posted on 15 August 2014

The Wakefield Community Trust will run an Urban Street Sports pilot scheme in conjunction with Groundwork Wakefield after receiving funding from the Safer Communities Fund.

Groundwork Wakefield, operations director, Graham Ratcliffe presents Wakefield Trust Chairman, David Oxley CBE.

The Urban Street Sports pilot scheme will take place across an eight-week period starting later this month and will see the Trust staff work with their counterparts from Groundwork Wakefield to engage young people living in the district to deliver positive diversionary activities using sports as a ‘hook’ to positively engage the young people.

Sessions will be held in late afternoon and early evening to allow maximum uptake for those aged 11-25 and will involve fitness, boxercise, dance, football and rugby, with approximately 80 young people anticipated to benefit.

The weekly outreach sessions will be organised to give the young people the opportunity to get involved in a number of team games and fitness sessions organised by Groundwork Wakefield and Wakefield Trust staff.

A celebration event at the end of the program will be attended by members of the Wildcats first team squad who will participate in the sessions with the young people.

The aim of the program is to provide sporting opportunities at a grassroots level, particularly aimed at those who have not participated in this type of activity previously. The sessions will be organised in a fun and informal way to break down the barriers for young people to participate in team sports and to inspire those who may not have been interested, inspired or engaged in team sports previously.

Groundwork Wakefield aim to work with the community to bring about positive change in people’s lifestyles and the environment by building safer, stronger, communities where people are connected to their neighbourhood and also promote learning by delivering skills and training that enables sustainable employment and enterprise for all.

This project will give the young people living in the area a positive diversionary activity to take part in over the summer and autumn period.

The funding from the Safer Communities Fund is delivered through the West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner, Mark Burns-Williamson.

“This is the first time we have had the chance to work with Wakefield Trinity Wildcats and boy are we excited,” enthused Groundwork Wakefield, operations director, Graham Ratcliffe.

“This gives us a real opportunity to work with young people through rugby and you never know, we might just find the next Danny Kirmond or Daddy Cool!”

David Oxley CBE, Chairman of the Wakefield Community Trust, commented: “We’re excited to work with Groundwork Wakefield on this project and to engage and inspire even more young people in the district.

“We’re incredibly grateful for the funding from the Safer Communities Fund and are looking forward to providing a positive outlet for young people within Wakefield.”

Mark Burns-Williamson added: “I am delighted to be able to provide Groundwork Wakefield with the money that will allow them to provide an invaluable service to our local communities. This money was from the second round of my Safer Communities Fund and a total of £412,000 has now gone to good causes across West Yorkshire.”

The third round of the Safer Communities Fund is now open for applications, for more information please visit

Dates for the pilot scheme will be released in due course.


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