Maureen Cummings has become the first person to join the new Wakefield Community Trust ’100 Club’ and donated £1,000 to the charity.
Maureen made the donation on the back of the recent relaunch of the Community Trust where the Rapid Solicitors Stadium played host to around 100 local business people and community leaders.
Members of the ’100 Club’ will have recognition on the soon to be launched Trust website, a plaque to demonstrate their commitment to the local community and the opportunity for discounted tickets to future Trust events.
“Knowing first-hand the excellent work the Community Trust do in our District I am proud to be able to support them,” said Maureen.
“Their work in our communities promoting healthy activities through sport is very valuable, delivering outreach work in our schools and educational opportunities in the education zone. All this helps give our young people a better start in life.”
Now without the Wildcats in its name but still retaining links with the brand of Wakefield Trinity Wildcats as a tool to inspire and motivate, Director of Education Mark Winder presented the vision for the Trust moving forward, looking to build on the work within the District in recent years that has led to winning the Best Community Enterprise Award at the Wakefield & District Business Awards in 2012 amongst other notable recognition from Heart Research UK and the Rugby Football League.
Those in attendance included 2008 Apprentice winner Claire Young who was presented with some eye-catching facts and figures of the work carried out by the Trust, as well as hearing from Wildcats first team youngster Kyle Trout, whose first ever taste of rugby league came at a Wildcats run Easter Camp that ultimately started his pathway to becoming a Super League player.
Whilst highlighting the excellent work that has been done, Winder also pointed to the many challenges facing the District that include having the least amount of people who are physically active in the whole of Yorkshire and with obesity rate above the national average. He went on to point out the issues over attainment in English and Maths for eleven year olds have been identified as an issue within the district.
Wildcats CEO James Elston, whose administrative career at the club began as a Community Development Officer, spoke of how the Trust will aim to address local issues whilst developing the sport of rugby league by working with schools and local amateur clubs in a targeted and strategic way which would increase participation.
Elston also called on those in the room to become ‘Community Heroes’ by making the vision possible through partnerships, sponsorships and donations plus the exclusive ‘100 Club’ which allows businesses and individuals to show their support for addressing local issues.
Winder explained: “The economic climate now is a lot different to what it was in 2006 when we first registered the Wakefield Wildcats Community Trust as a charity and the sources of funding are no longer what they used to be. Funding for participation in sport is targeting ages 14+, meaning there is now a shortage of under 8’s teams, the grass roots of a sport that is at the heart of this Community and without them, where does that leave the sport in years to come?
“Whilst the funding is no longer there, the need for educational provision and physical activity is still just as vital, if not more so than ever before as the statistics prove. The number of people who attended on Tuesday night shows just how important this is to the people of Wakefield and we hope that with their support we can continue to play a vital role in engaging and inspiring the people in the District.”
If any individuals or businesses would like to find out more about how they can play their part in ensuring the Wakefield Community Trust continues to tackle local issues, please contact Mark Winder via firstname.lastname@example.org.
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