CCCT staff

The Calderdale Community Coaching Trust is a registered charity and is the community arm of the Halifax RLFC. We deliver a wide range of activities, such as our Sky Try programme and our Heritage project, “Thrum Hall XIII”. We also deliver sporting activities in school, in community groups and also deliver wheelchair sports and over 50’s activities, with our young @ Heart group and our Walking Football. Current Halifax RLFC players, Mitch Calahane, Adam Tangata, Jacob Fairbank and Ryan Boyle also work within the clubs community department.


Our current staff are featured below.


Chris Mitchell, Projects Manager.





Ian Buckley, Heritage Lottery coordinator.





Chris O’Connor, Heritage Lottery coordinator & Sky Try coordinator.





We will feature all of our projects throughout the year on this community page.




For information on any of our projects, or if you wish to get involved with any of our projects, please contact any member of our staff.

Chris Mitchell, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. 07947827627

Ian Buckley, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Chris O’Connor, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



Girls School rugby league

 Calderdale Girls RFL Champion School festival.

Girls from 7 Halifax secondary schools at 4 different age groups attended the qualifying stage for the RFL’s Champion School’s competition which was held at Ryburn. The year 7 & 8 competition was won by Ryburn, who beat a good Brooksbank side by 10 tries to 7. The year 9 & 10 competition was won by Brooksbank who beat Ryburn 5 tries to 1.

Some excellent rugby league was played with most of the girls new to the sport. Information was then passed to all the girls for local girl’s teams, Illingworth and Brighouse with a view to girls joining either team.

Halifax RLFC then gave all participants a free ticket for the Halifax v Sheffield game and the 2 winning teams received coaching from Halifax RLFC community coaches, Mitch Calahane, Adam Tangata, Ryan Boyle and Jacob Fairbank.

Teams from both Ryburn and Brookbank will now represent Calderdale in the Yorkshire stage of the RFL’s champion schools competition which will be held at Shaw Cross.

The top 2 teams from the Yorkshire cup then go through to the National finals with the finals being played in London on the day before the Challenge Cup at Wembley.

Good luck to Ryburn and Brooksbank School’s from all of us here at the MBi Shay.

For anyone wanting further information about girls rugby league at either of our 2 community clubs who offer girls the opportunity of playing rugby league, please contact either:-

Illingworth’s Steve Stead on 07840 722213

Brighouse’s Sarah Kennedy on 07824 878824




Halifax RLFC Sky try programme

Halifax RLFC and the CCCT have secured funding for their second year of the RFL’s SkyTry project. The initiative involves coaching in various schools and community clubs across Calderdale, offering playing opportunities for participants. 

The first block of coaching was delivered to over 150 local children who have never played any form of rugby league before, including primary schools - Warley Road and Parkinson Lane schools, who have had rugby league delivery for the first time in their schools. Plans are already in place to get even more kids moving, at All Saints, Ling Bob, Greetland, Rawson and Lee Mount during this school term.

Participants are then signposted to the best playing pathway for them, through our local community clubs. One of which; Siddal u12s, recently engaged in a SkyTry training session with the entire Halifax RLFC First Team. 

Fans might have noticed a swarm of eager little athletes at the first home fixture v Featherstone. 36 U8s from Siddal and Featherstone Lions opened the day in a curtain raiser, enjoying the experience of playing here at the MBi Shay. 

We have got highlights coming later in the year, including a festival planned for 6th April with 10 schools invited in this year 4 event. We are also planning an Emerging schools tournament to run again in May. Both years 7 and 8 competitions are also provisionally planned. So far, 5 schools for each year group are confirmed to compete. They are Lightcliffe, Park Lane, SBHS, Halifax Academy & Calder High. Coaching booked in at Park Lane, SBHS and Halifax Academy. 


If you would like your school or community club to be involved in our Sky Try programme, please email our Community Development Officer, Chris O’Connor on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Greetland Allrounders Skills Camp

Last Thursday, our community team of Chris O’Connor, Mitch Calahane, Adam Tangata, Ryan Boyle and Jacob Fairbank attended Greetland Allrounders “Sky Try” Skills camp, which was held at Brooksbank School.

38 kids attended and were taught different rugby league skills and small sided games.

Our head coach, Richard Marshall them came to offer his advice to the youngsters, who were from 5 years old up to Greetland’s u11’s, who alongside their head coach, Dan Drury, got a great deal out of the experience and were please to meet the players who they regularly see on the pitch here at the MBi Shay.

Drury said his team got inspired to have the team coached by the Halifax players and he also learnt different skills which he can take away from the session. Leo Kemp, who plays stand off for the under 11’s said the most enjoyable bit was playing bulldogs on their knees, and  using the new tackle technique they had learnt from Mitch to great success.

3 of the participants were then interviewed by Fax TV on their experience of the day, which can be seen on the clubs social media.

One person from each of the 2 groups, Jacob Smith and Leo Kemp were awarded with a signed “Sky Try” ball by the 4 players and also each participant got a certificate and a free ticket to today’s game. The participants were also given photos of the 4 players which they got signed at the end of the camp. A warm welcome to all of them today.

Greetland Allrounders junior Chairman, Gavin Davies sent the following email to the Halifax RLFC on his clubs behalf:-

“Just a quick but sincere thank you to everyone from ‘Fax who made one in at the skill camp today. The kids had great fun and it was great for us as a club to have your support”

If your school or community club would like to get involved in our “Sky Try “ programme, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..



Tesco Bag for Help

The Calderdale Community Coaching trust have been awarded a grant from the Tesco Bag for Help scheme. We are now in a voting process for funding up to the value of £5,000. We need our partners and friends to vote by visiting their local Tesco store and voting for us. Voting is taking place across all Tesco stores throughout Calderdale. The project is called "Fax Fit and Healthy". This will be a fitness session aimed at getting people re-engages in physical activity which will lead to a healthier lifestyle. Halifax RLFC players will deliver the sessions at a venue to be confirmed. More news will be on here when we have it confirmed.

Sky Try

We are please to announce we were successful in securing funding for a 2nd year from the RFL's Sky Try programme. We have started delivering to primary school, Warley Road with 85 pupils participating in rugby league for the first time. If your school would like to get involved in our Sky Try project, please contact Chris Mitchell on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Past Players Dinner

Our Heritage staff, Chris O'Connor and Ian Buckley were at the Halifax RLFC past players dinner on Friday and delivered a presentation to all who attended and explained what the project will involved. We got some good information from past players who represented the club at Thrum Hall. If you would like to get involved with this exciting project as a volunteer, please get in touch with either Chris at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or ian at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Heritage co-ordinator

We are delighted to have Ian Buckley on board to assist us as a Heritage Lottery co-ordinator for the duration of the project. He will work with existing member of staff Chris O'Connor on this exciting project. The heritage project will be delivered across Calderdale to the whole of our community. If you would be interested in becoming a volunteer within our project, please contact Chris on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Heritage Lottery Funding secured

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”




Play Touch Rugby League

Due to unforeseen circumstances our 2016 Play Touch Rugby competition has now finished for the summer. Massive thanks to all 52 people who registered for the activity and look forward to seeing them all in 2017.

Thanks to the Calderdale College for the use of their fantastic facility and thanks to the RFL in their support.