Hunslet Rugby Foundation has been active since July 2014 during which time we have established our Mission Statement “Using the power of Sport to promote the values of a good human being”
To be an integral part of South Leeds Community Life, creating strong and sustainable communities by working with partners to support all age groups and inspire generations through Rugby League.
Our Vision will be achieved through 4 pillars of activity: Health, Education, Heritage and Social inclusion
We will create an environment to support learning and to contribute to the improvement of attainment, confidence and employability.
Steve has been involved full time in Rugby League for over 30 years. A chairman of Batley at 28 he was acknowledged as being the foremost expert on sport related grants.
Steve was Chief Executive at Hull FC, a director at Leeds Rhinos for 10 years and is a former acting Chairman at Hunslet Hawks. All clubs made significant progress during his respective tenures.
He was instrumental in Charity Foundation work, significantly at Leeds.
Steve is currently General Manager of the Rugby League Benevolent Fund and is a former Director of the Rugby Football League.
Peter has been a big Hunslet RL supporter but I never played Rugby at school.
He first started to play the game at the age of 15 when he joined the Hunslet Supporters under coach John Groves., progressing through the under 17s then the under 19s Peter was invited to stay on and play 2nd team rugby, in the 1965-66 season he relinquished his amateur status and signed for the club.
Peter made his first team debut in the 1966 – 67 season against Leeds at Parkside and went on to play 44 first team matches before transferring to Bramley in 1971 then on to Halifax and Huddersfield
In 1985 Peter returned to Hunslet as first team coach of New Hunslet when their home ground was Leeds United’s Elland Rd.
During his time as Hunslet’s coach the team won 2nd division title gaining promotion and we also played in the Second division Premiership final in the 1st ever double header at Old Trafford.
Peter continues his involvement through his role as xxx for the Ex Parkside players association said to be the most exclusive club in rugby league.
Peter’s role as a Trustee of the Hunslet Rugby Foundation helps bring together the history of Hunslet (Parksiders) New Hunslet and Hunslet Hawks.
Phil has 35 years service with Northern Powergrid, formerly Yorkshire Electricity, as a management accountant. He became involved with the Hunslet Independent Supporters Trust in 2012 as treasurer and became Finance Director for the Hunslet Hawks in 2013. In 2014 Phil switched to the Community Director role at the club. Phil brings a strong sense of governance and compliance to the team of Trustees as well as a passion for the South Leeds community. A keen runner he volunteers at Cross Flatts Parkrun most Saturdays and was instrumental in the creation of the South Leeds Lakers running group in 2015.
Martin joined the Hunslet Rugby Foundation in April 2014 bringing a wealth of experience in both the community and the professional game having been involved in rugby league as a player, coach match official, volunteer and administrator for over 35 years. Including 11 years as Regional and National Development officer for the Rugby Football League
Cllr Judith Blake is the Leader of Leeds City Council, Executive Board Member for Economy and Culture and Ward Councillor for Middleton Park. She has been an elected member since 1996.
Prior to being elected Leader of the Council in May 2015, she served as Deputy Leader of the Council for 5 years and also a member of the Executive. In her time as a Councillor she has covered a wide range of portfolios including Children & Families, Planning, Education and Leisure. She was Deputy Leader of Leeds City Council from 2010 to 2015 and has previously chaired the Development and Sustainability Scrutiny Board. Cllr Blake currently chairs the Council’s Executive Board and has also served as board member for NHS Leeds the West Yorkshire Police Authority.
Cllr Blake works closely with many community groups in her Ward of Middleton Park and is a governor at Westwood Primary School.