March Newsletter

A message from our Chair - David Durbin The roller coaster of being a Panthers supporter has started. Two wins and two losses while disappointing is I guess better than the start of last season, although it is obvious that our games to date have been anything but smooth. Clunky is a word that springs to mind with some good patches and of course some pretty poor ones. Still we are only on game four, a long way to go and plenty of opportunity to put it right and get us towards the top of the table. Our support during these times is as important as ever as it easy when you are always winning but a true supporter is there through thick and thin. We have had good crowds to start the season so let’s stay behind Simon and the team and be that vocal eighteenth man! We will certainly need to be there when we travel to Featherstone for our Challenge Cup date! Remember that you still have the opportunity to renew or join with your Trust membership. We will as always be at the Shay for our home game, and of course you can still join via our website Another reminder is that the Match day dining competition is now for two people and represents excellent value for money. You can join by contacting Carroll on 07977 596051 or at Our thanks at this point go to Ian Croad who has kindly donated numerous new shirts of various sizes to the Trust which we will be selling at £10 each with all the monies raised going of course to the Panthers Players fund. Look out for these bargains on our match day stalls. Who doesn’t like a bargain?

Panthers’ Community Update from Kara Colvin • School delivery has continued in the schools we have secured in the past as well as a new one being added – Cross Lane Primary. • Name the mascot competition was rolled out to 8 different primary schools across the wider area of Calderdale and 2 names have now been chosen ready to be released shortly – with the winning schools receiving a tour of the shay and to meet the players. • The college academy trams have gone from strength to strength with recruitment now starting for September 2023 intake. • The big sleep out will take place in March this year with players and myself involved – this programme will raise awareness of homelessness and much needed funds. • Healthy eating on a budget programme has been started in dean field school, encouraging youngsters to learn how to cook safely, healthily and using things they would normally have at home. • Prep for the women’s team has commenced with the shay stadium being the base for the women’s gym. • Community club coaching in all 10 community clubs has been happening also this month. • Community club engagement has been at a high since the start of the season and community club presence at game days has really shown. • The try high club has happened over half term and has been a great success. • Safety nets has launched and will commence at the end of this month, young men between 14-17 will complete a rugby session followed by a psychoeducation lesson to help them deal with adverse emotions and feelings. • Over 800 junior season tickets have been given to community clubs and 300 given to primary schools

Win Match Day Dining for 2! We are still running our Match Day Dining competition. A draw will take place at several home games and the winner will receive a dining package for 2 people! The price to enter is just £10 for the whole season! Visit our website to enter or come see us on a match day. Pre-loved merchandise We are appealing for donations of rugby merchandise including rugby shirts, polo tops, t-shirts, coats, hoodies etc as our stocks are running very low! If you have any pre-loved items that you would like to go to a new home, please contact us or bring to one of our stalls on a match day.

Many thanks as always for your support.

Halifax Heritage Lunch Monday 13 March 2023 - 11.00am Halifax Bowling Club, Thrum Hall Lane, HX1 4JT Special Guest – Bob Beswick 2 course lunch - £4.00 To reserve a place please call Chris Mitchell 07947 827627

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