Super League a boost for community

Backing Fax Campaign. Fax player Frank Watene has been working with NEETS - Not in Employment, Education or Training. Young people who need positive guidance.'Pictured at the Shay Stadium, Halifax'From left are Shimal Mohammed, 17, Darryl Richer, 17, Frank Watene, Daniel Wood, 24 and Adam Logan, 16
Backing Fax Campaign. Fax player Frank Watene has been working with NEETS - Not in Employment, Education or Training. Young people who need positive guidance.'Pictured at the Shay Stadium, Halifax'From left are Shimal Mohammed, 17, Darryl Richer, 17, Frank Watene, Daniel Wood, 24 and Adam Logan, 16

SUPER League status could give Fax’s community outreach efforts a massive boost, according to player Frank Watene.

The prop is currently working with a group of teenagers who are not in employment, education or training, known as NEETs, in a joint programme between the Calderdale Community Coaching Trust and WorkWise.

“The premise behind it is they get the chance to have a go at different sporting activities or lifestyle activities which they wouldn’t normally get chance to do,” he said.

“There’s no formal qualification that we offer them, no accreditation, but what we do offer is life experience and motivation to get out of whatever they might be doing now.”

The six-week course is the third of its kind and boasts an 80 per cent success rate in getting participants back into work or learning.

But even more young people could benefit if the club wins its bid for promotion - which would raise its profile and enable it to attract more funding for community projects.

“We could have more of these programmes running and we could have more contact with the people that are NEET to give them the experience of sporting activities and rugby league,” said Frank.

It would be be a huge boost to the life chances of disadvantaged young people, according to Lorraine Fenney, of WorkWise.

The youth employment advisor said: “The people that come to us have often experienced quite negative starts in life, some have been through the care system, and often they may be perceived by some people as being a bit challenging - but it’s just that they have developed strategies to cope with life, because life has been tough for them.

“I often find when they are working for adults, away from their peers, and have someone else to aspire to be like, they can be completely different, because they are still youngsters and impressionable.

“They need positive role models, and for me, Frank is one of the best.”

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