About The Project

Batley Sporting Charitable Trust has received £85,300 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for an exciting project, Batley’s Gallant Youths from the Mountaintop. Led by volunteers from the local community, the project focuses on the history of Batley RLFC from its inception in 1880 up to the current day.

The project officially launched on the 24th of April 2017 with an event held at their home ground, the Fox’s Biscuit Stadium, that coincided with the 120 year anniversary of Batley winning the first ever Challenge Cup.



Got photos in the loft? old ticket stubs in the drawer? We want to hear from you!



Research


The project will research the history of the rugby club throughout the years and will have many different aims. Some of these aims include issuing a heritage number to all players who have represented the club at first team level, the development of a standalone heritage website, developing and delivering an educational programme to local school children, Armistice Day celebrations as well as increasing volunteer hours within the local community.

There will also be the development of a hall of fame and a display of memorabilia and artefacts that showcase the proud history of the club.

Rugby has been played at Mount Pleasant since 1880 on the Wakefield Trinity’s Belle Vue ground which is the oldest continuous rugby league ground in the world. The ground is not only important to the history of rugby in Batley but to the history and heritage of the game and this project will allow that history to be researched and celebrated.



Team Photo 1897 First Challenge Cup Winners





Programme 4th Dec 1920 with photo of W Price


Do you have any memorabilia?


The project will be headed by ex-player and current all-time record try scorer Craig Lingard who will work with a group of volunteers that currently include local author John Roe, Terry Swift, John Atkins, Ken Pearson and Stuart Merton. More volunteers are requested to get involved in different areas of the project so if you feel like this would be something that interests you please contact the club with your contact details. Alternatively you could always come up to the club on a Tuesday at 10am for a coffee and bacon sandwich at the well-attended Ron’s Breakfast Club where the heritage group meet.

Now this is where we make a request to everyone out there. If you don’t have the time to volunteer on the project but still want to get involved this is your chance. Do you have any memorabilia, pictures, stories or anything else of interest from Batley’s history that would make a great addition to the project? Do you know anyone that might have anything in their loft, garage or stored away in the back of a drawer? Get the word out there to everyone that you know that this project is going ahead. This project is for the people of Batley and the supporters of the club and your submissions will make the end result something to be proud of and celebrate.

Details of future events will be included on this site and any updates on the project will be posted to keep you all informed of the progress we are making.

WHAT WE'RE DOING

The project will research the history of the rugby club throughout the years and will have many different aims.

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HOW WE'RE DOING IT

The project will be headed by ex-player and current all-time record try scorer Craig Lingard who will work with a group of volunteers that currently include local author John Roe, Terry Swift, John Atkins, Ken Pearson and Stuart Merton.

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WHAT WE NEED FROM YOU

Do you have any memorabilia, pictures, stories or anything else of interest from Batley’s history that would make a great addition to the project? You can upload them here. Goes to submit page.

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