Drighlington ARLFC


Your story

We are a community Rugby league club based on the border between Leeds and Bradford. We run teams throughout all age groups starting at a development age of 4-6 and progressing to open age teams. We are a self-funding organisation and rely on the help of volunteers and the support of our community to fund our work.

Group introduction

Set up in 1973 our club is run on a pure volunteer basis. Our aim is to allow children to experience rugby league, children who may not have had the opportunity in the past. We would like to help children develop new skills and give them the opportunity to continue playing with older age groups in the future. We promote our team within the local community and work closely with local schools often offering free taster sessions by one of our coaches to try and attract new players. Most importantly we also try to instil in the children the importance of a healthy lifestyle and exercise. For those children who decide rugby league is not for them, we hope they will take this on board in their future life.
Our main aim is to allow children from our community access to a quality, safe and secure environment to experience rugby league free at the point of use.

How would this funding have an impact on your community?

To continue to deliver free training sessions to children we need to continually develop our volunteer coaches and other volunteers. We run a program of professional development to ensure that all volunteers have the necessary skills required to fulfil their role. Unfortunately training is not free and along with the legal Child Safe Guarding requirements each year the club needs to spend hundreds of pounds ensuring that we maintain our volunteer’s qualifications.
A measure of the success of our club is the attraction of new players to our game. However this success means that we are under continual pressure to provide the equipment, training facilities and kit to allow our junior team to continue playing.
Securing of this funding will allow our club to purchase additional training equipment such as tack bags, pitch markers and balls and provide barriers for safe spectating of our games.

""Rugby league, more than a game, a way to live our lives" Andrew Newton, Press Officer."

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