Featherstone Rovers Charity boosted by donation from the Santander Foundation

The Featherstone Rovers Foundation has been awarded £5,000 to fund a Street Sport project. The scheme is designed to tackle anti-social behaviour by engaging young people in sporting activity and is aimed at specific areas in Featherstone and Pontefract.

The donation was provided by the Santander Foundation, which offers Discovery Grants to UK registered charities for projects that help disadvantaged people in local communities.

The Featherstone Rovers Foundation organises projects and activities within the Featherstone and Five Towns area as well as the wider Wakefield Metropolitan District. The foundation uses the power of sport and the Featherstone Rovers RLFC reputation to provide activities which help give people in the community skills to lead healthy and active lifestyles. The selection of activities used allows the charity to engage with a diverse range of people from the community and to celebrate individual and team successes.

The grant will enable the Foundation’s experienced and qualified coaches to work in targeted areas where anti-social behaviour is high, in order to provide a positive and alternative activity. The activities will be sports based and may include a variety of games which can be played out in the open such as on council provided multi-use games areas and fields.

Amy Hardman, Head of Community Development at Featherstone Rovers Foundation said: ‘We are thrilled that Santander Foundation will be supporting this project to tackle anti-social behaviour, we are really looking forward to providing the young people of Featherstone and Pontefract with the tools to get active and involved in this enrichment programme.”

Jane Tucker, Branch Manager at Santander’s Pontefract branch, said: “The Santander Foundation makes hundreds of donations every year to good causes throughout the UK. We are committed to playing a key part in the community and we are delighted to be supporting Featherstone Rovers Foundation, and hope the donation makes a real difference to local people.”

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Notes to Editors:

Media Contact
Leonora Burtenshaw at Santander      Email: leonora.burtenshaw@santander.co.uk  
Tel: 020 7756 4543

Featherstone Rovers Foundation amy.hardman@featherstonerovers.co.uk 01977 781674


About Featherstone Rovers Foundation

The Featherstone Rovers Foundation is the official charity of Featherstone Rovers RLFC, registered Charity No. 1118452. It delivers projects and activities within the Featherstone and Five Towns area and other areas of Wakefield Metropolitan District.

It uses the power of sport and the Featherstone Rovers RLFC reputation to give the community skills to lead fulfilled, healthy and active lifestyles. Each year it engages with over 20,000 people across Wakefield Metropolitan District.

Its diverse range of activities allows it to engage participants from a wide range of different backgrounds and encourage a greater community spirit, celebrating individual as well as group achievements.

It works with primary and secondary schools, community clubs and voluntary organisations and run holiday camps, rugby festivals, community days and health and education projects to engage with both children and adults from all over the community.

For more information please visit: https://www.featherstonerovers.co.uk/the-rovers-foundation/  

Santander Foundation
The Santander Foundation is at the heart of the Bank’s community activities, providing grants to small charities and social enterprises working with disadvantaged people to fund skills, knowledge and innovation projects across the UK. Discovery Grants of up to £5,000 are available to support three types of activity:

  • Explorer: improving people’s knowledge
  • Transformer: supporting skills and experience
  • Changemaker: innovative solutions to social challenges

Over the last five years, the Santander Foundation has provided £26 million in funding to 13,914 UK charities through Discovery Grants and Staff Matched Donations. For more information please visit: www.santanderfoundation.org.uk

Santander UK is a financial services provider in the UK that offers a wide range of personal and commercial financial products and services. It has brought real competition to the UK, through its innovative products for retail customers and relationship banking model for UK SMEs. At 31 December 2017, the bank serves around 14 million active customers with c19,500 employees and operates through 806 branches (which includes 61 university branches) and 64 regional Corporate Business Centres. Santander UK is subject to the full supervision of the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and the Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA) in the UK. Santander UK plc customers are protected by the Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS) in the UK.