Play Touch Rugby League

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Frank Watene, Project Manager of the Calderdale Community Coaching Trust, is bringing an ‘Extraordinary’ new format of Rugby League to Halifax. The game offers all the thrill, excitement and camaraderie of the traditional game but without the high impact tackling. Frank and his team are recruiting players now and inviting anybody interesting in giving it a try to come along to taster session being held through March.  The first people to sign up get a free water bottle and a Halifax RLFC match ticket.

Play Touch Rugby League has been designed by the RFL to make playing the sport much more accessible to a wider audience.

Just like in the traditional format of the game, team’s score by grounding the ball over the opposition’s try line. Teams must also pass the ball backwards and have six opportunities to score.  To stop the opposition from scoring, a player must touch, rather than tackle, the player on the ball. After six touches, the attacking team must pass the ball to the defending team who then has six new scoring opportunities.

Frank says: “The game is every bit as thrilling to play as the traditional format. In fact, in some cases it can be faster and more engaging because a touch results in less down time than a full contact tackle. Players are much less likely to suffer an injury than they are in the full contact game but have the same opportunity to improve their fitness and enjoy all the social benefits of being a part of a team.”

Play Touch Rugby League games take place across two, 20 minute halves. Each team has six players on the field at any one time and are permitted to make as many substitutions as they like.

Frank adds: “Almost anybody can get involved in Play Touch Rugby League. Locally, I am really hoping to attract more women into the sport and also to tempt ex full contact rugby league players back into playing. People should not be put off if they do not feel physically fit. Everybody has to start somewhere and we can all work on fitness together.”

The cost is £4 if you turn up as an individual.  Alternatively you can register as a team and pay £20 per night or £300 for the entire 16 week competition.  The first 6 teams to register enter a draw to win a hospitality package for 10 people to a Halifax RLFC match this season.


Sessions start on Wednesday 2nd of April at 6pm sharp. If you are interested in getting involved call Frank on 07738056119 or visit for more information.

Malcolm Kielty Honoured


Malcolm Kielty has been the driving force in Wheelchair sports in Calderdale for many years.  So to those of us who have ever worked with him it will come as no surprise that he has been awarded an MBE in the Queens Honours List, for services to Wheelchair Rugby League.

To list all of his achievements would not pay him justice because its not why he does this work.  However, here are some of the standouts chosen by Frank Watene, Project Manager of the CCCT and who has had the pleasure of working with Malcolm for the past 8 years.

'For starters it was Malcolms vision which helped create and sustain the CCCT almost 10 years ago.  Within this contaxt he has started our wheelchair cheerleading group the 'Dragons and our Young at Heart over 50s group. For  this year’s  Rugby League World Cup, he helped to form an Irish Wheel Chair  team which took part for the first time. '

'Prior to this he cofounded the Cardinals Basketball charity from which he later helped form the Gt Britain Wheel Chair team which went onto to win the World Cup in Australia in 2008, a team which included two local brothers, Harry and Jack Brown. He was also responsible for persuading Hannah Cockroft MBE to try out for Wheel Chair sport, whilst she was at Trinity School. '

Franks says finally, 'Malcolm is constantly hard at work either writing funding applications or on a steering group, just making a difference in whatever he puts his hand to.  If he's not at home on his laptop then he will be in Turkey with Pat......still working!!!'

  Malcolm has always been a passionate follower of Rugby League, especially the Halifax RLFC.  Malcolm’s father was the famous Halifax scrum half, Stan Kielty, who is in the Club’s Hall of Fame.

Cool Katz Cards

The Halifax RLFC are relaunching their Cool Katz Cards for the 2014 season with a new player fronting the initiative!  Andy Bracek is the new face for the club and will send out a weekly newsletter to all members on whats coming up that week.  As a vital member of the first team at Halifax, Andy will give up his personal time to drive this club forward. 

Andy Bracek

Andys says 'I'm looking forward to running this kids club a lot.  Its a way of giving something back to those young supporters who are the future of our club.'

Andy and other first team players will make appearances in junior schools to help promote these cards in the new year.  You can request a visit by contacting us below. 

The cards are free to any child aged 5 to 11 years old and come with added discounts from Halifax RLFC sponsors and local businesses who are supporting the group. 

To get your FREE Cool Katz Card please email Frank on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or contact the club on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  


Young at Heart Hit Manchester

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Last month a bus load of our Young at Heart group made the long trip over the Pennines for some Christmas shopping and a bit of culture.  Over 30 people went on to enjoy a fun filled day out to Manchester  with a good day being had by all.  This is the second time the group have organised this particular trip and it comes after an already successful year of outings by the group.  Our committee is continuously searching for new and exciting activities to either travel to or invite on site each Thursday.  We are already in planning for 2014 so get down this Thursday to start enjoying everything this dynamic and daring over 50s group have to offer.

Christmas 'Drop and Shop'

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The CCCT have teamed up with Rugger Ratz in partnership with Halifax RLFC, to offer local parents a lifeline during the hectic period leading up to Christmas.

Children hate shopping, but they LOVE playing! So let us entertain them for you with not only rugby fun, but Wii, crafts and so much more...

All boys and girls aged 4 - 11 years are welcome on Saturdays 14th & 21st December, 11am - 4pm at the Inspire Sports Centre, Calderdale College, Halifax.

For just £20 per child per Saturday (£5 discount for siblings) let your children have 5 hours of fun with us: meet Halicat, Halifax RLFC 1st Team players, receive a Cool Katz membership with every place which entitles each child to free entry to all Halifax RLFC home games + extra local discounts for the whole family.

Happy kids AND your last minute Christmas shopping done in peace!

Booking is essential as places are limited, a £10 deposit per child is required along with a booking form - don’t miss out!

Contact Joleene: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

or ‘Big Frank’: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 07738056119.

You’ll find more information on Facebook/ & Download booking forms from




10,000 at the Shay

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November the 10th saw the big RLWC 2013 match kick off at the Shay Stadium in front of over ten thousand people!  The CCCT were present in the support staff on the day with Chris Mitchell in charge of the young mascots who accompanied the players out and the 'Parade of Champions'.  He also helped to organise the Masters Rugby League match on the pitch during the day.  A big thank you for his hardwork on the day and efforts before for the CCCT in the build up.

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'Big Frank' was also working on the day, leading the children in the Tongan war dance or 'Sipi Tau'.  There were just short of 500 children who performed with the help and support of school staff and members of the 'Upbeat' team on the pitch.  All who attended have had high praise for the event and enjoyed the once in a lifetime opportunities they had thanks to CCCT staff.

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The Bluebelles and Faxettes had a high profile role dancing in both the halftime entertainment for the RLWC and on the pitch during the match.  Hazel Shaw the creative director and Dance tutor of the team said that this was 'the most exciting opportuinity for these girls and something they will never forget'.


In short it was a fantastic job from all the team at the CCCT.  A big Thanks to all those young people who took part in the day and were part of the 10,000 who attended the Shay with us.  

Wheelchair Tag Rugby League in schools

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This school term sees the start of our next round of Wheelchair Tag Rugby League sessions in Calderdale.  We have previously completed 3 other blocks successfully with the help of West Yorkshire sports Sportivate funding, which hopes to increase participation in sport of youing people aged 14 to 24 years of age. We are again delivering another lot of sessions through winter at Halifax HS, Trinity Academy and Todmorden HS.

All the young people who we deliver to will be directed to the Halifax WTRLC who are based at Calderdale College and are keen to grow as a club and develop new talent.  Their training nights are thursdays from 7pm but dont start until afer Christmas.  CCCT staff are keen to point out that our staff are fully qualified and our coach Andy Atkinson is already well known in the community.

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Almost a sellout!!

With only 3 days to go before the Rugby League Worl Cup game at the Shay Stadium Between Tonga and Italy, there are almost no tickets left.  The CCCT have been working very hard with Frank Watene in the delivery of the Sipi tau to the local schools and are proud in oiur part in selling these tickets.

Frank Watene has said, 'It will be great to see the Shay at capacity for this game.  It will also mean that there will be loads of people to see the Sipi Tau performance by all the schools.'

The game is shaping up to be a winner takes all encounter so there should be fire works during the match as well.  See you there!Tonga Vs Italy poster

Kurling at Luddendenfoot Civic Centre

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The Young @ Heart group have comission CCCT staff to help promote our New Age Indoor Kurling with new groups across Calderdale.  Andy Atkinson, one of our qualified Kurling staff hass been out to the civic centre at Luddendenfoot and delivered a taster session to their very enthusiastic group.  It was so successful that he has already put another date in his diary to return abd run another session. 

If you would like CCCT staff to come out to your organisation for a taster session please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Sipi tau for RLWC match

Mate ma'a TongaOver 500 primary school children from Calderdale will have the chance of a lifetime to perform the Tongan Haka (Sipi Tau) before the Rugby League World Cup game at the Shay Stadium in Halifax.  

Tonga will play Italy in the final match of Group C on Sunday 10 November 2013 at 4pm, and the children will be on the pitch before the game to perform in front of the crowd. 

The Sipi Tau is an impressive Tongan war dance. Frank Watene, former Halifax RLFC star, has been visiting Calderdale schools in the lead up to the game and teaching the dance to the children. The schools have then been using a YouTube video to continue to practise up until the big day. Bowling Green Primary School was one of the first schools to take up the challenge and 67 of its pupils will be performing on the day. 

Calderdale Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities, Cllr Steve Sweeney, said: 

“It’s great that the community and schools are really getting behind the Rugby League World Cup game. This is going to be an exciting game for the whole family to enjoy.” 

Frank Watene said: 

“I’ve been amazed at the response of the schools and the children. It’s excellent that over 500 children will be able to perform the Tongan Haka on the pitch before the game and then see the Tongans perform it for real.” 

Wendy Thompson, teacher at Bowling Green Primary School, said: 

“The children have really enjoyed learning the Haka; it has been a fantastic experience! They are extremely excited about performing before the match. The rugby coaching and the Haka lessons were a fantastic opportunity for the children and staff to work with professional coaches and international players. It was wonderful to see the children’s skills develop in such positive and high-energy lessons.” 

Some of the students from Bowling Green share their excitement: 

“It’s been really good fun learning the Togan Haka!” – Alex and Christy 

“We have enjoyed learning the Tongan language, particuarlly the ‘HE HA’ part!” – Charlie and Holly 

“We’ve had good fun teaching it to members of our families.” – Rhianna and Emily   

Tickets are still available for the game and start at just £10 (£5 concession) and they can be bought by visiting or calling the 24 hour ticket hotline on 0844 847 2013.