Wakefield Trinity Community Foundation

Wakefield Trinity Community Foundation turns 15

Wakefield Trinity Community Foundation has been supporting its community for a decade and a half as we celebrate 15 years as a Rugby League charity.

After being inaugurated 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.

Fast forward a couple of years, and under the supervision of James Elston, the Community Trust was introduced with the aim that it would be a self-sustained charity, aiming to engage, develop and inspire community activities.

Through the formulation of the Trust, a vision was mapped out, starting with Health and Education of the surrounding areas. With the help of Wakefield Council, the Trust put in place a strategy to improve people’s health, through the use of sport and physical activity.

Following all this success in the early days, the Foundation’s educational strand has gone from strength to strength, highlighted further in 2021 as we launched our Trinity Education department.

The development of education across the community has been the bases for the Foundation’s growth, securing first-class School Sport Partnerships contracts with Outwood Grange Academies Trust and Bishop Konstant Academies Trust, whilst also introducing STREAM Education, Traineeships & Apprenticeships, Adult Education and our Onside provision.

As well as their education vision, the rust mapped out areas to improve social inclusion and physical activity amongst the district. This work has continued further, with both our Health, Wellbeing & Inclusion department – holding over 24 projects – as well as NCS – who commit to social action projects throughout delivery.

These four departments now make up the Wakefield Trinity Community Foundation, as well as a whole host of projects we run throughout the year,

Some of which include our disability sides – which holds three teams and over 50 participants – The Big Feed – which delivered over 30,000 meals in six months – and our community women’s teams, who aim to develop sport amongst women & girls throughout the district.

Amongst all the projects we offer, the Foundation has also been nominated for and won some prestigious awards over the years, claiming the Brand Yorkshire Business Awards Charity of the Year Award in 2019 before being nominated for the Super League charity of the year award in the same year.

As a Foundation, we are extremely proud of the projects we offer, and we hope that we can continue to support our community for a further 15 years.

If you, or anyone who know, has an enquiry about the Foundation and the projects we offer, please email info@wakefieldtrinityfoundation.co.uk.

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