Halifax RLFC foundation

Calderdale Community Coaching Trust

The Calderdale Community Coaching Trust was established in 2004 and became a 

Charity and Limited Company in 2007. We are a registered Charity (Charity No 

1122685) and the official Charity of Halifax Panthers RLFC. We deliver projects and 

activities across the district of Calderdale and neighbouring areas. 

Our Vision

To be a leader of positive change in Calderdale, helping to improve health, well-

being, education and life chances for all our communities through the power of sport 

and activity.

Mission Statement

To be an integral part of life in Calderdale, creating strong, sustainable and inclusive 

communities by working with partners to support all age groups and inspire 

generations through sporting and wellbeing activities.

Our Values


We embrace diversity as an essential component in the way we work with 

our community. We will treat people fairly and promote diversity, equality and 

inclusivity, using use sport to break down prejudice and celebrate difference.


We conduct ourselves with the highest levels of probity, honesty, 

transparency and fairness in all our decision making and in our treatment of one 

another. We hold ourselves, collectively and individually, accountable to do what is 

right in all aspects of the charity’s operations.


We are tenacious and prepared to go the extra mile to serve, and 

improve the life chances of, our community. and doing the right thing


We passionately believe in in the power of sport to inspire and motivate 

individuals to create positive changes in their community and we are 

proud to be at the heart of our community


We will set and maintain high standards for respectful behaviour and build 

trust and collaboration with our colleagues, volunteers, partners and end users by 

doing what we say we will do and acting as good role models.


We have a culture of supporting and empowering individuals and groups to make decisions, develop and lead to create sustainability in all that we do.

Our Projects

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.

Blender Bikes

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.

Frank Watene

Frank is a retired professional rugby league player. Having moved to England over 20 years ago he has held concurrent roles as a community delivery manager across Yorkshire, winning awards with both Dewsbury RLFC and Halifax RLFC for contributions to communities. 

Frank changed careers and held several operational roles for Delta Force Paintball UK and Europe. He is currently a training manager for St John Ambulance.

Martin Flynn

I have extensive experience of strategic sport development and delivery at local community, Regional and National level. With a proven ability to work across diverse agendas or specifically within one subject, my success has relied on my in depth understanding and expertise of factors affecting sport. Factors such as barriers to increasing participation growth and sustainability.

My experiences include

  • 7 years Operations Manager in Local Authority Leisure Services
  • 11 years Regional Development Manager for Rugby Football League
  • 3 years CEO of a Semi professional Rugby League Club
  • 10 years Director of North Yorkshire Sport (County Sports Partnership)
  • Rugby League Player, Match Official, Coach, Coach Educator, Administrator

Martin Uttley

It has been my pleasure to support my hometown team for over 40 years and as a sponsor over many of the last 17 years. I have been a trustee for the Foundation for over three years whilst continuing to run my own local business in Pye Nest where I have worked for over 32 years. I have also been a committee member and fund raiser for the Parkinson’s Society Halifax Branch for over 11 years. 

Jaswant Singh Chatha

Born in India, 56 years old when to Heath Grammar School and played rugby at many local rugby clubs including Halifax RLFC Colts/reserves and Halifax Rugby Union club. His family is well known locally for their retail business and are now a national and international business. Jas has also been involved in many local charities, acting as a fundraiser and trustee, raising funds for the charities and also donating fund for equipment such as de-fibs within our communities

Now into developing and renovation properties throughout West Yorkshire. Jas now 4 children and 4 grandchildren. Jas is happy to be involved in making peoples lives better and currently promoting “The Bearded Runner” mental health awareness programme

Michael Steele

Michael is a retired former Private Practice Solicitor. Current Trustee of and former Chairman of Waterhouse Charities and former Trustee of Overgate Hospice and Chairman of Popples Almshouses. Born, bred and worked throughout his whole career in Halifax, supported Halifax RLFC from childhood and served as a Director from 2002 to 2017 for much of which period he was Chairman.