Halifax RLFC and the Calderdale Community Coaching Trust are pleased to announce a grant of £48,500 for the "Thrum Hall 13" project. The press release is below.




Calderdale Community Coaching Trust and Halifax RLFC wins Heritage Lottery Fund support

Today, Calderdale Community Coaching Trust has received £48,500 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for an exciting project, “Thrum Hall 13”, in Halifax. Led by CCCT staff and volunteers from the local community, the project focuses on the best and most popular 13 players who have played for Halifax Rugby League Football Club at their old ground, Thrum Hall. The project will enable us to take the project to local schools and community groups with the purchase of a display trailer and also display it in a local museum. The project will be run over an 18 month period.

The “Thrum Hall 13” project will enable the rugby league club and its charitable trust to research its proud history through its supporters and their valuable input and knowledge of our local rugby league club.

Calderdale Community Coaching Trust is a charitable trust that works within the whole community of Calderdale alongside the professional rugby league club through sporting activities. Thanks to National Lottery players the “Thrum Hall 13” project will enable valuable information from our elderly supporters to be passed down to future generations and supporters within Calderdale. The history of Halifax RLFC, who formed in 1873, will be a valuable asset to the club and will sit alongside the 13 players   to be researched alongside this project.

Commenting on the award, Michael Steele, chairman of Halifax RLFC said: “We are thrilled to have received the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund are confident the “Thrum Hall 13” project will enable us to stimulate interest in the history of Rugby League in Halifax and the characters from the district and all over the world who have made it colourful.

Fiona Spiers, Head of Heritage Lottery Fund Yorkshire and the Humber said: “Sport and sporting heritage is something that captures local pride and plays a huge role in people’s lives and is an important part of our local heritage. The Thrum Hall 13 project will give the community the opportunity to get involved and discover the fascinating stories connected to Halifax RLFC”