GAYLE and Lynn were just two of the happy munchers at Hunslet Rugby League club’s October Breakfast Cub at the Parksiders’ base at the South Leeds Stadium.       

The ladies, who work for Leeds City Council’s Asset Based Community Development (ABCD) sampled the bacon and sausage baps in the Phoenix Bar recently and, duties allowing, will be back for more every month.       

Long-time Hunslet volunteer Pat Benatmane says: “Small Sparks Grants give up to £250 to locally-run groups who are bringing their neighbourhoods together, helping friendly-neighbour groups get started, bringing together locals who have good ideas to help connect communities and bring back the feel-good factor.       

“They’re part of Better Action for Families CIO who next year will celebrate 20 years of working with groups in the local community.”

She continues: “The Hunslet Rugby League Breakfast Club links past players with their former team-mates to have a good natter over old times and remember games from the past. Wives, families and fans also come down for the famous bacon butties and cuppa (only £2), as well as council workers enticed by the smell drifting through the doors.       

“Small Sparks generously granted the club money to buy two new grills, so that chief cooks and bottle-washers Jack Richardson and Lewis Cardiss – themselves past-players of Hunslet RLFC – can serve the growing number of fans who come down.       

“Don’t worry if you’re a Leeds Rhinos’ fan: we may kid you a bit, but you’ll be very welcome, after all, several of the regulars played for both teams.       

“We meet each Friday from 10am to noon in the Phoenix Bar at South Leeds Stadium, John Charles Sports Centre, Middleton Grove off Dewsbury Road, LS11 5DJ. We’re trying to re-connect with our roots in the community, so why not give it a go, and ‘So we shall again’.”