Community Clubs Engagement
We have engaged with 9 community clubs with Queensbury coming on board for 2019 and potentially Wyke joining us. We offer 1st team player ambassadors to all club, offered holiday camps to all clubs free of charge. Each club got a community day at the Shay Stadium for a Halifax RLFC match day, with fan zones, half time activities and parade for each club. Over 1550 have attended through this initiative including players, parents and coaches. We also had a community club festival at our home game v Toronto with 500 of our local community club members getting involved. The Foundation have worked on special projects with 2 of our community clubs, linked to RFL support. Halifax RLFC also offered and gave away over 700 FREE season tickets to all junior registered players off the Yorkshire Junior League data base.
Halifax RLFC Heritage Lunch club
Formed on the back of our successful Heritage Lottery funded project, Thrum Hall XIII. We hold monthly events at a local supporters’ hub (pub in town centre) where each attendee gets a 2 course meal and a guest speaker from Halifax RLFC’s past talks about their time and memories playing and being involved at Halifax RLFC. The Club is aimed at over 50’s but is open to all, and welcoming to those with memory issues and other disabilities. We regularly have over 35 attendees each month, mostly being over 60’s, which helps with isolation issues and improves mental wellbeing through our heritage talks. We have got former Halifax players attending on a regular basis which has resulted in them re-engaging with former teammates that they haven’t had any contact with for years since they left the club.
Our successful Blender Bikes have been out and about throughout Calderdale again in 2019 with various groups of all ages getting involved in the activity. We have delivered the project in venues such as The Shay, The Piece Hall, in various Council activities including 6 weeks delivery in their youth and play services department. We have had over 5000 hits over the year, including over 3000 at the Piece Hall.
Faxettes and Bluebelles Cheerleading Team
What we feel has been the jewel in the crown this year within our community. The team continue to go from strength to strength with the team currently standing at 95 dancers aged between 3 and 24. Halifax RLFC’s dance team are now one of the largest within the rugby league family. More details of their activities are below within our most successful project. The performances at home games has brought in £2,500 in ticket sales throughout the season and have had over 500 dances (hits)
Coaching with Sky Try
We managed to secure funding from the RFL to deliver the highly successful Sky Try project for 2019/20 academic year. We plan to link with all our community clubs to offer coaching support in their local junior schools to assist recruitment for their junior teams by offering playing opportunities and signposting then to the clubs. We also run a girls program in high schools that link to the 3 community clubs who run girls sections. All delivered by our 2 great community player/coaches Jacob Fairbank and Ben Kavanagh.