Batley Sporting Foundation - "Uniting communities through sport"

The history of the Batley Sporting Foundation

Batley Rugby League Club has always sought to support and be an active part of the community of Batley. Over the years it has been involved in many ways, such as working in schools and with young people and other community groups. This has involved funded workers, the staff of the club, and volunteers.

A few years ago when external funding came to an end, it was decided that the best vehicle to continue and expand that work would be to set up an independent charity. The charity would be separate from the club working closely together, using the facilities and the valued expertise of the club, with an emphasis on sport but not be limited to sporting activity.

Thus the Batley Sporting Charitable Trust (now the Batley Sporting Foundation) was formed some 5 years ago. The trustees were all people closely associated with the Batley Bulldogs, projects that could be self-funded went ahead such as work in schools, Holiday activity clubs for children and match day activities.

However, two projects requiring large-scale funding were proposed; one to celebrate the heritage of the Batley Club by identifying every player who had worn the shirt, giving them a heritage number, and setting up a Hall of Fame for those who had made an outstanding contribution. The second project would recognise the diversity within the community of Batley and seek to promote cohesion across gender, ethnicity, and age. National Lottery Funding was sought and obtained for these two projects and this has enabled the employing of workers, assisted by volunteers to see those project aims achieved.

It is the hope of the trustees that these projects will promote pride and celebrate the relationship & mutual support of the club with the whole community of Batley.

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Our Newsletter

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January Newsletter 2020

April Newsletter 2020

May Newsletter 2020

June Newsletter 2020

July & August Newsletter 2020

October Newsletter 2020

December Newsletter 2020

September Activity Timetable 2021

Our Vision

Our vision is to promote mutual respect for all ethnicities, ages & genders and to mobilise the local community using the power of sport and other means. By working together with the community on local projects and events, we aim to bring a sense of ownership, belonging and pride to all members of our community and beyond

Our Aims & Objectives

Strands

  • Gender diversity
  • Ethnic diversity
  • Age diversity

Aims

  • Enhance the local community and surrounding areas
  • Achieve a common vision with local residents, community leaders and community groups
  • Encourage a sense of belonging and raise pride in locality
  • Engage with community members to develop positive relationships

Objectives

  • To create a safe and neutral discussion space accessible to all
  • To bring people together from all ages and backgrounds to work together on community led projects
  • To improve tolerance and raise awareness of others from all backgrounds
  • To use sport to promote health & wellbeing for all

About Our Work

Rugby League Memories 

This session in partnership with Looking Back, is aimed at tackling the issues of memory loss and social isolation in a fun, friendly and welcoming way. Our sessions have returned! Join us at the Batley Bulldogs Stadium!

Every Thursday 10am – 11.30am

Schools

We work with schools in the Batley, Birstall, Heckmondwike and Dewsbury area, to provide lunch clubs & structured PE classes and also to deliver Mission Active Kirklees sessions.  Our sessions promote physical activity in a fun and engaging way, encouraging children to stay active as part of a healthy lifestyle.

If you would like to know more, contact details are at the bottom of the page.

Community Gym

We promote fitness for all abilities and run free community gym sessions, on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday mornings, train your own way or join in with group sessions. Our current timetable is below, when we add new sessions we will advertise them here and on our social media pages:

Monday 9.30am Ladies Only

New ladies only Community Gym session, this pay as you feel session is perfect to improve your fitness.  All fitness levels welcome and female coach on hand to answer your fitness and nutrition questions!

Contact Clare 07475 019009 [email protected]

Tuesday 8am Community Fitness for the Over 55’s

Improve your health & get fit in 2021. Get fit at your own pace with friendly qualified trainers in our Community Gym. First session free then £2

Tuesday 9.15am Community Fitness open session

Improve your health & get fit in 2021. Get fit at your own pace with friendly qualified trainers in our Community Gym. First session free then £2

Thursday 8am Community Fitness for the Over 55’s

Improve your health & get fit in 2021. Get fit at your own pace with friendly qualified trainers in our Community Gym. First session free then £2

Thursday 9.15am Community Fitness open session

Improve your health & get fit in 2021. Get fit at your own pace with friendly qualified trainers in our Community Gym. First session free then £2

Contact [email protected]

Community Projects

We will be running a number of projects with the community in mind, these projects will be community-led and will be accessible to all. Watch this space for details of upcoming projects and events. If you have any idea for a community project or would like to help with one as a volunteer, send us an email with the contact details below.

 

M.E.N. Move Enjoy Network

Move Enjoy Network is our new project aimed at improving men’s mental health and fitness. There will be informal sessions around walking & chatting and recently introduced, men only gym.  There will also be an opportunity for participants to get involved in our other activities, such as our Community Gym. We are also looking for volunteers for these sessions, for more information get in touch with Clare or Jon.

Tuesday 6.30pm Move Enjoy Network M.E.N. Gym

Take the first steps to improve your wellbeing, exercise and chat to likeminded men. Weekly gym session for men 30+

Tuesday 7.30pm Move Enjoy Network M.E.N. Walking

Take the first steps to improve your wellbeing, exercise and chat to likeminded men. Weekly walking group for men 30+

Thursday 10.30am Move Enjoy Network M.E.N. Walking

Take the first steps to improve your wellbeing, exercise and chat to likeminded men. Weekly walking group for men 30+

Thursday 6.30pm Move Enjoy Network M.E.N. Gym

Take the first steps to improve your wellbeing, exercise and chat to likeminded men. Weekly gym session for men 30+

Who We Are

The Foundation is run by a board of voluntary trustees, all of whom are heavily involved in the club and are passionate about the work of the trust.  We also have an amazing Community Team of staff and volunteers, meet them below:

Clare Black – Community Engagement Manager

Clare joined the Foundation in February 2019 as Community Engagement Manager.  Clare has been volunteering with More in Common in Batley since 2017 and is a member of Batley Community Choir, which has helped her make many local connections and learn about the communities in Batley and surrounding areas.  Out of work, Clare likes photography, the gym, and the outdoors.

Jon Humpleby – Community Engagement Officer

 

Jon is a long-standing and well-respected member of the Community Team, Jon has a passion for community work and is a very popular face at the Mount. Jon runs Community Gym and works on the M.E.N. project.

Andy Walker – Gym Instructor & Volunteer

Andy is a big Batley Bulldogs fan and joined the Community Team as a volunteer in 2019.  Andy has recently passed his level 2 Fitness Instructors course and runs Tuesday & Thursday evenings Men only sessions.

Dan Winner – Volunteer & Coach

Dan has a long history with the club, previously working as a full-time Rugby League Development Officer for the Bulldogs. Dan now volunteers for the Foundation coaching in schools, helping on match days and also with the holiday clubs, as well as juggling a full-time trade as a plasterer.  Dan has been playing rugby since the age of 7 and started coaching at just 16 at Batley Boys ARLFC and continues to coach Tots ages 3-5 and also the Open Age second team.

Paul Wood – Volunteer & Coach

Paul aka Woody, is an experienced coach and member of the Community Team. Woody spends much of his time doing the important work of coaching in schools, running PE, lunchtime and after school sessions, you can also find him at the Fox’s Fanzone on matchdays

Mohammed Ashfak – Volunteer

Mohammed joined us in 2019 as a volunteer, he is a very keen cricket supporter and is hoping that England manage to win their Ashes bid this year!

Bilaal Ashfak – Volunteer

Bilaal is currently doing Duke of Edinburgh Bronze award and has chosen 3 months for volunteering and skills and 6 months for the physical aspect of the course.  He likes football and badminton and supports Manchester City and England, he also likes rugby and supports Batley Bulldogs.

Our Partners

Fox’s Biscuits

Third Sector Leaders Kirklees

The Jo Cox Foundation

Kirklees Council

More in Common Batley & Spen

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you are interested in becoming a corporate or community partner with us, please contact the Community Engagement Managers on the details below.

Contact Details