Wakefield Trinity Community Foundation

Wakefield Trinity Community Foundation Head-Up Easter Activities

Now that a busy Easter break has come to an end, the Wakefield Trinity Community Foundation are proud to have kept the children of the district occupied with multiple, fun-filled, action-packed activity camps run throughout the two-week break.

Be The Difference, Tackling Hunger and our Rugby League Development Centre sessions all provided extra-curricular activities throughout the holidays. Find out more about it below…

Tackling Hunger

Our ‘Tackling Hunger’ project was put on to provide families with the support they require, whilst ensuring that children can get enrichment through our activity camps and receive a fresh meal each day.

These camps, operated by Foundation staff, were run over a two-week period, jam-packed with loads of sports activities, whilst we also utilised our long-standing partnership with Community Champions Beverley Kelly and Pamela Abbott at Morrisons to provide all participants with a free meal hamper on each of the 10 days.

As an extra to the project, we also brought back the Rugby-League-themed menu and puzzle booklet which were distributed to Outwood Grange Academies Trust and Bishop Konstant Catholic Academy Trust schools situated across the district.

Each of the six-packs contained a themed menu and puzzle, centred around Wakefield Trinity and Rugby League.

Even though I haven’t been at the Foundation all that long, I am immensely proud to be part of a project like this.

“No child should have to go without a meal and to be able to deliver this initiative is really important to us."

Newly-appointed Head of Health, Wellbeing and Inclusion, Colan Leung

“Keeping children provided with a free school meal throughout the holidays is paramount when it comes to tackling child hunger. Whilst working with the Foundation, we have been able to support around 30 children and their families, which is a great feeling.”

Community Champion, Beverley Kelly

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

Virtual Rugby League Development Centre

With Community Rugby League only just returning to the field, the Foundation’s Rugby League department revamped their face-to-face sessions to fit it in with the Covid-19 guidelines.

Within our Virtual Player Development Centres, over 35 children – aged between 12 and 16 – took part in skill-based and exercise-based challenges with three Wakefield Trinity Under-19 professionals.

These 45 minutes sessions included multiple short activities to improve both the participants’ Rugby League skill level as well as their physical health as they head back to their community rugby league clubs.

These activities were then followed by a 15-minute Q & A with each of the three Academy players, offering inspirational messages on what it takes to reach the top.

"With Community Rugby League on its way back, hopefully, the children involved have had some fun, but most importantly, take some knowledge away from the session.

“By offering the 15-minute Q&A with the Under-19 players, many of the participants will have learned about their journey and what it takes to make it as a professional, whilst gaining some confidence in their own ability.

“Overall, the sessions have been great, and we can’t wait to get back on the field in June.”

Rugby League Development Manager, Josh Riding

Regular sessions are held every school holiday for children aged 12 to 16. Please contact josh.riding@wakefieldtrinity.com for more information on how to get involved.

Be The Difference

Throughout the Easter Holidays, the Wakefield Trinity Community Foundation wanted to use this programme as a catalyst for lifelong social action throughout our participants.

Throughout the two weeks, the Foundation invited children aged between 11-15 to take part in numerous community projects, raising a whopping £490 in the process.

Within the five-day programme, children were split into two groups, sharing their time between stadium-based activities and volunteering with our two community partners, working with Portobello Community Forum and spending time volunteering at Appletree Allotment. 

These activities focused on team building, learning about their community and sponsorship, educating the young people on the importance of social action and the benefits it brings to our local community.

“What the young people involved have achieved throughout the last two weeks have been incredible.

“We have had really high levels of engagement and I fully believe that this programme has inspired young people to go out and contribute to their local communities – in whatever shape or form.

“I am very proud of all the work conducted by both the staff and participants over the past 10 days.”

Speaking upon the conclusion of the event, Project Leader, Kate Hansell.

Our NCS team’s focus now turns to an action-packed Summer 2021 – specifically for young people aged 15-17. For more information on what we have planned, please email Kate Hansell at kate.hansell@wakefieldtrinity.com. Alternatively, to sign up, head to https://wearencs.com/

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