Welcome to The Hunslet Club September Newsletter 2023! This little newsletter is our way of spreading recent news and mentioning exciting new developments for October 2023. Here you can catch up on highlights from September 2023. Our newsletter comes out at the start of each month, and you can read our previous newsletter here.
At the end of the Summer Holidays, we always implement a new timetable as we want to grow and adapt to the changing interests and needs of the community. This year, we introduced new girls-only football training sessions, as there was a growing interest in this sport and a need for a safe, girls-only spaces.
We also introduced a new Dance Tricks and Flicks class on a Thursday, which has proven to be popular. New members are always welcome and can easily attend these sessions. It is pay-as-you-go, and no booking is required, all you need to do is fill out a form at the reception, which takes about 5 – 10 minutes.
Unfortunately, our annual summer gala was due to take place on the 22nd of July 2023, to kickstart the summer. Due to unfortunate weather conditions, our summer gala was postponed until the 2nd of September 2023. Luckily, the weather was on our side in September and we had a fantastic community event to remember.
The Green Power Ranger and Spiderman roamed around the gala, taking photos, and chatting with visitors. Our showcases went down a treat, with some taking place inside our main hall this year. Cherry, a dance coach at The Hunslet Club was the first to take the party outside to perform a flash mob. Different activity sessions showcased their talents including, the Majorettes, boxing, ballet, Rogues, and gymnastics, along with dance.
We also had tombola’s on offer, with all the bottle tombola prizes finding a home before the end of the day. Young people absolutely loved the fun house, stalls, inflatable courses, ice cream van, henna, face painting and candy floss machine.
Thank you to everyone who attended our community event, and to every member of staff who volunteered their time to ensure this event was a resounding success. Now it’s time to think of ways to make it even bigger and better next year.
Welcome back! – Alternative Education Scheme
We opened our doors once again to students on our alternative education scheme. The Hunslet Club Alternative Education, Vocational Development Programme aims to engage young people aged 14-16 through practical hands-on learning, in a safe and welcoming environment.
Our timetables are individual for each learner ensuring flexibility, suitability and feasibility to ensure maximum achievement for each learner. Programmes of study are arranged in conjunction with school and parents and devised in an entirely bespoke manner.
We have added new subjects to our timetable. Now, students can gain accredited qualifications in art, barbering, car mechanics, catering, childcare, DJ’ing, hair and beauty, social care, joinery, public services, and sports.
The Good, The Bad and The Rugby Podcast – a Royal Mention
The Hunslet Club received a glowing endorsement in front of a star-studded lineup in September. The Good, The Bad and The Rugby Podcast, hosted by Rugby Union Legend Mike Tindall sat down with the Prince and Princess of Wales, William, and Kate, alongside Princess Anne.
The podcast explored different areas of sports, the competitive nature of some of the Royals, and past experiences, along with a glowing endorsement from Mike Tindall about The Hunslet Club.
“It’s a multisport facility that [Jason] is trying to raise more funds for because it does change people’s lives as it gives them an outlet and keeps them off street corners, keeping them away from doing things they shouldn’t be doing.”
Mike Tindall’s knowledge of The Hunslet Club stems from his friendship with Jason Robinson, who attended The Hunslet Club as a boy. Mike and Jason recorded an earlier episode of the podcast at the club, where Mike met Dennis Robbins, the CEO of 22 years, whose connection to The Hunslet Club spreads across 50+ years.
It is fantastic to see The Hunslet Club mentioned on such a large scale, especially at a time when the club is raising more funds for the vital work we carry out in our community, in South Leeds.
We hosted a fantastic open night for our Monday Evening Project in September. The Monday Evening Project is for young people in year 9, 10 or 11 this academic year, in South Leeds who want to kickstart their career or learn a new skill.
Once completed, they will receive a Level 1 qualification in their chosen area – either Joinery, Mechanics, Catering, Sports, or Art. The course takes place every Monday from 4:00 PM until 6:00 PM.
We had an incredible turnout for our open night, and it was great to so many parents/guardians in attendance as well. It was great to see so many young people, and parents/guardians asking questions and checking out the facilities we offer.
During our open night alone, 18 young people signed up with the total going to 22 the next day. That’s 22 young people who are choosing to learn new skills in either catering, art, sports, joinery, or mechanics.
The total number of young people we accept in our Monday Evening Project is approximately 30.
As of writing this newsletter, we still have some places available in Catering, Sports, and Art. If you are in year 10 or 11 this academic year and are interested in kickstarting your career, contact Dhall@hunsletclub.org.uk for more details.
16th September 2023
The Hunslet Club Girls, under 10s Football team, had their first competitive game in September! This girls-only football team have worked hard during their Tuesday training sessions, and it is incredible to see their hard work showcased on the field.
From April 2023, until the start of September, The Hunslet Club offered free girl’s girls-only training sessions to empower a new generation and encourage more girls to participate in sports. While those free sessions have ended, we now have more girls-only football sessions, on a Tuesday, due to popular demand.
Reception & Year 1-2 – 4:30 PM until 5:30 PM
Year 3 – 5 – 5:30 PM until 6:30 PM
Year 6 – 8 – 6:30 PM until 7:30 PM
We can’t wait to see the progress our teams continue to make; however, newcomers are always welcome, regardless of skill level.
Monday Evening Project
18th September 2023
We kicked off our 2023/2023 Monday Evening Project in September, this year with more courses, including, art, catering, mechanics, joinery, and sports. It is incredible to see so many young people pursuing further education in their own time.
The Hunslet Club Emeralds – Awards Night
22nd September 2023
The Hunslet Club Emeralds hosted their Awards Night in September to celebrate the many accomplishments and milestones of their members, along with celebrating parents/guardians who help. Awards consistent of overall dancer of the year, team hairdresser, most improved for different sections and more. Well done to everyone involved, and for celebrating the many accomplishments of your team.
The Hunslet Club Football Fixtures
30th September 2023
Make sure you are following our Facebook page to stay up to date with Football Fixtures.
Activity session highlights
The last three months of 2023 at The Hunslet Club are due to be busy! We have a lot of upcoming events, which includes community events, which are free entry.
As mentioned in previous Hunslet Club Newsletters, we have had some fantastic guest speakers. Our guest speakers visit our youth clubs/activity camps to give presentations and practical sessions to our young people. Contact our team today if you/your business would like to talk to our young people about a specific topic, which will then be featured in our monthly newsletter.