About Huddersfield Community Trust
Huddersfield Community Trust is a registered charity (1117768) and non-profit making organisation.
Using the influence of professional sport, we are responsible for all community sports and educational activities on behalf of Huddersfield Giants Rugby League.
Huddersfield Community Trust has the ability to engage people, improve community cohesion, improve fitness and well-being and raise the hopes and aspirations of the people of Kirklees, Calderdale and Wakefield.
With over 200,000 people visiting The Zone every year and sports coaching delivered to children of all ages in local schools in the community, the charity uses the power of sport to inspire people of all ages through four key areas: Sport, Education, Health & Social Inclusion.
Based at indoor venue, The Zone, we also provide further opportunities with a variety of different departments including the Dance Zone, Elite Sports Education Academy and the National Citizen Service. To find out more about our departments, click here.
Is to be recognised and supported as a charity and the number one provider of fun, sport, education and social inclusion, whilst meeting the needs of the local community.
In placing Huddersfield Community Trust at the heart of the community we will use the influence of professional sport to:
- Increase participation in sport
- Promote health and well-being within local communities
- Deliver an inclusive programme of activities that involves and engages with hard to reach groups, improving community cohesion
- Develop and empower leaders, coaches and volunteers
- Engage and inspire young people, raising and celebrating educational achievement.
“I was given the challenge of finding an all-day venue for our 100 strong team, that we could use all day, in any weather, that catered for all abilities. I am quite familiar with the Zone but had never considered it from a corporate point of view. I contacted Lisa at The Zone who put me in touch with The Zone Manager Roger and there it all began!
On the day itself we started the day on the astro turf pitch where a business centre had been set up, 100 chairs conference style, PA system ready to go with the IT equipment fully ready for our business update. The café area had been transformed into a welcoming breakfast bar with refreshments prepared and ready for our teams to indulge in and the fantastic lunch was served in one of the huge party rooms.
The afternoon session was absolutely amazing! There were a variety of games that each and every one of our guests could get involved in. It was great to see all the teams competing against each other whilst thoroughly enjoying themselves. The team at The Zone didn’t let us down! We had completely smashed the brief I was given and I can’t wait for the next one, I know who I will be calling. Thank you guys, you helped me smash that challenge and I couldn’t have done it without you!!
Claire Heaton, EA to Peter Branson, CEO of Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice
“Action First Campaign Group Kirklees is a local campaign group led by members who look at local issues and campaign to improve accessibility, facilities and lives of/for local people with disabilities. Action First are currently running a campaign about Changing Places and the need for more local facilities. Changing Places improve access to the local community for so many people who have multiple disabilities which can restrict their lives and those of their families who are tied to the time they can spend away from home. The Zone have so many great facilities, by having a Changing Place these facilities could be accessed by so many more people improving family life, mental and physical wellbeing and the local community.”
Samantha Jones, Safe Places Co-ordinator at Mencap in Kirklees
“We run 4 ‘Football Funday’ events at The Zone per year which are inclusive events for adults with learning disabilities. Attendance is about 100 people per events with about 55 service users plus carers, coaches, volunteers and staff from the NHS per event. The events are a joint venture with The Zone, the FA, Kirklees Active Leisure, and South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Trust staff including the Kirklees Learning disability service and Creative Minds. The service users are of mixed ability across the spectrum of learning disabilities and Autistic Spectrum conditions. Many use wheelchairs or have limited mobility. NHS and day services attend the event from across Kirklees, Calderdale, Wakefield and Barnsley. We have done several event evaluations and they evaluate extremely well.
The Zone provide the venue, some coaches and offer a deal on the pitch hire. For our Trust this offers a central location with plenty of accessible free parking, a safe welcoming environment, large areas for seating and relaxing and a café.”
Alex Feather, Project Worker at Creative Minds
“I just wanted to take the time to give you some direct feedback relating to our son recent football birthday party held at the Zone on Saturday 18th March at 2pm. It was my son’s 8th birthday and he is football mad, hence the football party booking we made.
Upon arrival the individual who was to be our event coordinator, Ashley, came to greet us and took the birthday cake into the room for safe storage. Throughout the day Ashley was brilliant. He went well above the call of duty and assisted whenever anything was needed. He was great with the kids in the football game and really made everything come together. A genuine, personable individual whom we were all happy to have interacted with. He was also commented on by a number of other parents relating to his positive attitude and helpfulness.
The reason I am writing this is that people usually only write to complain when something goes wrong but rarely give positive feedback when it is due. Having spent nearly two decades as a head-hunter, sourcing and selecting executives for businesses, I believe that Ashley’s temperament and personality are a huge asset to your business and wanted to make sure that you were directly notified of this positive employee within your organisation.”