The Leeds Rugby Foundation took a step closer to its aim of giving every schoolchild the opportunity to play and watch the game as Mears Group joined as main sponsor.
The Foundation’s three year plan for Leeds includes coaching in schools, training coaches at grassroots clubs such as Beeston Broncos and Hunslet Warriors and their “Days To Remember” scheme that takes children and their parents to South Leeds Stadium or Headingley to watch a professional game.
Mears’ involvement will boost these activities as the Foundation is able to expand its staff and programmes. The Foundation, which won Foundation of the Year at the recent Man of Steel Awards, will also be able to take 20 youngsters to the World Cup opening ceremony in Cardiff on 26 October and expand its annual Leeds Children’s Day event.
Mears is the parent company of Morrison who provide the repairs and maintenance service for many council homes in South Leeds. Tony Bower, Managing Director of Mears Group plc said:
“Mears are committed to playing a key role in the Leeds communities and we have been very impressed with the work of Leeds Rugby Foundation and their vision. It’s so important to provide opportunities for youngsters and we are delighted to be playing our part.”
Lucinda Yeadon, Executive Member for Leisure and Skills, Leeds City Council, said:
“It’s so important this year that we turn the excitement of the Rugby League World Cup into participation. Leeds Rugby Foundation’s work is powerful and inspiring. Rugby League is a team sport and it’s great to welcome Mears to the team.”
Barry Eaton, Head Coach at Hunslet Hawks said:
“Working in South Leeds schools as I do, I’m so pleased with this support from Mears which will now enable us to provide even more support.”
Watch out for South Leeds Life’s profile of Lois Forsell, England Women’s international and Hunslet Hawks’ Development Officer, coming later this week.