HUNSLET Rugby League Club are, through the Hunslet Foundation, successfully intensifying development work in the south Leeds area as the country continues to emerge from Covid-19 lockdown restrictions.

Michael Nuttall, who has accepted the role of the foundation’s manager after having previously been a very active development officer, has (with Neil Dawson, who has taken on the position of the foundation’s finance director) helped cement the foundation’s immediate and longer-term future by enlisting the help of bid-writers, whose professionalism has helped secure vital funding through their `We Raise the Game’ drive.

That funding will ensure that productive work in schools in Middleton can continue while on Wednesday (9 March) work will resume with the Luke Gale Academy, with a free touch and pass session for over 40s at Hunslet Warriors from 6.30pm to 7.30pm.

In addition, an `over 65s’ club takes place every Monday, from 9.45am to 11.45am, in the Phoenix Bar at Hunslet’s base at the South Leeds Stadium, when free teas and coffees are served. “Everyone can have a good chinwag about Rugby League history – and the present,” says Nuttall, who adds: “We’ve also launched a `return to play’ initiative, aimed at 14-to-16 year olds, to help them get physically active again after the lockdowns and which are being held at the three Cockburn schools in south Leeds, every Tuesday and Wednesday, after school.

“Our aim at the Hunslet Foundation, which owes much to a board that has really stepped up, is to be even bigger and better as we finally emerge from the lockdowns.”

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