The heyday of Halifax's sporting prowess may be in the past (or the future if you prefer !) but there is still a thriving sports culture in the town and plenty of scope for optimism. In football FC Halifax Town are playing in the Conference Premier league following three promotions in four years. See their official website www.halifaxafc.co.uk for up to date information on their season. In rugby league, Halifax RLFC narrowly missed out to Widnes on the application to the Super League franchise having met all the criteria required and again missed out in July 2011 when the final license was granted to Wakefield. See their website www.halifaxrlfc.co.uk for latest news, results, fixtures etc.
Both teams share the same ground - The Shay, which, with a capacity of over 10,000 is the largest stadium in the country played in by a non-league football team. The newest and most impressive part of the ground is the East stand, opened in March, 2010. It has a covered seated capacity of 3,500 and is the premier venue for conference & events in Halifax and throughout Yorkshire. The brand new stand is home to a variety of 12 events spaces compromising of a Banqueting Suite for up to 300 guests – perfect
Based at Spring Hall, about 1 mile outside Halifax, the Halifax Harriers Athletics club were voted the UK's best running club on their 125th anniversary in 2009. See www.halifaxharriers.co.uk.
Sport of every kind takes place at North Bridge Leisure Centre, with facilities for pretty much every ball and raquet game there is, plus numerous fitness and martial arts classes. See www.calderdale.gov.uk for details.
Halifax has a large swimming pool which hosts many health and fitness programs (as well as swimming for fun of course), both in the pool itself and the on-site fitness suite. There is also a sauna, a squash court and an area called Studio One, where activities such as studio cycling (spinning), aerobics, yoga and zumba take place.
One of the leading squash and tennis clubs in the North of England, Queens Sports Club has been in existence for over 50 years. See their site at Queens Sports Club for details of their facilities and membership.
There are a number of golf clubs in and around Halifax - Halifax Golf Club is situated at Ogden, near the reservoir and is a fine, if challenging at times, moorland club. Other nearby clubs include West End and Bradley Hall.
There are many amateur football, cricket rugby league and rugby union teams in Halifax and one of the best ways of keeping up with their seasons (other than watching them) is via the Halifax Evening Courier.
for dinners, large meetings, exhibitions & Weddings, 2 Function Rooms for up to 100 guests, The Directors Boardroom for up to 60 guests, 6 Executive Boxes for up to 15 people each – great for interviews & board meetings, with inspiring views of the pitch. The Supporters Bar and The Southdale Bar are both perfect for private parties, celebrations and self catering events for only £120 to hire including a staffed private bar. If you are looking to plan a Meeting, Party or Event see www.calderdale.gov.uk for contact details.