West Leeds RUFC have held their first Community Links day – and what a success it was, writes Glenn Broadbent.
Volunteers from the Armley branch of British Gas arrived at Blue Hill Lane and spent the morning litter picking and moving 2.5 tonnes of hardcore to help with ground improvements.
In the afternoon 24 teenage volunteers and four staff members from National Citizens Service – The Challenge met with club president Barry Breakwell to learn about the history of the game and West Leeds RUFC.
Emma Lawson talked about the support received from Yorkshire Carnegie, while daughter Ebony explained how much playing for the under 15s girls team meant to her.
The volunteers then went on to create a poster to attract young people to the game.
Event organiser and chairman of the club’s old boy’s society Glenn Broadbent said:
“This was a great day for the West Leeds and hopefully will be the first of many. If we are to expand the game it is vital we reach out to local business and third sector groups.”
West Leeds’ first home game is on Saturday, 8th September when they take on local rivals Morley in the first-ever League fixture between the sides.