Wakefield Trinity Community Foundation

Our History

How it started

Our history of Wakefield Trinity Community Foundation was one of the very first Rugby League Football Club charities, having originally been set up in 2006 during the ‘Ted Richardson era’ and was known as ‘Wakefield Wildcats Community Trust’. The vision was to use the power of the Wakefield Trinity badge to engage young people from the local community in activities at Belle Vue Stadium.

Over the thirteen years of its existence, the charity has reached over one hundred thousand beneficiaries, with lead programmes being adopted nationally.

The Trust was extremely prominent between the years of 2008 and 2012 through key projects such as The Learning Zone, Schools Rugby League Development, Wildcat Dolls Cheerleading and the Junior Wildcats Club before experiencing a steep drop in funded programmes and unrestricted income.

Over recent years, thanks to the ongoing support of the Club and other local and national funders, the Foundation has re-built and expanded its programmes as well as rebranding to Wakefield Trinity Community Foundation. Following the appointment of a full time Head of Foundation in mid-2017 the charity stepped up a gear in order to sustain its reach and impact over the longer term, recognising that it needs to have a clear strategy and plans in place for achieving its ambitions. The 2018/19 financial year saw the Foundation collect the Brand Yorkshire Business Awards Charity of the Year Award and more recently, a nomination for Betfred Super League Foundation of the Year in 2019.

This is our first strategic plan, setting out a number of key priorities for the next five years. Our intention is to use this as an overarching framework to guide our operational plans and as the basis for our performance management system, ensuring that what we do is not only effective, but also coherent with our longer term vision.