and DW Fitness (Halifax). Splash Swim Academy, 07852 543 316.

Mark Duffy Football School

Boys and girls football sessions for children aged 8-11. Fridays, Crossley Heath School, 5-6pm. Boys and girls. Mondays, Sowerby Bridge High School, 6-7pm. Boys and girls. Sundays, Beech Hill School, 3-4pm. Girls only. £5 per person, per session. Mark Duffy Football School, 07488 383417.

Copley Cricket Club

Cricket Club with a thriving juniors section, and member of the Halifax Junior Cricket League. There are teams in the U9’s, U11’s, U13’s, U15’s and U17’s age categories. There is also a girls team (South Halifax Girls). Recently signed up to ECB’s new initiative for 4-7 year olds. Copley CC, Copley Lane, Halifax. Phone 01422…

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Here at Calderdale Mumbler, we know how important it is to find a great horse riding school that you trust. We’re always looking for recommendations. If you have any suggestions, simply drop us an email at

Twinkles Netball Club

Netball club for girls aged between 7 and 19. Qualified coaches and lots of fun and fitness. Twinkles Netball Club, Inspire Centre, Calderdale College, Halifax. Contact Helen on 0797 265948.

Halifax Hockey Club

Hockey club open to anyone aged five upwards. Halifax Hockey Club, Park Lane Learning Trust, Exley, Halifax. 07909 576350.

Independent Martial Arts

Martial arts school for adults and children in Halifax.  Also runs Boothtown Junior Karate Club, which caters for children aged 6 to 15. IMA Halifax , North Bridge Leisure Centre, 01422 847877. Boothtown Junior Karate Club, St Bernard’s Roman Catholic Church Hall, Range Lane. 01422 364248.

Calder Thai Boxing Academy

Thai Boxing school in Halifax town centre. Classes for adults (from beginners onwards) and kids, with beginners starting at 5 years old. Calder Thai Boxing Academy, Berwick Mill, Halifax. 07767 898975.

Creative Dance Centre

Updated January 2021 Classes for tots, children and adults. Genres include musical theatre, street & jazz, dancing tots, adult dance, tap & modern and classical ballet. Musical Theatre School Holiday Workshops available . Creative Dance Centre, Springvale Works, Brighouse. Phone 07377 883 522.

Northowram Pumas Juniors Running Club

Our junior pumas running club gives children aged 5+ the chance to experience running and enhance their running skills. Northowram Pumas Running Club. See online for details.

Shugyou Shotokan Karate

Karate club with classes to suit all abilities and ages. All club training takes place in our fully matted and kitted out dojo just off the centre of Halifax. Training runs 7 days a week with classes to suit all abilities and ages. All sessions are taught by the Chief Instructor with assistance by senior…

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Halifax Sports Acro

Provides sports acrobatics gymnastics for children aged 4 upwards. Sessions include beginners, development and recreational, and aim to provide a child-friendly safe and supportive environment where gymnasts can reach their full potential working at their own pace. Sessions held at Greetland Community Centre and Brooksbank Sports College, Elland. Halifax Sports Acro. Contact 01422 311989.  

Diamonds Gymnastics Club

Sessions offered for all abilities, from preschool and beginners to international performers. Classes include acrobatics, cheer, men’s artistic, team gym, tumble, women’s artistic, display, general gymnastics and trampolining. Sessions are held at either Holmfield Works or Ladyship Mills Diamonds Gymnastics Club, 01422 349559.

Amphibi-Kids Swim Academy

Children of all abilities love the Amphibi-Kids experience. Whether your child is a complete beginner or can swim a little, we’ll have a class that’s just right for them. Classes are for children aged 3+ and our fully qualified and insured teachers teach in the water. Class sizes are small (max 6 children). We follow…

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Splash Swim Academy

Private swimming lessons, offering between 4 and 6 pupils per group, or private one-on-one sessions. Taught at Rishworth School, Halifax DW Fitness and Brighouse Woodhouse School. Splash Swim Academy. Contact 07852 543316.

Children’s Swimming Lessons – Council-Run Pools

Currently on hold (updated January 2021) Classes range from Aquababies (6 months – 2 years), Aquatots (2-4 years) and Ducklings  (3-4), who are accompanied in the water with a responsible adult. Contact your preferred pool for details. AQUABABIES (parent/guardian in the water too): Brighouse Pool: Mondays, 10-10.30am; Wednesdays, 10.30-11am & 11.30am-noon Sowerby Bridge Pool: Mondays,…

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Swimrite Leisure

At Swimrite we offer tuition for every level of child. We have smaller classes (1 instructor to 6 pupils) with water-based instructors. Sessions include: Adult and Baby, with nursery rhymes, games and playing with baby-specific equipment, Ducks (3-5 year olds) and Beginners (5+) Classes are taught at Swimrite School of Swimming, Ploughcroft, Halifax, and Swimrite…

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Puddle Ducks Swim Academy

Swimming classes for older children, individually tailored to suit each child. With actibities to suit each child’s age and confidence, lessons are full of songs, rhymes, games and activities, working towards your little ones swimming independently, safely and happily. Taught at various locations throughout Calderdale. Puddle Ducks Swim Academy. Contact Jenny on 0113 8267253.

Ogden Otters

Swimming lessons and baby and toddler swimming in a warm, well-lit pool. All the changing rooms have baby changing tables with ample seating in reception where people can enjoy a coffee while watching our large screen TVs. Baby and toddler swimming: Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday mornings. Swimming lessons: daily. Ogden Otters, Ogden, Halifax….

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The Little Samurai Club

The Little Samurai Club offers fun martial arts classes for 3-5-year-olds in Brighouse. Tuesdays, 4pm-4.45pm; Thursdays, 4.30pm-5.15pm; Saturdays, 11am-11.45am. The Little Samurai Club, A One Business Park, Brighouse. Contact 07761 973553.

Little Strikers

Little Strikers encourages all aspects of mental and physical development through football, for children aged 1-6. Thursdays, 1pm-1.45pm, Play Palace, Halifax; Saturdays, 9.30am-10.15am and 10.30am-11.135am, Play Palace, Halifax; Saturdays, 10am-10.45am and 11am-11.45am at Brighouse Central Methodist Church. Little Strikers, Thursdays and Saturdays. Classes in Halifax and Brighouse. Contact 07896 202334.

Rugger Ratz

Rugger Ratz is a fun, energetic introduction to rugby, designed to give your child a head start with the sport skills that are essential for many different sporting activities. Age 2-3: Saturdays, 10.15am-10.45am. Sundays, 10am-10.30. Age 3-5: Saturdays, 9.30am-10.15am, 10.45am-11.30am. Sundays, 10.30am-11.15am. Age 5-6: Saturdays, 9.15am-10am. Sundays, 9am-9.45am. Age 6+: Saturdays, 10am-10.45am. Rugger Ratz, Inspire…

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Queens Sports Club

Tennis coaching for children aged four and upwards. Sessions include Mini Red/Orange (aged 4-10) and Junior Beginners (aged 9-11). Queens Sports Club, Moorlands View, Halifax. Contact Simon Taylor on 07887 952321.

Elland Tennis Club

Coaching runs from Easter to October half term. Sessions include Red, where your child will learn all the basic strokes, Orange/Green where they adapt to using a higher bouncing, smaller ball over a bigger court, and Juniors, where they play on a full-size court with full tennis balls. A free taster session is offered before…

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Rastrick Tennis Club

Coaching programmes to cater for children aged two and upwards. Classes include Teenie Tennis (pre-school parent and toddler class for children aged 2-4), Red 2 (aged 4-7), Red 1 (aged 6-9) and more. A free taster session is offered before signing up. Rastrick Tennis Club, Carr Green Lane, Rastrick. Contact Andy on 07876 718968 or…

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Halifax Dance Academy

Long established dance school providing tuition in tap, jazz, street, musical theatre, breakdancing and adults ballet. Halifax Dance Academy, Greenwoods Mill, Halifax. Contact 01422 849780.

Miss Stacey’s School of Dance

(updated January 2021) Classes include ballet, parent and child dance, cheerleading, tap, acro, street and musical theatre. Miss Stacey’s School of Dance, Hayley Hill, HX3 6ED. Contact 07791 209353.

Abigail Warburton Stage School – Ripponden

Stage school with classes including Early Years Street, Junior Cheerleading, Junior Contemporary, Acro, Advanced Ballet and Senior Acrobatics. Abigail Warburton Stage School, Stones Methodist Church, Ripponden. Contact 07921 656 652.

Dance Arena Ballet and Stage School

Tuition for beginners to adults in RAD Ballet, ISTD Modern Dance, ISTD Tap Dance, Musical Theatre Classes, Melody Movement pre-school classes and Adult Tap. Classes held at several locations including Holywell Green, Elland, West Vale, Greetland and Brighouse. Dance Arena Ballet and Stage School, Halifax. Contact 01422 357678 0r 07715 326729.

Dance Unlimited

Dance Unlimited teaches creative and contemporary dance at Ravenscliffe High School, Skircoat Green, Halifax.  Age 11 years and over. Saturdays 1pm-2pm. Dance Unlimited, Skircoat Green. Contact 07958 975998.

Sarah Hitchen School of Dance

Our dance school follows the highly-regarded ISTD syllabus (Imperial Society of Teachers and Dancing). We teach classes in ISTD ballet, tap and modern jazz for children aged three to adults. The school operates from the Conservative Club in Todmorden. Sarah Hitchen School of Dance, Todmorden. Contact 07929 576785.

Dance 4 All

Dance 4 All is a dance school in Halifax providing classes across Calderdale for the past 18 years. We offer classes for age four and up in Commercial Jazz, Contemporary, Tap, Modern, Ballet, Street, Creative Dance and Drama. Dance 4 All holds two annual shows, a summer show at the Victoria Theatre and a Christmas…

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Lightcliffe Academy Sports Centre

A fantastic local community sports centre basted at Lightcliffe Academy, open for public use. Open weekdays from 6pm-9pm and Saturday 8.30am-6pm, Sunday 8.30am-5pm. Lightcliffe Academy Sports Cent, Stoney Lane, Halifax. Contact 01422 200499.

Iconic Gymnastics Academy

Pre-school and recreational gymnastics with classes during the week in Greetland, Elland, Rastrick and Norland. The club is affiliated with British Gymnastics. Iconic Gymnastics Academy, 07468 596489.

Jessica Francis Dance

Principal Jessica Francis welcomes you to her school of dance. A friendly local school teaching ballet, jazz, street, tap, Lyrical M.T. and Acro. Jessica Francis Dance, Lightcliffe Club, Hipperholme, 07961 858242.

Crossley Juniors

Crossley Juniors have been running for 30 years with young people of varying ages. Mini-soccer is played by boys and girls as well as fun or competitive football in the local league. Crossley Juniors, Whitley Centre, Halifax. Contact Mick Gavan, 07891 074 026.

Theatretrain Halifax

Drama classes, dance classes and singing classes on Saturdays during term time. Our stage school brings out the best in students, builds confidence and gives aspiring young actors opportunities of a lifetime via our large scale London shows and our smaller local shows each year. Theatretrain, Trinity Academy, Halifax. Saturdays. Contact 07903 001 587.

Square Chapel Youth Theatre

Our youth theatre classes introduce children to the magic of theatre in our professional theatre spaces, focussing on building confidence and social interaction whilst developing skills in these fun and creative sessions. Square Chapel Youth Theatre, Square Chapel. 5-7 years: Saturdays, 10am-11am. 8-12 years: Saturdays, 11am-12.30pm. 01422 353 073.

Stage Door Studio Theatre Workshop

Classes for children to learn how to act, dance and sing, aiming to stimulate young people to gain confidence, be creative, develop communication skills and have fun in the world of theatrical arts. Besides staging musicals each year, Stage Door Studio Theatre Workshop takes part in many charitable events. Stage Door Studio Theatre Workshop, St…

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Whiteley’s Academy of Performing Arts

Updated January 2021 A family business with family principles at the heart for students aged 2-19. With all aspects of dance and stage covered, there is so much going on all year round with an annual performance at the Victoria Theatre, pantomimes, summer clubs, performances at Disneyland Paris, London and more. Whiteley’s Academy of Performing…

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Limelight Theatre School – Drama and Musical Theatre Classes

Limelight Drama gives children aged 5-12 the chance to create characters, help write scripts and perform in our amazing shows at Halifax Victoria Theatre. At Limelight Musical Theatre classes, children will enjoy learning songs from popular movies, West End and Broadway productions and eventually perform them live on stage. The Limelight Studio, Rastrick. Drama: Tuesdays,…

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Calderdale Theatre School

Youth theatre for young people in Calderdale. We run theatre skills classes for our members and also put on regular productions at Square Chapel, Halifax and elsewhere. We meet every Saturday in term time and the students get the opportunity to work with professional actors and teachers on all aspects of theatre, including mime, improvisation,…

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Little Cheer LW Danceworks

Cheerleading at Calderdale College. Little Cheer LW Danceworks, Calderdale College, Wednesdays, 5.15pm-6pm. Contact Laura 07868123902.