Wakefield Trinity Community Foundation

Vision, Mission & Our Strategy

The purpose of our charity is to deliver a service that is rated as “best in class” by our participants, funders and community partners. A service that is recognised as highly successful in making a significant social contribution; changing lives and providing opportunities for all participants, particularly the most hard-to-reach and hard-to-help members of society.

Wakefield Trinity Community Foundation must be ambitious, dynamic and agile if it is to become the charity of first choice for donors, sponsors and grant-awarding bodies.

Our vision

‘To be the most effective charity, both nationally and internationally, that uses sport as a tool to identify and support vulnerable people and help to change lives for the better.’

Our Mission

Wakefield Trinity Community Foundation works in partnership with many individuals and organisations on a local, national and international level. Through the use of a comprehensive variety of sporting and social opportunities, Wakefield Trinity Community Foundation states that: 

‘Through the positive promotion of sport, physical activity and the brand of Wakefield Trinity Rugby League Football Club, we are committed to providing high quality, accessible participant and development opportunities that positively change lives and bring enjoyment to our communities.’

Our strategic aims

Who we support

We invest in a responsible and sustainable way, addressing the key social issues where we can have the greatest impact and helping the most vulnerable people.

We have an inclusive approach to our work and support people of all ages, gender, ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds.

We help people who are in the greatest need and who face the toughest challenges, including the ‘hard-to-reach’ and ‘hard-to-help’ members of society.

We provide life-changing opportunities particularly for young people, aiming to give them a fresh start in life and opportunities to grow, develop and become active and engaged members of society. We support and improve the lives of over 24,000 people every year.

Where we invest

We are committed to acting responsibly and investing in the communities in which we operate to deliver a positive social and environmental impact. The work that we undertake is dependent on the social need in that area and the local provision that already exists.

We recognise our responsibility towards the immediate community in which Wakefield Trinity Rugby League Football Club operates and endeavour to provide opportunities to support their needs.

Our support extends across the city of Wakefield as well as extending our reach into the surrounding areas of Hemsworth, Ossett and Crigglestone.

We deliver programmes on behalf of the Rugby Football League and share our knowledge and expertise with other Super League & Championship clubs across the country.

Finally, we also operate internationally and deliver support overseas in Nigeria, adopting a club and providing an opportunity to play Rugby League. In addition, where we feel the opportunity is right, we also share our knowledge and best practice overseas.

Our key challenges

Comprising the local authority wards from Hemsworth, Wakefield East, Wakefield West, Pontefract South and Wakefield North, the Wakefield District contains some of the most socially and economically disadvantaged areas in the UK. In overall terms, the area is ranked 65th most deprived based on an average of deprivation ranks 1 and has some of the UK’s highest rates of child poverty with approximately a third of all children in the above listed wards being classed as such.

The area fares poorly in relation to a whole range of health indicators, with significantly higher rates of smoking, alcohol abuse, obesity and mental ill health than the national average.

Despite all of the challenges, Wakefield District, through the local people and businesses, has a great enthusiasm to improve. Wakefield Trinity Rugby League Football Club unites people across the area to inspire and engage and we aim build on the unique strengths and role of the Club to raise aspirations and change lives.

Tackling some of these long- standing and deep rooted socioeconomic challenges by harnessing the power of sport and the Wakefield Trinity ‘brand’ has been at the very heart of WTCF’s work since its inception. Ensuring it focuses its energy and resources in the most effective way possible in the years ahead remains the key to its future success.