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A Question that came up at Tuesday night’s supporters meeting was “Have you heard of Sam’s Team and what is it all about?”
Tim Jones the U16s Scholarship coach went on to answe.

Basically Sky’s  BOOTS ‘n’ ALL programme has followed Wigan’s Sam Tompkins over a number of weeks in a school in Halifax. The project is run by Sky Sports and is called LIVING FOR SPORTS. This is a nationwide project using sport as a tool to engage high school students to achieve the following:

Boost confidence;

Change behaviours;

Increase attainment;

Improve life skills.

Sam’s Team is not just about the playing side of the game, but the youngsters have to select the players, coaches, support staff,  media staff, promotion of the event, and even designing of the kit!!!! Therefore showing other avenues within sport if they cannot perform.

Tim then went on “I have a similar programme running at Moorend Academy. I work with 11 year 9 students using sport again as a powerful tool to re-engage them to the importance of school, good behaviour, and respect.

“Hopefully over the next 7 weeks the students will buy into our ideas and will enjoy their sport and will understand how important certain values are and that rules must be observed both on the field and in life. This will be a very tough challenge but we want to give these students a chance to redeem themselves and get back on track with a little help.”

“The School is an excellent eat of learning with fantastic staff” Tim continued. “Hopefully if this project is a success it will be taken to other schools in the Huddersfield area.”

Tim can be contacted for sports coaching, conditioning, or general questions at tim.jones3@sky.com.

A couple of points from last week’s Magic Weekend article.

Firstly with regard to the term ‘oldies’. I have been ribbed playfully about using tis term. I do hope everyone else has taken it in the same vein- after all, I class myself in this category these days!

Secondly, does anyone know the two teenage lads mentioned? A lot of people have commented about their excellent attitude and would like to thank them, if not personally, then in a letter.

Reminders:

The last date for entering the ‘Giant Teaser’ is Sunday 23rd June [Leeds match].

We have special offers on all RLWC2013 [World Cup] matches.

12th

The Heritage Lottery Fund [HLF] recently held a presentation at the House Of Commons to launch the programme ‘First World War: Then and Now’. This will enable local communities, to commemorate, conserve and share their Great War experiences. Over 150 MPs and Peers from across the United Kingdom attended the event.

From the whole of the country, 5 dedicated WW1-type projects were on show - plus ours! This was in recognition of the project’s work in helping the Huddersfield community to understand the experiences of local people during the Great War.

“It is good to know that the HLF is happy with what we are doing.” said Brian Heywood. “The foresight to include World War I in our Activity Plan back in 2011 has enable us be well prepared for 2014 and be recognised at events such as this. The support of our superb steering group and all local volunteers has so far been invaluable, without whom our project would be impossible.”

“The HLF was particularly keen for us to stress the partnerships we have built in Huddersfield.

“Local university students are helping to research and write our ‘Huddersfield in World War I’ book, the first to cover the entirety of the war in the town. The local history and civic societies are also assisting with invaluable advice for it.

“Our World War I Town Centre Trail is being produced in partnership with Discover Huddersfield, which is itself an amalgamation of several local organisations.

“The book and trial will both be published in 2014, in time for the centenary of the start of the war.

“Our major link between Rugby League and the war is Huddersfield’s Team of All Talents, winners of all four available trophies in 1914-15.

“Most of these players went to war and two of them, international forward Fred Longstaff and the reserve team’s Edward Haigh, did not return.

“One of our volunteers, David Gronow, has transcribed the 1917 war diary of another international, Douglas Clark. Douglas’s diary ends when he is invalided out of the war with 90% injuries and the Military Medal for bravery after which he defied medical advice by not only playing again, but regaining his international place and later becoming All-in Wrestling Champion of the World. Since publicising Douglas’s story we have been approached by two playwrights and a filmmaker who want to put his story onto stage and screen.

Huddersfield in World War I will also be a unit of our local history scheme of work, which is free to local schools, and feature in our main exhibition at the Tolson Museum, which opens in October.”

This is just one exciting event in a calendar of activities for the project that will be working across the local community until November 2014.

Reminders:

The last date for entering the ‘Giant Teaser’ is Sunday 23rd June [Leeds match]. Will members please supply items for the hamper.

We have special offers on all RLWC2013 [World Cup] matches.

19th

Some dates for your diary this week.

At half-time during the Leeds game, we shall be giving the club a further £250 for the development of the juniors at the Giants. This is a direct result of your membership fees, the Giant Teaser Quiz, pre-match domino cards, etc.

The Leeds match is also the final date for the Giant Teaser Quiz to be handed in. Tuesday July 2nd: our guest speaker will be our very own Trevor Kaye.

Trevor is a long-time supporter of the club. He has held many positions within it and has been a Radio Leeds RL commentator. He has many interesting anecdotes for us – let’s hope that his wife Sheila lets him tell the really good ones!

On Sunday July 21st we shall be having a Craft Session for youngsters. It will take place between 1 o’clock and 2:30 in the Fantastic Media Suite. There will be opportunities for youngsters to design & make their own Giants badge, make a Giant banner for the players’ dressing room, make their very own Giant rattle. Places will be limited so come early.

Sunday August 4th sees the return of the Junior Disco, again in the Fantastic Media Suite. Come along and get the players to join in the dancing and games between 1:00and 2:30.

Tuesday August 6th: our Guest Speaker will be Jason McCartney MP. He has been given strict instructions to keep it non-political! He will explain his role within the Parliamentary RL Group.

Tuesday September 3rd: a Giant Quiz night. Teams of 4 with the first 16 teams having a player as a guest member. The questions will cover a wide range of topics including some, if you know the phrase, ‘Wally Questions’! The cost will be £8 per team with a huge monetary prize for the winners, so book your place now.

Tuesday October 2nd: a meeting combining our Annual General Meeting, the presentation of the Wagstaffe Trophy, followed by a fun social.

Wednesday October 23rd: 6.30 to 8.30pm, the launch of the Heritage Project with an Exhibition at the Tolson Museum. This will last for 6 months.

Friday November 1st: The 'Huddersfield Rugby League: A Lasting Legacy' Heritage Project invites you to enjoy the very best of Rugby League at the World Cup Fans' Celebration Day at the John Smith's Stadium.

Saturday November 2nd: England v Ireland at the JS Stadium.

Please remember that our monthly Tuesday meetings are held at Turnbridge WMC on St Andrews Road [near Aspley]. We meet at 7:30 pm for a 7:45 pm start. Our meetings are open to all with members gaining entry for free, but guests are required to donate £1.

Finally, you will see some of us selling raffle tickets at the next few home games.  They are for an England shirt signed by Eorl, a couple of tickets for the England v Ireland game at the JS Stadium, a World Cup Beany hat, and possibly more!

We have special offers on all RLWC2013 [World Cup] match tickets.

26th

Over the last year, since the successful Olympic Games, the number of sports trying to get our attention has grown. The media is being pulled one way and then the other, covering cycling more, netball more, plus many high and low profile sports stars and competitions.

So, Rugby League fans have to look after their own interests and support all the companies and institutions that support our game.

For instance, Sky Sports, whether you love them or hate them, invest a lot of money into Rugby League and give the game a lot of coverage that Auntie Beeb just can’t. But you don’t have to subscribe to receive the TV coverage return Sky’s support. Why not access their very good website which is full of all sorts of background information as well as interviews and opinions?

Don’t stop there! The BBC has various web pages, both local and national, which give previews and reports, as well as news. And, there is the comprehensive coverage offered by James Deighton and the crew at BBC Radio Leeds.

Talking of local, there are Chris Roberts and his team who keep us informed here in Huddersfield writing in this Examiner. Support them by buying the paper or reading the website. The more clicks they receive the more likely that the information that you want will continue to be forthcoming.

In addition, there are many fans who put a lot of time and effort into helping us all receive the information that we need. www.rugbyleagueontv.co.uk has, for those without Sky, links to all the radio stations covering all the Super League games.

And there are one or two Giants fans who Tweet from all the matches, giving instant comment and scores for those who can’t attend. For them to continue they need your support.

The companies who sponsor our game, and our teams, and the matches do so for a number of reasons. Yes, they want us to buy their products, but they also want to support their local communities and this is one way of achieving that. So why not buy one of their products, even just occasionally, so that they get the message that we appreciate their support.

Finally, get out there and support the Huddersfield Giants! Support the team, the back-room staff and the events they organise, the shops, and remember to buy your tickets at the stadium to help fund the team.

And, try one more time to talk a friend or workmate into coming to a match.

You are supporters, so live up to that name!

Oh yes, why not support us in the Supporters Association too!

Reproduced by kind permission of the Huddersfield Examiner
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