Wakefield Trinity Community Foundation

A huge success | Summer 2021 Round-Up

After a year of uncertainty due to the pandemic, Wakefield Trinity Community Foundation’s Summer camps re-found their feet in 2021, with how Rugby League, NCS and Health, Wellbeing & Inclusion departments going from strength to strength.

See below what we got up to…


Summer NCS raises £1,646 for local communities

Wakefield Trinity Community Foundation is delighted to announce that our NCS participants raised over £1,600 for local communities across the district.

Over eight weeks of NCS delivery, Wakefield Trinity staff delivered over 40 days’ worth of activities engaging 159 young people.

Throughout their experience, participants enjoyed days out to both Dearne Valley, Kingswood and Xscape’s Snozone as well as enjoying interactive workshops from HMP Not 4 Me, Loud Speaker and Gamcare.

These activities set the foundations for the young people to conclude their two-week NCS experience by planning, preparing and delivering their own youth-led social action projects, which aimed to both give back to local community groups as well as enrich community funding.

Throughout the NCS programme, participants benefitted from learning key transferable skills at both the Mobile Rocket Stadium and off-site with one of our wonderful community partners, equating to 3990+ hours of volunteering experience.

Speaking upon the conclusion of the summer programme, Wakefield Trinity, NCS Manager, Kate Hansell, is delighted with how our participants encapsulated the community spirit.

“It was great to see all of our young people really shine over the past couple of months,” Kate explained.  

“To raise that sort of money for the community is unbelievable and all young people should be really proud of the legacy they have left across communities in Wakefield”.

“I can most definitely look back on this summer with pride.”  

The Foundation will be now distributing the funds out to our charitable partners over the coming weeks, and we would like to take the opportunity to thank them for their time, flexibility and support over the last few months…

  • Stride Theatre
  • Featherstone Lions
  • Guide Dogs
  • Friends of Valley Gardens, Pontefract
  • Appletree Allotments, Agbrigg

Here at Wakefield Trinity, our NCS department is always on the lookout for young people aged 15-17 hoping to add to their CVs and bag the skills to put their best foot forward in adult life.

If you require more information on the once-in-a-lifetime experience, please email ncs@wakefieldtrinity.com.


Rugby League

Foundation’s Summer Series programme hailed as a huge success

Wakefield Trinity Community Foundation is delighted with the response to our most recent Summer Series programme, which helped 37 young players onto the Rugby League ladder.

After two months, six sessions, three games and one festival, last Wednesday, our final Summer Series session came to an end in a State of Origin-style battle between Wakefield Blue and Wakefield White.

A competitive tussle between two of Trinity’s finest England Talent Pathway participants was the fitting end to a project that brought so many community clubs together.

Starting on Wednesday, 30th June, players from 10 different junior clubs situated across the district came together to get an alternative view of how Rugby League is played, from our experienced staff members.

Following their intensive sessions at Eastmoor, players found themselves testing their newfound skills in typical ‘game situations,’ with competitive matches being arranged against York and Leeds.

Through the club’s support games were played on the Mobile Rocket Stadium pitch, offering all players the opportunity to replicate their favourite professionals as well as getting a taste of a professional Rugby League setting.

Following the completion of the 2021 programme, Rugby League Development Manager, Josh Riding, was delighted with how the 37 players conducted themselves and believes there will be a few ones to watch in the future.

“Each participant who took part in the Summer Series programme was a credit to their community club and will have, hopefully, developed their knowledge and understanding over the last six weeks.

“Sessions were run in the same format as our scholarship sessions, offering further insight into professional Rugby League.

“We are looking forward to finalising plans for a bigger and better 2022!”

For more information on the Rugby League programme we provide, please email josh.riding@wakefieldtrinity.com.

Trinity on Tour reignites Rugby League in 2021

Wakefield Trinity Community Foundation is pleased to confirm the success of our Trinity on Tour camps, in which over 120 players attended.

Through our blossoming relationship with community clubs up and down the district, the Foundation relaunched our Trinity on Tour camps for 2021, in the hope to reignite the spark associated with junior Rugby League.

With that in mind, over a two-month period, our coaches visited six of our Outreach and Ambassador clubs, with the aspiration to incorporate all the aspects that make community rugby so worthwhile, with fun and enjoyment coming at the top of our agenda.

As well as the camps, participants were also joined by two of Wakefield Trinity’s current stars, with everyone receiving both a match ticket and a certificate.

Speaking upon the completion of the event, Rugby League development Manager, Josh Riding, was astounded by the interest and was happy to pick up where they left off in 2019.

“Junior Rugby League is something that is very important to the Foundation and to be in the position to offer increased development to the young players of the district is great!

“To miss a year due to the pandemic and come back with over 120 participants in 2021 is great to see and I hope they all feel they have developed their game.

“We are very much looking forward to expanding in 2022.”

For more information on the other Rugby League programmes we offer, please email our Rugby League Development Manager, Josh Riding, at josh.riding@wakefieldtrinity.com


Walk with Wakey

Foundation’s Walk with Wakey regarded huge success

Wakefield Trinity Community Foundation is delighted to announce that Walk with Wakey raised over huge funds to support the continuation of our projects.

On Saturday afternoon, over 15 participants geared up to walk from Wakefield’s Mobile Rocket Stadium to Castleford’s Mend-A-Hose Jungle ahead of the side’s west Yorkshire clash.

Over the course of the day, the party walked over 8.5 miles in just over two-and-a-half hours, completing the walk at 6:45pm.

Event lead and participant, James Stephenson, was delighted with the amount of money raised and hopes 2022 will be both bigger and better, “I am really pleased with how everyone pulled together to support our projects.

“With the support of Cllr Maureen Cummings, Minster Law and everyone else, I am hugely proud of what we achieved.”

To celebrate our 15th year as a Rugby League charity, Walk with Wakey was introduced to bring further funds into the organisation to support our current and future projects.

Since the start of the pandemic in March 2020, the Foundation has used the power of community spirit to support both the elderly & vulnerable, most recently with our Big Feed and Connect Again projects.

With recent support, the Foundation will continue our dedicated work in the community, hopefully providing for another 15 years.

We would also like to take the time to thank both Minster Law – who supplied six participants – as well as Cllr Maureen Cummings – who raised over £800 on her own.

If you require any more information regarding the Foundation and our projects, please email info@wakefieldtrinityfoundation.co.uk or go to www.wakefieldtrinityfoundaton.co.uk.


Health, Wellbeing & Inclusion

Working to Tackle Hunger in Wakefield

Wakefield Trinity Community Foundation was pleased to continue our support of the ‘Tackling Hunger’ campaign throughout the summer holidays.

The project aims to provide for families that require support, whilst ensuring that children can get enrichment through our activity camps and receive a fresh meal each day.

These camps, operated by Foundation staff, ran on special dates throughout the Summer at Crigglestone All Blacks RLFC and were jam-packed with loads of sports activities for children to enjoy.  

Activities involved included Rugby League, Football and loads of different games to keep the children occupied throughout the week. Following this, we, once again, partnered with Morrisons’ Community Champions to provide a free school each day.

Speaking on the success of the project, Head of Health, Wellbeing and Inclusion, Colan Leung, was proud to lead a project that supports children throughout the school holidays.

“We have run this project in the past and have had huge success with it,” said Colan.

“Our staff do an excellent job in creating fun, engaging activities for the children to enjoy and to have Morrisons on board to supply free school meals is great.

“It is a perfect way of providing for our community in the best way possible.”

While Morrisons’, Beverley, followed, “Keeping children provided with a free school meal throughout the holidays is paramount when it comes to child hunger.

“Whilst working with the Foundation, we have been able to support around 30 children and their families, which is a great feeling.” 

The Wakefield Trinity Community Foundation are determined to fight back against child hunger and will do all we can to make a difference to our community.

For more information about the project, please email colan.leung@wakefieldtrinity.com.

The Big Feed hailed success upon completion

Wakefield Trinity Community Foundation completed ‘The Big Feed’ over Summer 2021, delivering over 30,000 meals to the elderly.

Over a six-month period, the Foundation – along with our partners including Wakefield Council – delivered meals three times per week, with around 1,500 meals being delivered from both the stadium and our numerous hubs.

Working with these hubs, we identified the most vulnerable in our society, offering them a freshly cooked meal, while we have also been in partnership with Age UK Wakefield, who have helped spread the word.

This successful programme all stems from the success of our 2020 Big Feed, where we delivered over 1000 meals in eight days to both the elderly and people struggling within the district.

Throughout the event, the Foundation were supported immensely by LD Nutrition, with Lee and Dawn Westerman going above and beyond every time called upon.

Speaking following the completion of the event, project lead, James Stephenson, said, “What we have achieved over the course of the last 20 weeks has been incredible.

“The way that everyone throughout the district has come together to support their community has been incredible and we are proud to have made a difference.

“Leading this project has been a great experience and one I will take pride in for the rest of my career.”

While, Cabinet Member for Communities, Poverty and Health, at Wakefield Council, Cllr Maureen Cummings, followed, “What the Foundation has done over the past few months with the Big Feed is amazing.

“Along with their respective partners, the number of people they have supported throughout the district with freshly cooked meals has made a great difference.

“Everyone at the Wakefield Recovery Board is delighted with the way the project has both progressed and succeeded.”

With the Big Feed now coming to an end, we have loads of other projects going on throughout 2021.

For more information about the sorts of projects we offer, please head to our website on www.wakefieldtrinityfoundation.co.uk or email us at info@wakefieldtrinityfoundation.co.uk.


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