HUNSLET Rugby League club’s unfailingly proactive and imaginative development team has announced a mammoth Community Club Summer Festival, which will involve 40 junior teams from ten top amateur clubs.

The event, which has been organised by the Hunslet Rugby Foundation’s officers Mikey Nuttall and Tyler Finister in conjunction with the Luke Gale Academy, will be hosted by National Conference League outfit Hunslet Warriors on Sunday 31 July. And, in addition to Rugby League action involving Under 10s, Under 9s, Under 8s and Under 7s teams from as far afield as Hull to the east, and Lancashire to the west, the day will include a wide range of entertainment for all the family, including live music, dancing troupes and an array of stalls.

All proceeds will go to the Hunslet Foundation and Luke Gale Academy charities. Nuttall, the Foundation’s general manager, said: “We have gone from strength to strength this year, adding Tyler to our team as well as Hunslet Warriors’ Lee Robinson, who was brought on board to help out on match days, when we have curtain-raisers at the South Leeds Stadium ahead of Hunslet’s home games in Betfred League 1.

“Lee and I discussed the idea of arranging something even bigger, giving more teams from Yorkshire and Lancashire the chance to compete in a festival at a local junior club, and that conversation led us to where we are now.”

Nuttall continued: “The festival will be a great way for teams to come together on what will be a great day; Luke and his team jumped on the idea of the festival straight away, which was only to be expected really as the partnership between the Hunslet Rugby Foundation and the Luke Gale Academy, which is in its first year, has been great. We can’t wait for the day to come around now; I am sure it can become a regular occurrence.”

The Foundation, meanwhile, remains highly active in development work, including for sports as a whole beyond Rugby League, in local schools; more announcements will be made in the near future.