The Batley RLFC Heritage project, Gallant Youths From The Mountain Top, managed by record try scorer Craig Lingard, will officially launch in The Ron Earnshaw Lounge at The Fox’s Biscuits Stadium on Monday 24th April, to coincide with the 120 year anniversary of Batley winning the first ever Challenge Cup. The event starts at 7pm and will be a celebration of the Challenge Cup victory and an outline of the plans to document the history of our club over the next 3 years.

To fund the research, Batley Sporting Charitable Trust has received a grant of £85,300, thanks to National Lottery players. Led by volunteers from the local community, the project focuses on the history of Batley RLFC from its inception in 1880 up to the current day.

The project will research the history of the rugby club throughout the years and will have many different aims. Some of these aims include issuing a heritage number to all players who have represented the club at first team level, the development of a standalone heritage web site, developing and delivering an educational programme to 1000 local school children as well as increasing volunteer hours within the local community. There will also be the development of a hall of fame and a display of memorabilia and artefacts that showcase the proud history of the club.

Rugby League has been played at Mount Pleasant since 1880 and when Wakefield Trinity’s Belle Vue ground closes at the end of the year in will become the oldest continuous rugby league ground in the world. The ground is not only important to the history of rugby in Batley but to the history and heritage of the game and this project will allow that history to be researched and celebrated.

Commenting on the award, Batley Sporting Charitable Trust Chairperson Beverley Nicholas said, “We are delighted to have received the support and funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund to research the history of this proud club. The rugby club has played an integral part in the town of Batley through the years and we believe that this is a great opportunity for us to be able to celebrate that. This project will allow us to connect and educate a whole new generation of young Batley people about the history of the club whilst at the same time increasing voluntary hours and engagement within the community.

Batley Sporting Charitable Trust has received a grant of £85,300, thanks to National Lottery playersfor an exciting project, Batley’s Gallant Youths from the Mountaintop. Led by volunteers from the local community, the project focuses on the history of Batley RLFC from its inception in 1880 up to the current day. The project will officially launch on Monday the 24th of April with an event held at their home ground, the Fox’s Biscuit Stadium, that coincides with the 120 year anniversary of Batley winning the first ever Challenge Cup.

The project will research the history of the rugby club throughout the years and will have many different aims. Some of these aims include issuing a heritage number to all players who have represented the club at first team level, the development of a standalone heritage web site, developing and delivering an educational programme to 1000 local school children as well as increasing volunteer hours within the local community. There will also be the development of a hall of fame and a display of memorabilia and artefacts that showcase the proud history of the club.

Rugby League has been played at Mount Pleasant since 1880 and when Wakefield Trinity’s Belle Vue ground closes at the end of the year in will become the oldest continuous rugby league ground in the world. The ground is not only important to the history of rugby in Batley but to the history and heritage of the game and this project will allow that history to be researched and celebrated.

Commenting on the award, Batley Sporting Charitable Trust Chairperson Beverley Nicholas said, “We are delighted to have received the support and funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund to research the history of this proud club. The rugby club has played an integral part in the town of Batley through the years and we believe that this is a great opportunity for us to be able to celebrate that. This project will allow us to connect and educate a whole new generation of young Batley people about the history of the club whilst at the same time increasing voluntary hours and engagement within the community.

The evening is open to all with a £5 admission which includes a pie and pea supper or a pint! Tickets are available from craiglingard@hotmail.com or on the door.