Health and wellbeing

Funding level: £10,001 to £25,000


Rochdale Hornets Foundation will foster the growth and development of 4 new rugby community sessions across the 4 townships of Rochdale (Pennie, Rochdale, Middleton & Heywood). The specific aim of this project is to link schools to 'community sport' and bridge the gap between novice introductory rugby and club rugby. The project will specifically target beginner children aged u9's and u11's.

This is an exciting time for our charity who's aim is to increase the number of young people playing and succeeding through Rugby League. Five schools in each borough will recieve 10 weeks of after school rugby league coaching (20 schools). All school children will be actively signposted to the new community session (township team). The township teams will play weekly all year round (40wks) and enjoy mini festivals against each other.

Working with Amateur Rugby League clubs (Mayfield, Cobras & Littleborough) The Foundation will create a pathway for interested children to join club rugby. The long term vision for this project is to sustain the delivery through subs and volunteer community involvement. We plan to build upon a successful township model by forming new Rugby teams in the Middleton and Heywood area in 2018/19.

Outcomes: Increase the number of young people playing rugby league across the 4 townships. Increase the number of young people transitioning into club rugby league. Develop a pathway between schools, community and club rugby. Increase the number of volunteer parents getting involved with the game. Increase the number of young people and parents joining the Hornets Rugby League club on match days. Build the foundations for 2 new clubs in Middleton and Heywood.

Outputs: 20 schools receiving after school session for 10 weeks (200hrs) of coaching. 4 township sessions of 2hrs per week over 40 wk period (320hrs). 4 mini township festivals encouraging all participants to play (12 teams) // Targeting 30 children per school to try rugby league (600). Targeting 20 children per township team (80). Attract 12 volunteer parents to get involved within the game and up-skill 6 to become level 1 coaches. Deliver curtain raisers on match days with the township teams and parents being welcomed as VIP guests at the Hornets games.

We are asking for £6,000 per township team (£24,000) to help cover coaching costs in schools and the community. Funding will help cover pitch hire the purchase new equipment and kit. Each child attending the township session will receive a free t-shirt and ball, helping them feel valued and part of the team. The award grant will also be used to fully fund up to 12 volunteers through courses, helping them get involved in Rugby.

We hope that people will vote for our project. For a cost of £35pp you are helping each child access upwards of 60 hours of rugby league coaching. The funding will go along way to help increase the number of people playing rugby league, whilst promoting a healthy and active lifestyle. Rochdale is rated the 16th most deprived area in the country with many of our children coming from low income households. This is our chance to grow the game and your chance to improve the lives of children and young people in Rochdale through sport.

For more information and to get involved with the project please email foundation@hornetsrugbyleague.

Rochdale Hornets Sporting Foundation

Rochdale Hornets Rugby Club have a proud tradition and heritage. The Foundation have a fantastic reputation and proven track record for developing programmes. We are immensely proud our project work with children, and we hope you will support our work to develop more opportunities for young people.

Location: Sandy Lane, Rochdale OL11 5DR, United Kingdom