Cobus Communications Community Champions

Cobus Communications Community Champions

After the success of last year, Hull FC’s Community Champions scheme returns to provide under privileged young people their first taste of live sport.

After the success of last year, Hull FC’s Community Champions scheme returns to provide under privileged young people their first taste of live sport.

As part of the club’s 150th anniversary in 2015, Hull FC launched the pioneering new scheme, working with local businesses and supporters to provide under privileged young people the chance to experience live sport for the first time, earn qualifications and meet new people.

The programme was extremely popular, receiving support from former Home Secretary, Alan Johnson MP, as well as being nominated for a Super League Club Award as 400 young people were given the chance to sample live sport.

The re-launch of Community Champions started on Sunday 22nd January 2017, with a number of activities lined up through the week within the community.

Members of the first team and former player now the club’s player welfare manager Iafeta Palea’aesina will be heading to places such as Hessle Road Network and the Boulevard Academy throughout the week.

Some primary schools within the Hull area will be able to dress up as their favourite superheroes to raise money for Community Champions and taking part in fun activities.

Fans and businesses can pledge from as little as £5 online and earn some great rewards whilst giving children a chance, with Hull FC committing to match funding any money raised.

What it’s all about…

In its first year, the Black and Whites worked with local businesses and supporters to raise money to sponsor a youngster from one of the city’s less affluent areas so they could enjoy live sport at the KCOM Stadium.

Some areas of Hull are ranked in the top 1% of deprivation in England with 44% of children in some areas living in poverty, with many young people unable to access live sport.

Through the terrific pledges from fans and businesses last year, they were able to sponsor a season pass membership for the young people, who also received free travel to and from each game, a complimentary meal at the ground and access to our family zone activities, which included free toys, face painting and more.

As well as being able to enjoy live sport for the first time, the group attained basic educational qualifications to help their development, with some members also rewarded for good behaviour and attendance records, earning the chance to take part in the club’s Magic Moments campaign, which involved carrying flags and banner on to the pitch before kick-off.

Over 400 people aged between nine years old and 25 benefitted from the scheme last year, with the aim to reach even more young people this year as Community Champions heads into its second year.

Cobus Communications are also delighted to announce their continued partnership with Hull FC as the title Sponsors of the Community Champions initiative for the second year running. Since becoming title sponsors of the Hull FC ‘Community Champions’ in 2016 Cobus Managing Director Michael Smith said, “After working with Hull FC for a number of years we have seen our chosen direction change from player sponsorship and ground advertising to being more focused on the Hull FC U19 Academy program and the Hull FC Wheelchair rugby league teams.

What each child will get…

Just like last season, each child will be provided with a ticket to every game through the club, pre-match entertainment and game day activities, including the chance to meet Geoffrey the Giraffe from our friends at Toys ‘R’ Us, and take some free toys home with them!

The club will again be working with their travel partners to provide free transport to and from the games for each young fan, as well as providing a meal before the game.

Youngsters aged between five and 19 will also have the chance to take part in accessible education sessions and earn awards and qualifications to aid their long-term development in a fun and friendly environment.

What you get for your pledge…

As a thank you for supporting such a fantastic initiative, we have a host of rewards in return for your generous pledge.

Fans, like many who pledged last year, will receive a thank you from the players amongst other great rewards!

Businesses will also get some great brand awareness and VIP tickets to Hull FC games in 2017.

You can pledge now by calling 01482 327 200 or using this platform.

With our growing involvement in the local community, it was decided that we wanted to continue to look at other ways that we could help to make a real difference at grass roots level and get children interested in the game I loved as a youngster and the City of Culture year provides us with even more exciting plans to showcase the sport to them.”

“This is a fantastic gesture from Hull FC and a worthwhile campaign that will allow us all to become Community Champions and reach out to young people in our region to give them opportunity that otherwise would pass them by.”

Alan Johnson MP, Hull FC Foundation Trustee
Our Ambassadors

The initiative is being championed by well-known politician and former Home Secretary, Alan Johnson, who is the MP for Hull West and Hessle.

Mr Johnson is pictured at the launch alongside young children and teenagers from the Boulevard Academy and FC Learning Centre, both of which sit in his ward and reach out to young people from disadvantaged backgrounds.

He said: “This is a fantastic gesture from Hull FC and a worthwhile campaign that will allow us all to become Community Champions and reach out to young people in our region to give them opportunity that otherwise would pass them by.

“Many of us take sport for granted, both playing and watching, but the reality is many young people in Hull are not afforded that chance.

“I am extremely proud to be an ambassador for this project which will make a difference to the lives of many young people and I’m sure will leave a legacy in terms of promoting fans and players of the future and healthy and happy lives.”

Our other ambassadors include former New Zealand international player and Super League Grand Final winner, Iafeta Paleaaesina, as well as Hull FC owner and former executive at Hull City, Leeds United and Derby County, Adam Pearson.

The initiative will also be in the memory of Bradley Parker, a former Hull FC and England youth player who died tragically in a car accident in November 2015 and is sorely missed by everyone at the club.

A keen fan from a young age, we believe Bradley would be immensely proud to be associated with such a great cause.

Roll of Honour

The following list highlights all the businesses and supporters who made pledges to become an FC Community Champion, helping us help young people from our region. We would like to thank them all for their support.

Business Pledges

Cobus Communications

Neil tattersall

W Campbell & Son

Arcmaster UK


Ezi-Tax Accountants

Forrester Boyd

Poorboy Boutique

T&D Supplies


Wayne Johnson – Make a difference Charity

Northern Retail

Fan Pledges

Caroline Green

Dave Chadwick

Graham and Trish Yeomans

Alan and Carol Higgins

Derek Greaves

David Staples

Diana Fairhurst

Jenny Young

John Finley

The Street Family

Kevin Softer

Lee Wiles

Michael Kevin Rowland

Martyn Lynn

Stephen Downing

Sarah Lynn

Sue Woods

Shain Ellerton

Tony Cotson

Susan Andrew

Sean Whiting

Title Sponsors

Cobus Communications are the title sponsors of the Community Champions.

Cobus, who provide business communications, telecoms, IT and networking services to businesses in the Hull & East Yorkshire area, have committed to sponsor the programme for two years.