Engage Mutual was the proud title sponsor of Super League, the UK’s premier rugby league competition, from 2005 to 2011. During that time, in partnership with Rugby League Cares and the RFL Facilities Trust, we introduced the engage with your club initiative, helping grass roots rugby league clubs across the UK to improve and rejuvenate their facilities.
2013 was the third year in which the engage with your club initiative ran and it proved to be the most successful yet. An impressive 56 amateur rugby clubs took part, supported by an estimated 1,700 volunteers who between them gave more than 9,000 hours of their free time.
A number of famous rugby league faces were among the helpers including England Coach, Steve McNamara, who took time out from England’s World Cup preparations to lend a hand at his former amateur club Skirlaugh ARLFC in Hull. Take a look at the ‘who’s involved’ page for further information.
As part of the initiative, each participating club was encouraged to hold an action event and mobilise a volunteer task force to enhance their facilities.
As the club deemed to have held the best event, DISTINGTON ARL received a cheque for £2500 from Engage Mutual.
Every other participating club was placed in to a draw to win one of 10 prizes of £1000 courtesy of the RFL Facilities Trust. The winners were: ASHTON BEARS - BROTHERTON BULLDOGS -HAWORTH PARK -NEWSOME PANTHERS - RYLANDS SHARKS - SELBY WARRIORS -SHAW CROSS SHARKS - SILSDEN - ST JOSEPHS SHARKS -WOOLSTON.
Via the ‘Club Idol’ feature with the Love Rugby League website, LANGWORTHY REDS also won £1000.
Going forward, engage with your club will continue to be run by the RFL Facilities Trust and Rugby League Cares.
record numbers of clubs benefit from engage with your club
A record number of grass roots rugby league clubs are set to benefit from improved facilities thanks to volunteering initiative, engage with your club.
In partnership with Rugby League Cares and the RFL Facilities Trust; this summer was engage with your club’s most successful since its introduction, with an impressive 56 amateur rugby league clubs taking part, supported by an estimated 1,700 volunteers who between them gave more than 9,000 hours of their free time.
Amongst the helpers were a number of famous rugby league faces including England Coach, Steve McNamara, who took time out from England’s World Cup preparations to lend a hand at his former amateur club Skirlaugh ARLFC in Hull.
Speaking at the event, Steve said:
“It’s been a fantastic summer for grassroots rugby league clubs and the engage with your club initiative has been an outstanding success.
“It’s important to remember while we’re watching so many stars play in the World Cup that they all came from the community game. Initiatives such as these are essential in ensuring the continued success of rugby league at both community and very top level.”
James Ogden, community activation manager at Engage Mutual, said:
“It’s been fantastic to see so many people supporting their clubs up and down the country this summer. In an affordable fashion, so many clubs have made impressive improvements to the provision of the sport in their community.
All of this has been achieved by the time and energy donated through impressive volunteer workforces. A lot of people have a great deal to be proud of!”
time for clubs to Engage
by Phil Hodgson, League Express grassroots columnist (11 February 2013)
I’ve been taken aback, once more, by the continued commitment to Rugby League of an organisation that may have slipped off the radar for many supporters of our game, but whose input is arguably more important than it was when they sponsored the Super League.
I’m referring to Engage Mutual, who may have pulled out of backing Rugby League’s top tier three or four years ago, but whose support is perhaps more telling, now, than it was then.
Engage, having withdrawn from Super League, immediately switched their focus to the grassroots, funding and facilitating `makeover’ initiatives at amateur clubs throughout the land.
It’s been no cosmetic exercise (other than in the actual deeds at the clubs who have benefited) either.
The mutual outfit has lived up to the philosophy of its founding fathers by repeating the exercise, and is now offering its third year of support in a grand example of what the mutual movement – which has been hit hard by the carnivorous financial mood of the late 20th century – is all about.
Grassroots clubs will, during the summer, benefit from Engage Mutual, so long as they also help themselves by mustering volunteers for a weekend’s activity with paint brushes and mops.
Many amateur outfits have already made the most of the initiative, and I expect more to do the same in 2013 in one of the most heart-warming examples of sponsorship I can recall.
(reproduced with kind permission of League Express)
2012 reward winners
(8 October 2012)
The two winning clubs who picked up a cheque for £2,500 each were Burtonwood Bulldogs and Birstall Victoria.
All remaining community clubs that held an 'engage with your club' event were placed into a draw to win 1 of 10 cash prizes of £1000. And the winners were East Leeds, Chorley Panthers, Hull Isberg, Stanningley, Thatto Heath, Thornhill Trojans, Wigan St Patricks, St Josephs Sharks, Birkenshaw and Haydock.
The RFL Facilities Trust also awarded 2 additional prizes of £1000 to Newsome Panthers and Leigh Miners Rangers as a result of the successful events they had held.
The winners of the 'engage with your club' awards were announced at the RFL Community Awards Day on Saturday 6 October at Old Trafford, Manchester.