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.
Michael is the clubs Foundation Manager. He currently plays for Hunslet Club Parkside. Michael has been the clubs development officer now for 6 years. He was a student at South Leeds Academy. Michaels first year at the Foundation he was learning his trade as an apprentice which lead him to achieve his Level 3 NVQ Diploma in supporting physical education and school sport, he has then gone on to gaining his Level 2 Rugby League coaching badge, first aid and safeguarding badges as well as a Level 1 in Triathlon coaching.
After just 3 months into Michaels apprenticeship he took the full-time role as the clubs development officer, balancing his apprenticeship and being responsible for a full-time role as the clubs development officer. His main role is delivering sessions in local primary & secondary schools within the Leeds area and to attract juniors to play the game and to encourage them to join local community teams.
He will also engage with the Yorkshire Junior clubs to arrange pre game curtain raiser fixtures for our first team games.
Michaels work has been a credit to the Foundation over the years, building himself a popular reputation gaining high demand for his work.
Tyler is working for the Foundation on work placement, he is a 23-year-old undergraduate student, studying events management at Leeds Beckett University, Tyler will be working along side the clubs development officer Michael Nuttall starting his work experience from April 2021 up until July 2022. Tyler’s roles will be to take a support role in supporting and engaging with the local community.
Peter has been a big Hunslet RL supporter but he 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 Chairman of the the Ex Parkside players association which is 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, Hunslet Hawks and Hunslet RLFC.
Phil has 39 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 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.
I have been involved with Hunslet RLFC and the Foundation for many years, despite being born on the Wrong Side of the River, and previously working for The Other Professional RL Team in Leeds.
My initial involvement was in setting up the Hunslet Scholarship Scheme – where Junior players, from Under 12 to Under 15, were invited to be coached at the South Leeds Stadium.
I was then approached by Hunslet Chairman Steve Ball – a somewhat maligned figure at Hunslet, but one who helped to keep the club afloat during a difficult time – to join Alan Stephenson in running the off-field operations.
From that point onwards I got the “Hunslet Bug”, which can be quite a costly condition, as I found out by not only working many, many hours for no recompense, but also dipping into my own pocket when the Club was on hard times.
After the Club was put on more stable financial footings, thanks to the input from the Hunslet Independent Supporters Trust, I continued to give my time freely although, more recently, the Club has moved – quite rightly – towards paying office staff wages.
I have certainly seen some highs and lows during my time at Hunslet – although I still regard myself as an oft-cum-den, especially when compared with the many true Hunslet stalwarts that I have had the pleasure to meet.
As I have said to a number of my Hunslet friends, the Club gets under your skin (in a nice way), and it’s impossible to get rid of it – but I wouldn’t want it any other way.