WORKINGTON TOWN ARE M.A.D! - that's right we're 'Making A Difference!'

Supported by The Blackfinch Group, Myers and Bowman Toyota, G&AM Lawson!

What is the scheme 'Make a difference' ?

We create partnerships with as many local organisations as possible that will enable Workington Town RLFC to use its platform in the area to add value and awareness of local projects. 

Our input isn't restricted to solely Rugby League, we are happy to listen to any potential projects and interventions that improve and enhance the lives of the people of West Cumbria. 

If it's suitable to assist we will endeavour to help. 

We receive support from Allerdale Borough Council and private businesses to help with the resources required, so that we can add positive social impact to as many people as possible.

Since we commenced this work we have worked alongside Workington Town Council, Workington Academy, St Joseph’s Secondary School, Seaton Primary, Westfield Primary, Jericho Primary School, Whitehaven, The West Cumbria Learning Centre and also with local community clubs Ellenborough Rangers ARLFC Youth and Cockermouth Titans ARLFC. 

We are in the early stages of reigniting the charitable arm of the business, The Workington Town RLFC Community Trust and the more companies who support what we are trying to do, the more impact we can have. 

At the moment the programming of the work is carried out by volunteers who work full time outside of the club, but their values to make a difference too mean they do as much as they can to assist, we would like to really push forward with the co-ordination and programming by receiving more support to act as a catalyst to improve on what we do now.

In 2022 the majority of our work was delivered by then club captain and Community Lead Jamie Doran, Jamie has since moved on but new signing Sean Sabutey is available to deliver and we have many more plans! 

Watch this space!

The community trust is supported once again by Carl Porter of The Blackfinch group who are one of the businesses who currently support our work. 

If you would like to Make a difference then please email Graeme Peers at: or call the club offices on 01900 603609.

Successful feedback!

Our link with Workington Town has been hugely successful this 2021 academic year in terms of raising the profile of Rugby League within our school, increasing participation numbers and improving the success of our teams. 

Jamie has worked primarily with the Year 7 boys and girls but has also led sessions with a Year 10 group. This project has motivated students who have enjoyed having a local role model in school delivering lessons. Jamie Doran's professionalism and the way he builds rapport with our students has been fantastic to see. Many of our students attend Workington Town matches and having their captain in school has certainly created a buzz. 

The Year 7 boys are in the County cup final, and we now regularly have upwards of 12 Year 7s attend Rugby League practice. The girls have also responded very well, and we expect high numbers at their Rugby club when they start their after-school training sessions and fixtures after Christmas. 

Jamie was also interviewed by the students who run the Workington Academy Radio station. This was massively successful and created a real feel-good factor both within The Academy and on our Social Media accounts in the lead up to Workington's play-off final victory against Doncaster. 

This promoted Rugby League not only from a playing perspective but also got students who are interested in Rugby but not the playing side involved, one of the key messages we are encouraging is that you should be the best you can be in whatever interests you have, Jamie as part of Workington Town's Make a Difference scheme, is certainly encouraging that and is definitely making a difference at Workington Academy and long may our partnership continue'

Malcolm Holliday

PE Curriculum Leader

Workington Academy.

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Jamie has quickly become a fantastic attribute to our team. We are really pleased we got in touch with Workington Town and the difference the scheme is making is clear. 
He has been taking part in lessons across all key stages. He has been assisting with the cooking lessons for GCSEs . 
He has delivered Rugby skills sessions on the yard with the KS3. 

He has also had a personal invite by a year 11 to stay for Lunch next Wednesday for his coursework. 

Can you pass on our thanks for his commitment, we are delighted on how the partnership is progressing and the kids loved their visit to Derwent Park last week, maybe we can help inspire our students to see the benefits of what sport can bring!

Carol Morgan

Centre Manager

West Cumbria Learning Centre