About the Trust
The Tigers Trust
Tigers Trust is the registered charitable arm of Castleford Tigers RLFC, Charity No. 1121748. The Trust aims to promote positive lifestyle choices amongst the young community and their families across Castleford and the surrounding Five Towns area and beyond. This is achieved through an integrated and dynamic programme across sport, dance, health, social and employment opportunities.
In line with the club's ambition and achievements, Tigers Trust has a clear vision to achieve success for the community it serves and to be an example of excellence and best practice for a sporting charity. Utilising the strength of the internationally recognised brand of Castleford Tigers and the high profile of players of the club (past and present) the Trust's mission:
Together we will enhance the lives of the men, women and children of our community. We value diversity by creating opportunities for all.
Inspire those who may not be inclined or have minimal interest in Rugby League to participate in our projects by creating exiting, vibrant programmes and events which promote health and well-being.
Generate, develop and sustain levels of interest and participation in a wide range of community organisations by engagement through both sport and non-sport based initiatives.
Enrich the experiences of those involved in community organisations by ensuring our projects deliver best-in-class educational and developmental opportunities which deliver life-long learning for all.
Realise the potential of our community by embracing the pride, passion and rich heritage it holds.
Share our club with those who hold it dear and reach out to those who may not yet have had the opportunity to become a part of OUR CLUB, OUR CAS, OUR COMMUNITY.
* Steve Gill
* Bill Clift MBE JP (Chair of Trustees)
* Steve Jennings
* Kevin Lloyd
* Stephen Ball
For all enquiries about Tigers Trust or its projects then contact Tigers Trust Community Manager, Tim Rumford on 01977 552674 or email@example.com
The Castleford Tigers Paws Dance Academy
Do you want to dance at Castleford Tigers home game? Do you want to make new friends and stay fit? Why not come along to our very own Castleford Paws Dance Academy.
The Paws train every Wednesday evening down here at The Mend- a- Hose Jungle in preparation to entertain the crowds. We run several classes catering for children aged between 4 and 18 years old. Each week the students are taught routines designed to enhance their performance skills, boost confidence whilst helping to stay fit and healthy.
The Paws perform at most Castleford Tigers home games plus community events in the surrounding areas. The students also are given opportunities to dance at larger sporting events such as The Rugby League Challenge Cup Final held at Wembley Stadium and The Magic Weekend which is being held at St James's Park Newcastle this year, with the RL Cares dance program " Join The Momentum".
Each class is age and ability specific and is taught by members of our own professional dance team The Claws lead by Michaela Anderson the Dance Development Officer here at the Tigers. Anyone is welcome to join the classes from the most novice of dancers to the most experienced, so why not come along and join the fun.
Please see below all details and times -
All classes are held at The Mend-a-Hose Jungle on Wednesday evening, with registration in the Tiger Bar. The Academy runs in term time only unless stated in which case information will be given out to parents and pupils.
- Tiny Tots - 4:45pm till 5:30pm
- Juniors - 4:45pm till 5:30pm
- Intermediates - 5:30pm till 6:30pm
- Seniors 6:30pm till 7:30pm
All class prices are £3:50, if you want to pay for terms in full you can do so, information of prices will be given out on registration.
Registration forms and information letters are given out to parents and pupils on registration of first class regarding uniforms etc.
If you or your child would like come along please contact Michaela Anderson 07812664092
Castleford Paws Dance Academy Normanton Satellite Club - Embrace
Alongside our Castleford based Dance Academy we also run a satellite club called Embrace, this club is run by one of our dance development officers and Claws member Sara Jones.
The classes are run on Wednesday evenings at 26 Wakefield Road Altofts Normanton, WF62BT from 6:00pm till 7:00pm and is aimed at pupils 11 years old and above. Same as The Paws, Embrace perform at Castleford Tigers home games and events in the local area. Classes are priced at £3:50.
For more information please contact Sara Jones on 07872572032.
The Tigers match day experience
A small number of places remain for local junior clubs to benefit from the hugely popular Tigers match day experience.
Junior teams taking part have been enjoying:
Mini match before kick off (weather dependent)
Participation in the guard of honour as the teams enter the field
Half time game (weather dependent)
The club has received fantastic feedback from clubs who have taken part in the match day experience so far this season.
Teams interested should contact Tim Rumford, Community Trust Manager on 01977 552 674 - firstname.lastname@example.org
I just wanted to drop you a quick line to thank you and all the staff we met yesterday. We were made to feel very welcome and all the staff in and around the ground were very approachable and helpful. The day itself was really well organised, with a fabulous itinerary. The boys and their families really enjoyed the action packed day - it was by far the best event (courtesy of any SL club) that we have attended to date.
Tracy & all at Thatto Heath Crusaders U9's.
I just wanted to thank you and your colleagues for the hospitality shown to Hull Wyke players & parents at our visit to the Probiz Coliseum. I know It will be a day for all the team to remember. Can you please pass on our thanks from all the players, parents & coaches at Hull Wyke to all of the staff at Castleford Tigers. If you ever require teams to attend matches in the future we would definitely take you up on another offer.
Phil Clarke, Hull Wyke
I would like to take this opportunity to thank the community team and the coaches for a most enjoyable evening last Friday. From the start on the pitch with Keith the team enjoyed the session and it gave me the chance as a coach to listen and observe someone else in action. The two academy lads were a credit to the club and were more than able to answer the questions put to them and they answered them at a level the lads could understand. The food in the marquee then rounded off a great session. The half time presentation I think will stay in the memory of the lads for a long time not for being on the Castleford Pitch, not for being so close to the teams on their return for the second half and not for meeting two super league players. But for being able to stand with the cheer leaders I have not seen 19 players stand with such wide smiles as theirs. Once again on behalf of the Players, Coaches and Parents of Garforth Tigers Under 12s may I thank you all for an enjoyable evening.
Colin Horner - Under 12s Coach & Club Secretary.
JT and Tigerman requests
Castleford Tigers' mascots 'JT' and 'Tiger Man' are available to make appearances in Castleford and the surrounding areas.
'JT' or 'Tiger Man' are often available to make appearances on behalf of schools, non-profit making organisations and community events (depending on availability).
The club mascots are also available for hire.
Our very own JT is now available to hire to help make your childs birthday extra special.
Please contact Sara on 07872 572032 for more information or email email@example.com
To download the form click here
Tigers Junior Academy
Our Tigers Junior Academy returns this September.
Tigers Trust, the charitable arm of Castleford Tigers, are delighted to be bringing back the Tigers Junior Academy for a second block.
The programme was trialled during July/August and was huge success.
Starting on Monday 25 September, these two sessions will run weekly at the Glasshoughton Centre (on the 3G pitch, Leeds Road, Glasshoughton, Castleford, WF10 4PF).
17:15 - 18:00
Funzone sessions are for 7-9 year olds. The children will play games and be coached skills by professional coaches and Castleford Tigers players*
18:15 - 19:15
Headstart sessions are for 10-12 year olds. Core skills will be coached in these sessions in preparation for entering the England Talent Pathway (ETP). Sessions will be run by professional coaches and Castleford Tigers players.*
Speaking about the programme Tigers Trust Community Manager Tim Rumford said: "We are delighted bring our Tigers Junior Academy back for a second block. Our Academy will be delivered here by fully qualified level 2 & level 3 coaches from the Tigers Trust and our partners TC Performance Academy.The aim of this programme is to give the children extra core skills learning opportunities - including exploring safe defensive techniques , running mechanics , passing and catching skills."
The sessions are open to children of all abilities and the programme is suitable for children who are looking to try the game for the first time as well as children who already play in clubs and schools.
Sessions will run for the following five Mondays: 25th September, 2nd, 9th, 16th and 23rd October. You can book the full block of five session for your child for just £20.00. To book a place download a booking form here and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org
*Castleford Tigers Player will be in attendance at various sessions over the five week block subject to availability.
Employability Skills Programme
Regional Community Fund backs Tigers Employability Skills Programme.
The charitable community arm of Castleforf Tigers, Tigers Trust, is one of 29 projects awarded a share of £153k grant funding from a regional fund supporting local communities throughout Yorkshire and Humber.
Bids were received from a diverse range of excellent projects working to support communities.
Tigers Trust are pleased to announce the launch of a brand new and exciting pilot project; Employability Skills Programme. It is designed for young people aged 16 to 25 years that may be struggling to find a job and may want some help with developing their skills in this area. The transition from school to work is often a daunting process and Tigers Trust community team would like to support local young people to do this. The next programme starts on Monday 7 August and runs for four week (7, 14, 21 and 28 August) from 10am to 1pm at the Mend-A-Hose Jungle stadium, home to Castleford Tigers RLFC. Attendance is required at all four session.
The weekly sessions will focus on topics to support young people to become ‘work ready’. This will include looking at skills such as leadership, teamwork, communication and resilience. There will also be sessions covering job applications and applying for jobs.
Tim Rumford, Tigers Trust Community Manager, said: “We’re so pleased to have received these funds that will help us build on our existing work and offer another strand to our ever-growing community activity.”
To take part in the Employability Skills Programme or for more information then please email email@example.com The programme is FREE and there are limited places. Places will be allocated on a first come, first serve basis.
The EN:Able Community Investment Fund is generated through Efficiency North’s procurement frameworks for construction and maintenance schemes for social housing. The Fund is targeted at local projects that are sustainable over the long term, provide local employment opportunities, encourage self-sufficiency and that will also provide long term benefits for the wider local community, reflecting the 4 strategic aims of Efficiency North’s vision.
Efficiency North’s Social Value Manager Paul Mitchell commented: “The standard of applications was exceptionally high this year with some very close scoring and strong competition between so many excellent local projects. It’s great that Efficiency North can generate so much funding for such a diverse range of initiatives but we always like to do more and intend that EN:Able funding will again increase substantially when it opens next year.”
For more information about the fund and a list of all 29 projects backed this year please go to: http://www.efficiencynorth.org/what-we-do/community-investment-fund/
Family Rugby League with Castleford Tigers
Castleford Tigers are pleased to bring back their successful programme designed to get families active: Family Rugby League with Castleford Tigers.
This programme is your chance to play on the main pitch at The Mend-A-Hose Jungle stadium with your family. The programme starts on Wednesday 28 June will run for the following three Wednesdays (28 June, 5, 12, 19 July) from 6.00pm to 7.00pm.
Take a look at the video here from last years programme to find out more about the fun you could be having here with your family. The video clip underlines what Family Rugby League with Castleford Tigers is all about: to promote all the benefits of regular exercise for family life, health and well-being.
There will be activities on the main pitch incorporating various carousels taken by Castleford Tigers’ players and coaches so that your family members can have fun and practise their rugby skills. Every participating family will receive a Castleford Tigers’ rugby ball, not only as a reward for participating but to use afterwards to play together at home.
These sessions will be evenings where families can have a break from their mobile phones, games consoles and tablets etc and have fun together.
To take part in Family Rugby League with Castleford Tigers book your place by simply printing off the booking form here and hand it in with your payment at the Tigers Den club shop in Carlton Lanes. Alternatively pick up a form in store and fill it in while you are there. Also you can complete the form and email it back to Tim Rumford firstname.lastname@example.org and bring the money on the first evening on the 28th June.
The programme cost just £5 per family for the full four sessions, this is just the one charge for the whole programme and includes your complimentary rugby ball. A family will be classed as 2 adults and 2 children or one adult and 3 children as a maximum.
Thanks again for your continued support for our community projects: we hope that you enjoy the video and come and join us on the programme!
Join us for school holiday fun!
Our school holiday camps return next week!
The Tigers Trust community team are bringing you two camps over coming school holidays.
Practise your skills, play games and have fun with our Tigers stars!
Camps for boys and girls age 5 to 11 years will take place on Tuesday 30th May and Wednesday 31 May 2017.
All our camps run from 10.00am until 3.00pm and take place here at the Mend-A-Hose Jungle, priced at £15 per day. Tiger Cubs junior fan club members pay a discounted rate of £12 per day.
You can book your place by printing off a booking form here or by picking one up down at the Tigers Den. Confirm your place by emaling Timrumford@castigers.com and you can bring your completed form and payment on the day. Tiger Cub members please ensure you bring your membership card with you to claim your discounted price.
*Please ensure your child brings along a packed lunch, plenty or refreshments, a sun hat and sun cream. We hope the sun will make an appearance!!
We want you to show off your skills, have fun and play games this Easter!
On Wednesday 12th April from 10:00am till 3:00pm there will be a Primary Rugby Fun & Games Day for boys and girls aged 5 to 11 years old.
On Thursday 13th April from 10:00pm till 3:00pm there will be a Girls Rugby Development Day for girls aged 11-15 years old.
Both camps will be at De Lacy Academy, Middle Lane, Knottingley WF11 0BZ
The price for each camp is £12.
To book a place please click here to complete your booking form and email it to email@example.com in advance: payment can be made on the day. Alternatively, print off the form, complete it and hand it in at the Tigers Den in Carlton Lanes.
Tigers Tots is here!
The Tigers Trust have launched Tiger Tots, a new coaching session for 2-4 year olds.
The sessions will take place every Friday from 10.00am till 10.45am at the A1 Football Factory. The programme got off to a flying start on Friday 17 February with a fully booked register and a surprise visit from Tigers star Greg Minikin.
The aim of the program is to develop a fun and educational environment to teach the participants core rugby league skills while working on developing their fundamentals and helping to develop social skills at an early age, with the help of our mascot JT and our Tigers Trust community coaches.
The sessions will help the participants develop and will work alongside pre-school learning targets, using numbers and colours and recognising body parts along with using imagination and developing the ability to follow instructions to achieve a goal.
The sessions are £5 per week and we encourage parents/carers to join in with their children during the sessions. To book a place please click here to email Neil with your name, address, contact phone number and your childs name and age. Please note the first session was fully booked so you may have to be added to a waitlist until a space becomes free.
Girls RL Development Day
Calling all girls age 11 to 15 come along and train with us.
Castleford Tigers community department, the Tigers Trust are running a Rugby League Development day for girls aged 11 to 15.
The event will take place on Saturday 11 February from 10.00am till 12.30pm. Registration will begin at 9.15am.
The location will be the Whale Jaw Field, Old Great North Road, Brotherton, WF11 9EP.
The session is FREE for everyone, and will include refreshments following the session.
To book you place please email your name, school and date of birth here
FREE Primary Rugby League CPD Workshop
Calling all teachers and coaches! Castleford Tigers will be holding a Primary Rugby League CPD Workshop on Thursday 19 January at 5.30pm.
The workshop will take place at The Hut in Airedale. The free workshop will last around an hour and is open to teachers and coaches who work with primary aged children. Coaches from the Tigers Trust community team will lead the workshop which is aimed at sharing ideas and enhancing the understanding of the Primary Rugby league concept (small sided games). Resources will also be given to attendee’s.
To register on this free workshop or for more info please contact Tigers Trust PRL development officer Paul Dooley by email here.
Tiger Cubs Junior Fan Club Christmas Party
Our Tiger Cubs had a great time last week at their exclusive Christmas party.
The Tiger Cubs is an exclusive fan club for 5 to 12 year old Castleford Tigers fans. On Thursay night our 2016 Tiger Cubs met for their final event in their 2016 calendar, their exclusive Christmas party.
First team players Jesse Sene-Lefao, Ben Robert, Grant Millington, Andy Lynch, Michael Shenton, Nathan Massey and Junior Moors all called in to meet our Tiger Cubs, and they event had a visit from Santa and of course the one and only JT. Our cubs enjoyed and evening of party games anf fun while being looked after by Laura and Neil from our Tigers Trust Community Development team.
Head over to our Facebook page here to view the photo gallery.
The Tigers Cubs junior fan club is fantastic value for money an registration for 2017 has now opened.
Annual membership is just £15 for 2017 Junior Season Ticket holders, or £30 for non season ticket holders. Tiger Cub members receive the following:
- The chance to be our home match day mascot, randomly selected for each home game from our Tiger Cub members.
- A video birthday greeting from our Castleford Tigers 2017 players.
- An invitation to four exclusive parties over the year, with members of our playing squad and mascot JT attending.
- Discount and priority booking for our summer school holiday camps.
You can join the Tiger Cubs in store at the Tigers Den, please get in touch or collect a registration form instore. Payment can be made by cash or by cheque (made payable to Tigers Trust). Alternatively, you can print off a registration form here and post your cheque payment to Tiger Cubs membership, Tigers Trust, The Mend-A-Hose Jungle, Wheldon Road, Castleford, WF10 2SD.
*The Tiger Cubs is an annual fan club and we only take new entrants during January and February prior to each new season. Email Laura here for more details. 2017 memberships run from January 2017 to December 2017.
Heritage Photo Competition
The Castleford Tigers Heritage Project have extended the deadline for entries to their photo competition.
To allow more participants to submit their favourite photographs the deadline for entries has been extended to 11 January 2017.
You can enter a photograph in the following categories for your chance to win a place for your photograph to feature in the Castleford Tigers Heritage Project’s virtual museum, and you could be presented with a signed 2017 Castleford Tigers calendar. The categories are:
1) The Mend – A – Hose Jungle
2) Away games
3) Travelling fans
4) Cas fans abroad
5) Cas Selfies
6) Cas History
Please email your entries to to firstname.lastname@example.org
Family Rugby League with Castleford Tigers
Come along to the Mend-A-Hose Jungle and train with our players and coaches.
Castleford Tigers have teamed up with Yorkshire Sport Foundation to present a Community Games Family Rugby League Evening on the Tuesday 20th September at the Mend-A-Hose Jungle to start a programme designed to get families more active. In this jam-packed sporting summer with the Super League Super 8s, the Rio Olympics and the Paralympics we ae looking forward to having an evening where local families can have a break from their mobile phones, games consoles and tablets and have fun together.
Yorkshire Sport Foundation are working to inspire and bring communities together across South and West Yorkshire and Castleford Tigers are playing their part by inviting families to join them here at the stadium. The evening will consist of an opening ceremony for participants followed by activities on the main pitch where there will be various carousels taken by Tigers’ players and coaches for family members to practise their rugby leagye skills. There will be tours of the stadium and a closing ceremony when all families will be presented with a rugby ball, not only as a reward for participating but to use afterwards to continue to play together. To continue the spirit of the evening and to continue the commitment to improve the level of active engagement with physical activity and family involvement in sport, Castleford Tigers will run a further six Family Rugby League evenings before the end of November 2016.
Castleford Tigers CEO, Steve Gill, is delighted to be hosting the event: “We have given a lot of thought not only in to helping to make our kids become fitter and healthier but also how we can encourage families to exercise together. I remember only too well the countless hours spent on the playing fields kicking a rugby ball around, trying to tackle my dad or score a try past him. Our aim is to get the young kids of today back into the parks and playing fields alongside the most influential people in their lives, their parents. After the first evening our coaches will work with the families to help provide the tools to live a healthy and active lifestyle as well as reinforcing stronger bonds throughout the family."
To take part in the Family Rugby League Evening on the Tuesday 20th September and book your place simply print off the booking form here and hand it in with your payment at the Tigers Den club shop in Carlton Lanes. Alternatively pick up a copy of the form in store and fill it in while you are there. There is a £5 charge for the Family Rugby League Evening but this will entitle your family to attend a further 6 evenings in the Castleford Tigers Family Rugby League programme. A family will be classed as maximum of two adults and two children, or one adult and a up to three children.
Tigers summer holiday camps!
We are now taking bookings for our school holiday summer camps.
The Tigers Trust community team are bringing you four camps over the school summer holidays this August.
Practise your skills, play games and have fun with our Tigers stars.
Camps for boys and girls age 5 to 11 years will take place on Tuesday 9th, Wednesday 10th and Tuesday 16th August, with a girls only camp for ages 8 to 13 years taking place on Wednesday 17th August.
All our camps run from 10.00am until 3.00pm and take place here at the Mend-A-Hose Jungle, priced at £20.00 per day. Tiger Cubs junior clubs members pay a discounted rate of £15.00 per day.
Please make sure your child brings along a packed lunch, plenty or refreshments, a sun hat and sun cream, we hope the sun will make an appearance!
To book a place simply print of the booking form here and hand it in with your payment at the Tigers Den club shop in Carlton Lanes, alternatively pick up a form in store and fill it in while you are there.
TRY SPORT is an alternative sports engagement programme happening right now in our community.
In an innovative move to engage the youth of our city Castleford Tigers, Featherstone Rovers and Wakefield Trinity Wildcats have linked with Wakefield District Housing, the Community Safety Partnership and Wakefield Council’s Active Lifestyle, Youth Work and Youth Offending Teams to deliver a 12 weeks-long sports project out on the streets and in open spaces.
Looking to work primarily with young people aged 13 - 19 years the teams of youth workers and sports coaches will keep young people safe and engage them in healthy and sporting activities and involve them in social activity to undertake a local community project to provide positive alternatives to hanging about on the streets.
This project aims to improve the district networks for engaging the wider community in meaningful activities tailored around the needs and interests of young people to develop individual skill, team work, confidence, self-esteem and personal achievement.
Look out for us out and about in Queen’s Park, King George’s Fields, Green Park, Savile Park and other locations and TRY SPORT! for activities including rugby, ultimate Frisbee and rounders. Everyone is welcome to join in.
The Paws prepare for Magic Weekend
Our Paws dance academy travelled to Warrington on Saturday 14 May in preparation for the Magic Weekend fixtures at St James Park in Newcastle.
Forty two dancers from our academy were put through their paces by choreographer John Beney ready for the performance.
"The dancers had a fantastic day and were a real credit to the club" said Michaela Anderson our dance development manager.
If you are heading up to Magic Weekend keep a look out for our girls on Saturday as they perform just before our kick off at 4:45pm.
Tigers Trust receive prestigious award!
Tigers Trust, the charitable arm of Castleford Tigers, has received a prestigious, county wide community initiative award.
The Duke of York’s Community Initiative is presented annually to a small number of Yorkshire based organisations that having been subjected to rigorous and robust scrutiny are deemed: "of real value to the community, well run and an inspiration to others."
Tigers Trust has a successful history of delivering sport, dance and social inclusion projects in the community, particularly for young people. It seeks to inspire those who may not be inclined or have minimal interest in Rugby League to participate in its projects by creating exiting, vibrant programmes and events which promote the benefits of exercise, good health and wellbeing, thereby realising the potential of the wider community.
On 19th April 2016 the Initiative, which was founded by His Royal Highness The Duke of York in 1998, held its annual awards ceremony at the University of Huddersfield during which His Royal Highness personally presented recipients of the awards with their citations.
*Photograph courtesy of Simon Dewhurst Photography.
TRY SPORT is an alternative sports engagement programme.
In an innovative move to engage the youth of our city Castleford Tigers, Featherstone Rovers and Wakefield Trinity Wildcats have linked up with Wakefield District Housing, the Community Safety Partnership and Wakefield Council’s Active Lifestyle, Youth Work and Youth Offending Teams to deliver a 12 weeks-long sports project out on the streets and in open spaces.
Looking to work primarily with young people aged 13 - 19 years the teams of youth workers and sports coaches will keep young people safe and engage them in healthy and sportive activities and involve them in social activity to undertake a local community project to provide positive alternatives to hanging about on the streets.
This project aims to improve the district networks for engaging the wider community in meaningful activities tailored around the needs interests of young people to develop individual skill, team work, confidence, self-esteem and personal achievement.
Look out for us out and about in Queen’s Park, King George’s Fields, Green Park, Savile Park and other locations and TRY SPORT for activities including rugby, ultimate frisbee and rounders.
News Archive: Tigers Trust is a roaring, royal success (23/10/15)
The Tigers Trust, which is the charitable foundation trust of Castleford Tigers RLFC Ltd has been awarded a Duke of York’s Community Initiative award.
On a recent visit DoYCI assessors were surprised to find that far from concentrating solely on Rugby League the group is now aiming at increasing sports participation in the widest possible sense amongst people with disabilities, women and girls, and older adults (50+) as well as providing opportunities for greater social inclusion for youngsters.
Presented annually to organisations who are seen to be making a very real difference to the communities they serve the award will be given out to a total of 34 different groups by HRH The Duke of York at a ceremony to be held in the New Year.
Speaking of the award Steve Ball, a Trustee of Tigers Trust says "We are delighted to receive this prestigious Duke of York’s Community Initiative award. It recognises the efforts that we have made to widen the base of the activities of Tigers Trust and we will strive to continue working on many projects that will have a direct benefit for our local community."
The Duke of York’s Community Initiative is open to local charities and community groups from across the whole of Yorkshire. More details can be found at www.thedukeofyorkscommunityinitiative.org.uk
News Archive: GIVE US A TRY: MANAGE YOUR WEIGHT (16/9/2015)
We are now looking for the second intake of men to join the Castleford Tigers ‘Give Us a Try: Manage Your Weight’ programme to meet initially on Wednesday 23rd September at 6.00pm at The Mend-A-Hose Jungle.
The first phase of the project has gone exceptionally well and the programme has shown that you can get valuable support on increasing activity levels, learn more about diet and healthy living for weight loss and start to make long-term changes to maintain weight losses.
We have found that men on the first phase have lost weight and inches from their waist, chest, hips and thighs, have lower percentage body fat readings and all have reported higher levels of physical activity, have learned to have better diets and felt better about themselves. But don’t take our word for it! The following are examples of comments from some of the participants on the first phase;
"I have a better attitude towards healthy eating and general exercise and am more eager to keep to a fitness routine"
"I was able to focus on my weight loss, watching what I eat and drink and my concentration levels and alertness have improved"
"I feel healthier, have more energy and am looking more at what eat"
"I have enjoyed meeting like-minded people with similar goals"
"I have enjoyed the exercises and practical activity; it is more fun in a group"
"It has been great meeting people like me and helping others with tips and advice"
It is a men only project and there will be no charge to join the programme which is led by staff from Tigers Trust, the charitable arm of Castleford Tigers. It is aimed at men below 65 years of age who do not presently exercise and/or have a Body Mass Index of above 25.
The 10 weekly sessions, each lasting 1 hour 30 minutes, will cover assessment and advice, strength and conditioning, and Walk Rugby, rugby played at walking pace, which has been a great success and allowed men of all levels of fitness and rugby skill to participate fully in the sessions. We will perform measurements at the start and end of the project to evaluate the success of individual participants so that we can report on the success of the whole programme to Wakefield Council, who are funding the whole project.
To enrol on the programme run by Tigers Trust on behalf of Castleford Tigers please contact Steve Ball on 07707 927090 or email Steve here.
Rugby League is an inclusive sport. It's exciting, fast-paced and easy to understand.
The Castleford region has a number of high quality community clubs for both boys and girls.
We recommend you get involved with one of our Partnership Clubs at an early age and start playing, supporting or just helping out as a volunteer.
To find out more visit the pages in this section on the left menu bar.
Why Should I Play?
- It's fun.
- It's an exciting fast team game that everybody can play.
- You'll make new friends.
- Playing will help to make you fit and healthy.
- It'll help you develop leadership skills, confidence and self esteem.
How Do I Find A Club?
The Castleford Tigers website has a page in this section called Choose A Club.
Enter this section and you will find information about all community clubs in the region and surrounding areas. We recommend you choose the club closest to you to start with, ring the club to see if they run a team at your level andn give it a go.
Only then, will you know if that club is the right one for you and, if not, there are plenty more in the region for you to try as well.
Once you attend your training session - if you like it then:
- Complete a registration form and get it signed by your parent or guardian. The club can give you a leaflet for your parent or guardian to tell them more about rugby league.
- Your parent or guardian will also have to complete a form with emergency contact numbers and other details.
- Provide two photos for your ID card which needs to be shown at every game.
What Equipment Do I Need?
- Your club will provide playing kit for matches but its worth having comfortable sports wear and a rugby league shirt for training. Shirts need to take lots of tugging and pulling.
- Take a drink to training sessions to keep you well hydrated.
- You should get a gum shield either fitted by your dentist or a 'boil in the bag' variety that you can make soft and put in your mouth to mould to the shape of your upper teeth.
- Boots are very similar to football boots and many young people prefer to platy in football boots - rugby boots give more support to your ankle.
- Some players wear head guards and/or upper body protection - it's important that these fit properly. Remember wearing a guard or protection doesn't mean you are invincible!
What Happens At Clubs?
- Most clubs run teams at several different age groups.
- Teams usually train once or twice a week and play a game at weekends either in a League or Cup game or perhaps a friendly or a festival.
- Many clubs also run social events for their young players such as Christmas parties or end of season trips.
- In some areas younger age groups only play during the summer months.
- Some clubs run touch, tag or wheelchair rugby league.
Guide to the Game
Rules to the game...
The simple aim of Rugby League is to score more points than your opponents.
A Rugby League match lasts for 80 minutes (two 40 minute halves).
Timekeepers monitor this and sound a siren or hooter as a signal to the ref when the game is over.
You score tries (worth four points) by touching the ball down over your opponent's try line. You can convert that to six by kicking a goal.
The other means of scoring are a penalty goal (also worth two points) and a drop goal (worth one point).
There are two teams of 13 players with four reserves on the interchange bench.
Each team can make a maximum of 12 changes involving any combination of players.
Rugby League players have to be multi-skilled but some players do focus on roles within their teams including carrying the ball into the opposition line (forwards), attacking on the fringes (backs) and distributing the ball (hooker and half backs).
All players work together in their team's defensive formation. The ball has to be passed backwards. It can be passed as many times as you like until a player is tackled in possession.
Each team has the ball for six plays (or tackles).
After a tackle, the ball carrier plays the ball back along the ground to a receiver standing behind directly behind them. After the six plays are completed the team in possession must handover the ball to the opposition. Most teams elect to kick at this point in order to gain as much ground as possible.
Six players form a Rugby League scrum. They are a means of re-starting the game and create a good opportunity to attack. Scrums are awarded for knock-ons (losing the ball forward) or forward passes.
You are offside in Rugby League if you are within the gap maintained between the attacking and defensive sides by the referee or if you interfere with play after being in front of a team mate when they have kicked the ball in open play.
A 40-20 kick is when a player kicks the ball behind his own 40 metre line and it bounces into touch within the opposition's 20 metre line. If this happens the side that kicked the ball get the advantage of putting the ball into the resulting scrum.
A goal line drop out is taken from under your own posts if you have been forced to touch the ball down in your own in-goal area or put the ball out of play in this area
A full-back is often the most complete player on the team. The full-back is usually the last line of defence and often the first player making the break in attack. They need the safest hands in the team.
They are responsible for catching the opposition's high and testing kicks in attack. A full-back can suddenly turn defence into attack, make important last-ditch tackles and make the extra man in attack.
Wing (2 & 5)
Speed is what the winger is all about - and you need plenty of it. But to be a truly dependable winger, you need to pick up those difficult passes in tight spaces.
So as well as the speed of a sprinter, you need hands like glue - the ball needs to stick to you every time you get it.
But don't think you're only responsibility is in attack. Often the winger can be the last line of defence, so you need to be able to make those important tackles when they count.
Centre (3 & 4)
The centre is always in the thick of things, whether in attack or defence. They should be comfortable creating space for wingers as well as making that last-ditch tackle. Centres can expect to do plenty of running up and down the pitch.
The stand-off is the brains of the team - the player who makes the important decisions in attacks. A brilliant stand-off has the kicking skills of an international footballer. Whether it be a place kick, a drop kick or just a plain old punt, the stand-off needs to make every kick count.
They also need to be as good a passer as their half-back partner, the scrum-half. They also have to make the big tackles under pressure when it counts.
The scrum-half is the link between the forwards and the backs. They can expect to make plenty of passes to team-mates.
Scrum-halfs need to have the safest pair of hands on the team - as well as a brilliant rugby league brain. They are the player who makes the important passes, and need to make the right pass at the right time. The scrum-half is the player who feeds the ball into the scrum.
Prop Forward (8 & 10)
Front row forwards must enjoy bashing their way through tackles and making big tackles when they count.
They are also the first line in the scrum, so can expect plenty of tussles and battles with their opposite number. As always, they need excellent ball handling skills and a good rugby league brain.
The hooker probably makes more contact with the ball than any other player on the field. They often are the players who act as the dummy half after a play the ball, swinging the passes out or breaking down the opposition's defence.
As the centre of the scrum, the hooker is the player whose job it is to win the ball from the scrum-half's feed. Then, on top of that, they are expected to make plenty of tackles when they matter.
Second Row (11 & 12)
Like the prop forwards, the second rows get stuck in at the deep end. Making tackles and breaking down the opposition's defence are two things every second rower loves doing.
On top of that, they are also an important part of the scrum, providing the power behind the front row. As always, a good pair of hands and a good engine are required to be a quality second row.
Loose Forward (13)
The loose forward will always be found in the thick of the action. It is a job that requires plenty of running, so they need to be super fit.
Not only that, loose forwards have to have excellent handling skills and a defence as tough as iron. They will generally top the tackle count at the end of the game. And as the last man in the scrum, it is the responsibility of the loose forward to make sure the ball is available for the scrum-half.
Interchange (14, 15, 16, 17)
If a player is injured or just not playing well enough, they can be replaced by a substitute, called an interchange.
Each team has four interchange replacements to choose from and can they come on at anytime during the game. Most interchanges are tactical, but they can also come on for any player who has been sent to the blood bin with an injury. But the interchange cannot replace any player who has been sent to the sin-bin.
Choose a Club
Ackworth Jaguars ARLFC
- Address: Carr Bridge Playing Fields, Barnsley Road, Ackworth, Pontefract, WF7 7NB
Allerton Bywater ARLFC
- Address: Ninevah Lane, Allerton Bywater, Castleford, WF10 2EW
- Telephone: 0113 282 7219
- Address: Byram Park Social Club, Kirkthorne Wood, Knottingley, Byram, WF11 9DX
Castleford Lock Lane ARLFC
- Address: Castleford Lock Lane RL & Sports Club, Lock Lane, Castleford, WF10 2JU
- Contact: Alan Hart (Secretary)
- Telephone: 07788712898
- Email: email@example.com
- Website: www.locklanerugbyandsports.ik.com
Castleford Panthers ARLFC
- Address: Three Lane Ends, Raglan Close, Methley Road, Castleford, WF10 1PL
- Contact: David Holland (Junior and Youth Secretary)
- Telephone: 01977 513305
- Email: Castleford_Panthers@yahoo.com
Crofton Cougars ARLFC
- Address: Middle Lane, New Croften, Wakefield, WF4 1LB
Cutsyke Raiders ARLFC
- Address: Cutsyke WMC, Aketon Road, Cutsyke, Castleford, WF10 5HZ
Eastmoor Dragons ARLFC
- Address: King George V Playing Fields, Woodhouse Road, Eastmoor, Wakefield, WF1 4RD
Featherstone Lions ARLFC
- Address: The Mill Pond Stadium, Wakefield Road, Featherstone, WF7 5HL
- Address: Ferry Fryston, Askham Road, Castleford, WF10 2NY
- Address: Glebelands, Ninelands Lane, Garforth, Leeds, LS25 1NT
Knottingley Rockware Stolze ARLFC
- Address: Knottingley Rugby Union Club, Marsh Lane, Knottingley, WF11 9DE
- Contact: Shaun Jewitt (Club Secretary)
- Telephone: 07728447835
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Website: www.knottingleyjuniorrl.co.uk
Kippax Welfare RLFC
- Address: Long Dyke Lane, Kippax, Leeds, LS25 7BP
- Contact: Judy Dean
- Telephone: 07785 175 393
- Email: email@example.com
Methley Royals ARLFC
- Address: Royal Oak Public House, Leeds Road, Methley, LS26 9ER
Methley Warriors ARLFC
- Address: Pinfold Lane Rugby Fields, Methley, Leeds, LS26 9AA
- Contact: Deborah Robbins (Club Secretary)
- Telephone: 07743023666
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Normanton Knights ARLFC
- Address: Queen Elizabeth Drive, Normanton, WF6 1DT
Oulton Raiders ARLFC
- Address: Oulton & Woodlesford Sport & Social Club, Oulton Sports Pavilion, Oulton Green, Leeds, LS26 8EL
- Contact: John Readman (Risk Management Officer)
- Telephone: 01132 822356
- Email: John.email@example.com
- Website: www.oultonraiders.com
Sharlston Rovers ARLFC
- Address: GH Green Memorial Fields, Weeland Road, Sharlston, Wakefield, WF4 1DD
Sherburn Bears ARLFC
- Address: Forresters Arms, Kirkgate, Sherburn In Elmet, Leeds, LS25 6BH
- Contact: David Giles
- Telephone: 01977 682843
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Website: www.pitchero.com/clubs/sherburnbears
Smawthorne Panthers ARLFC
- Address: Willowbridge Lane, Whitwood, Castleford, WF10 5NW
Stanley Rangers ARLFC
- Address: Stanley Sports & Social Club, Lee Moor Road, Stanley, Wakefield, WF3 4EP
- Website: www.stanleyrangers.org.uk
Townville Tigers ARLFC
- Address: Townville Recreation and Sports Club, Poplar Avenue, Townville, Castleford, WF10 3QF
- Website: www.townvilletigers.co.uk
Hemsworth Dragons ARLFC
- Address: c/o 40 Barnsley Road, Brierley, Barnsley, S72 9LD
- Contact: Jason Alcorn
- Telephone: 07716 887619
My Home Debut Experience
Making your child's first game one to remember!
Castleford Tigers' "My Home Debut Experience", proudly sponsored by Lonza, gives new junior fans a chance to take a look behind the scenes on match day and makes sure their first game here at the Mend-A-Hose Jungle is one to remember.
The experience includes:
* Dressing room tour and pre match talk with our coaches.
* Complimentary match day programme.
* A chance to run out of the tunnel onto the Mend-A-Hose Jungle pitch.
* A chance to score a try under the sticks at the Wheldon Road End.
* Meet and greet with a selection of players pitchside as they arrive for the game.
* A pre match lap of honour to be welcomed by the Tigers fans.
The experience is free of charge and open to any children who have never been to a Tigers game before. Due to its popularity we currently have a long waiting list but to join the waiting list please email email@example.com with your contact phone number, your child's name, age and a recent photo. We'll then contact you to let you know when a space is available for your child to enjoy an unforgettable day.
Sky Try - A New Rugby League Initiative
Sky Try is a new Rugby League initiative designed to last 7 years that supports and develops grassroots participation across the UK. It incorporates four distinct pillars each with specific targets and outcomes and the overall programme aims to increase the number of viewers, spectators and participants in Rugby League. A key priority is to drive long-term growth to develop Rugby League and help the sustainability of the sport through measurable outcomes and impact, whilst ensuring uniform product delivery and monitoring.
Full details can be found on the Sky Try website http://skytry.org/ but a summary of the programmes that will be delivered by Tigers Trust is:
Sky Try Primary Rugby League: relates to coaching in primary schools and selected community clubs targeting 8-9 year olds (Key Stage 2).
Sky Try Local school competition and player development: aims to provide local opportunities for secondary school boys to play Rugby League, either for the first time or to assist in providing more regular opportunities for 12-13 years old boys (Key Stage 3) to play.
Sky Try Play Touch: is a 6 week touch workout project aimed at increasing the number of girls aged 12 - 15 (Key Stage 3 and 4) becoming more active.
Making the big games bigger: is targeted at increasing the number spectators at club matches and RFL major events through the Sky Try local projects.
Can you help the Tigers Trust?
Here's How You Can Help us
We are currently seeking financial support through grant funding, donations and sponsorship for several of our key areas of work including The Paws Dance Academy, our schools coaching programme, health awareness assemblies, Match day experience, JT Mascot, to name but a few. We also require support for our educational, health and social inclusion projects to help provide positive opportunities for some of the more disengaged and socially excluded young people in the community. There are other exciting projects in the pipeline awaiting confirmation of funding and we will confirm the full details in due course.
There are positive benefits arising from the charitable status of Tigers Trust and all personal donations can attract Gift Aid which means charities can claim an extra 25p for every £1 you give and it won't cost you any extra, and the charity can claim back any donations made during the previous 4 years.
Your support will enable the Trust to grow and develop many of these projects, ensuring that those involved enjoy activities in a safe, positive and fun environment and contribute towards people feeling happier about themselves and the community in which they live.
Potential sponsors will gain from association with a high profile professional rugby club implementing a well-established and respected community programme through an efficiently run independent charity.
If you would like to work with Tigers Trust to make a positive difference and give something back to people in your community then contact us now.
If you are a local business and you are doing some fundraising then why not choose us as your chosen charity for the year; you can select the project you would like the money to support and we will give you an update on what difference your money has made.
Alternatively, as an individual who would like to do a sponsored event, why not choose the Tigers Trust as your chosen charity.
If you feel that you may be able to support the development of Tigers Trust through other 'in-kind' means, for example, specific expertise in your chosen field, training opportunities office space or equipment, then we would also be very pleased to hear from you.
For all enquiries about Tigers Trust or its projects, making a donation or sponsorship then contact Tigers Trust Community Manager, Tim Rumford on 01977 552674 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The Castleford Tigers Community Heritage Project gains Heritage Lottery Funding.
The website is now live! Visit http://castigersheritage.com/ to view it.
We are delighted to announce that Tigers Trust, the charitable arm of Castleford Tigers, has received £66,300 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for an exciting project, "The Castleford Tigers Community Heritage Project: Linking the past, the present and the future".
Joining forces with One to One Development Trust, a specialist in the heritage field, the project will be led by volunteers from the local community, and it will focus on documenting the history of the club and creating a digital multimedia archive whilst also reflecting the importance of the club in the social history of Castleford itself.
We will need a committed group of volunteers to help to explore and safeguard the history of the club, cataloguing the club's previously undocumented material and also collect, catalogue and photograph memorabilia from the local community. Training will be provided in a range of skills including interviewing, editing, using recording equipment, scanning and cataloguing of images to ensure that a 3D virtual museum can be created. We are looking for volunteers interested in helping us on the project, which we envisage will last two years. There will be a series of community events and in advance of our launch event we would like you to contact us if you would like to be considered as a volunteer for the project. No qualifications are required other than an interest in Castleford Tigers, its history and a willingness to help us build a lasting legacy for the club, its fans and the town.
Commenting on the award, Steve Gill, CEO of Castleford Tigers said: "We are thrilled to have received the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund and are confident that the project will place the club firmly within its community and rightly acknowledge with pride the achievements of the club and the town of Castleford in general."
Explaining the importance of the HLF support, the head of the HLF in Yorkshire and the Humber, Fiona Spiers, said: "Heritage is not all about castles, museums and old buildings. Sport plays a huge part in our lives and can bring people together. By digitising the Castleford Tiger's archive a valuable resource will be created for the local community and future generations."
Tigers Trust has a successful history of delivering sport and social inclusion projects on behalf of the club and this project will widen the social impact of the club and ensure that a valuable heritage resource is preserved and can be put to use for the benefit of the whole community.
One to One Development Trust is an independent local arts and media charity that has an excellent track record of delivering the promised outcomes on numerous heritage and cultural projects, most recently the superb Unity Works project in Wakefield. We are really pleased to be working with them.
If you would like to be considered as a volunteer on the project run by Tigers Trust on behalf of Castleford Tigers please contact Steve Ball on 07707 927090 or email here with some details about why you would like to help.
Photographed here celebrating the news are Castleford Tigers Legends, the H-Bombs, Keith Hepworth and Alan Hardisty, with our coaches Danny Orr and Daryl Powell, captain Michael Shenton and Steve Ball who heads up the heritage project.