The Play Touch team have set up a competition for a night out at Nando's for all players. See info below on how to win this fantastic prize. 

Anyone who attends at our Calderdale Touch sessions must use Twitter and the hash tag #PlayTouchRL to tweet to @PlayTouchRL about their experience that week.  In the tweet they must include #calderdalePTRL to count.  The tweet must include a picture of them at the site playing or socialising.  Players can tweet as many times as they want, but using different pictures and images (all positive of course)

The competition starts on the 1st June 7am and ends on the 8th June 7am

You CANNOT reference Nandos in your tweet or the prize 

For example: 

Had a great night @ScunthorpeTouch #PlayTouchRL can’t wait for next week! #ScunthorpePTRL 

We are encouraging our players to talk about their experiences of Play Touch Rugby League and using #PlayTouchRL

The winning site will be the one that gets the most interactions and tweets that week

Remember if you get lots of RT’s from big followers or Celebs your score goes up!!!!!!! So try and get players, influential people to RT or also join in.

This will be tracked by the Play Touch Rugby League team daily so get tweeting!!!!





Stephen Pearson Memorial shield

The CCCT are pleased to have restored the Stephen Pearson memorial shield to represent Rugby League success in Calderdale.  The original shield was lost due to unforeseen circumstances and even after extensive searches it was agreed to replace it. 

Stephen Pearson, was a former Director and CEO of the Halifax RLFC who put together the package which saved the club from closure over 10 years ago. This was all during one of the worst periods in the clubs illustrious history when they got relegated from the Super League.  A Liberal Democrat councillor and former mayor of Calderdale, Stephen passed away at the end of 2003 and the memorial shield was created in his memory.

The Shield was presented to the Year 7 Calderdale School Rugby League final winners last Tuesday evening.  This was Brookesbank High Y7s and Jeniffer Pearson, Stephens widow, was on hand to present it on the day (pictured far left).  The CCCT will now take over the upkeep of the shield and ensure it continues to be presented to this age group each year.

Peninne Skills sessions

The Halifax R.L.F.C and CCCT are offering a free 4 Week Rugby League Coaching Programme, open to all children and young people living on the Furness Estate in Halifax.

They are being held Thursdays from 4pm - 6pm
• Session 1 - 1st May 2014
• Session 2 - 8th May 2014
• Session 3 - 15th May 2014
• Session 4 - 22nd May 2014
Where: Ovenden Rugby Club, Cousin Lane on the MUGA Pitch.

Big Frank and the CCCT team are delivering most of these sessions which include full contact Rugby League tackling and ball handling skills.  Fopr more details please see the Peninne Housing office on the estate.


Jelly Beans And Muffins

This week will mark our first full month of Calderdale Touch on the Moor. To help lift the spirits of our members, the CCCT have gone old school and brought some sweets to tempt more players down on Wednesday evenings.  This month sees Jelly Beans making a strong start and with almost 2 jars going in the first 2 sessions they are proving popular with everyone. 

We also gave out 3 Birthday Muffins to our members celebrating their special days over the Easter period.  Each had their photos taken and enjoyed their Muffin surprises.  (Photos available on our facebook and twitter pages)

We have now over 50 registered players and are confident we can start a league competition in May.  There is still time to get yourself or your team of 10 registered to play in our competition for 2014, all you need to to is either turn up on the night or register online at

In case you don't know, we are right outside the changing sheds above Manor Heath and we have a gazebo up so you cant miss us.  The Jelly Beans are under there too but be sure to register before you try taking any.

Easter sessions with Peninne Housing

This Easter the CCCT will be delivering at 2 events with Peninne Housing and their Dreamscheme team.  The events will be held in estates in Hipperholme and Lightcliffe and Furness in Illingworth.  We will be delivering sports sessions which will feature Rugby League and Play Touch RL which the whole family can enjoy. 

The CCCT are pleased to continue our successful partnership with our friends at the Peninne Housing 2000 group, part of Together Housing. For the past 4 years we have worked on sporting projects and holiday clubs with the help of the fantastic Family Interventions team and the Calderdale Youth Offending Team.

If you are a resident or just passing by this Thursday 24th and Friday 25th of April, please don't hesitate to come down to enjoy a few hours with the CCCT team.

First night of Calderdale Play Touch

Last week saw the start of the Calderdale Play Touch competition on the Savile Park Moor.  With a light drizzle and a chilling wind the first few teams appeared like a shining light through the grey clouds!!  There were some familiar faces from last years winning team the 'Odds and Ends' which included Steve Shearne and his entire family who gave him more than a little support.  There were also the Siddal 'All Stars' returning with youth and enthusiasm abound.  

This year sees the birth of an exciting new team called the 'Upbeat Bandits' who are all new to the game but they have had the advantage of 4 weeks coaching with CCCT staff at 3GI soccer through March.  Sporting their new branded Play Touch Rugby League water bottles and showing off their new found skills the new team didn't look out of place at all.

Play Touch Rugby League staff were on hand to help register everyone on our first night and they were also impressed with the turn out. The proof in the success was in the smiling faces of the teams as they skipped gingerly back to their cars to warm back up!!!

If you and your friends want to come up and try Play Touch out, you can find us behind the Fish n Chip shop on Savile Park above Manor Heath. We will be there for the next 15 weeks come rain or shine (mostly shine!!!)


Whitley Phoenix Centre sessions

Chris Mitchell (above) lead CCCT staff in completing a month of intensive full contact Rugby League skills at the Whitley Phoenix Centre pupil referral unit.  We were asked to deliver the master class to the years 10 and 11 boys in the hope they can make up a team and play a few games locally.  CCCT staff were pleased with the turn out as we had up to 15 lads taking part in one session which included defensive technique and evasion.  

Unsurprisingly the talent shone through and the pleasing aspect for staff was the work ethic of the majority of the students.  Both Big Frank (pictured below) and Chris Mitchell were both impressed with the efforts of the team and hope they continue with all the good work.

Siddal ARLFC Head coach Gareth Greenwood is a teacher at the Phoenix Centre school and has long believed in the positive lessons that can be passed on through sport.  This isn't the first time the Phoenix Centre has had a Rugby League team nor the first time the CCCT have been into the school, however, this group of young men have proved to us all that they can stand out from the crowd.

PTRL Roadshow at the Shay


The Play Touch Rugby League Roadshow is coming to the Shay this Sunday.  They will be signing people up for the Calderdale Touch competition which starts next Wednesday 2nd April.  The Competition is being run by the CCCT and Halifax RLFC on Savile Park Moor for 16 weeks over the summer. 

You don't need to be in a team to play as we accept individuals or smaller groups on the night. However the first 6 teams to register will go into a draw to win a corporate package to the Shay to watch a Halifax RLFC game this season.

To help train players up the CCCT staff have been running Touch Skills sessions at 3gi soccer centre.  The last of these is this Wednesday night at 530pm and everyone who attends gets a free ticket to the Doncaster match this weekend.


If you are interested please contact us on this website, via Facebook or Twitter.

Play Touch Rugby League skills sessions


Our Play Touch Rugby League skills sessions begin on the 5th of March 2014 and will be held at the new 3Gi Soccer centre which is inn the Old Shaw Mill opposite the Shay Stadium.  They will run for 4 weeks from 5.30pm to 6.30 pm and will include some small sided games as well as basic touch skills and rules of play.  There is no past experience required for these skill sessions, just an enthusiasm to learn and have some fun.  If you can manage to attend more than once you will receive a free Play Touch Rugby League branded water bottle and a Halifax RLFC match ticket.  We can also offer you support in registering online to our Savile Park Touch competition on using the BOOK NOW feature or just register your interest.

CCCT staff Frank Watene and Chris Mitchell will be heading up the skills sessions and the competition, so look out for them both if you have any questions regarding Play Touch RL.  Both were the driving force behind last years successful Charity touch competition, which saw the final played into extra time and eventually being won by the 'Odds n Ends' team, captained by Steve Shearne.  Both finalists including runners up the GBA Care touch team have already expressed their interest in playing again this year.  I'm sure GBA team captain Chris Kershaw will be out for revenge and will be bringing down a side to compete for the trophy.

If you have never played and want to try it out before registering yourself or your team for the Calderdale Touch competition in April then please consider popping down to our taster sessions.  

Funding for Faxettes and Bluebelles ends


The Faxettes and Bluebelles have been a regular feature of Halifax RLFC games for the past 7 years.

The last 2 years has seen the loss of grant funding, the continued lack of new members and the CCCT were unable to secure any new sponsorship.

Due to this fact the CCCT have made the tough decision to axe our dance programme for 2014.  Even with the kind donations of our longstanding supporters there remains a shortfall in finances which the CCCT cannot meet. 

This sad news comes as the first Halifax RLFC game of 2014 is due to start this weekend at home.

Frank Watene, Project Manager for the CCCT says,

'It feels like the end of an era for the CCCT and the loss of this dance programme will be hard to fill in our delivery programme.  We have reached so many young people through our dance programme and the girls are well known around the community for all their charitable work including the Halifax Charity Gala and other community shows.'

Frank also says, 'I would like to thank Hazel Shaw, our dance tutor, for her long service to the CCCT and wish her all the best for the future in all her endeavours.'

The Bluebelles were at one time nearly 100 strong at the height of its popularity but have slowly been on the decline.  There have been many new faces over the years but the proof of the programmes success was in the development and promotion of the current Faxettes from within the Bluebelles dance pathway. 

The CCCT are welcoming the news that the Halifax RLFC are looking at creating an alternative dance programme themselves, as they realise the importance of dance to the young people of Halifax.  Further details of this new programme will be posted on the Halifax RLFC website within the next few weeks.