Hull FC Community Foundation, Hull FC’s independent charity, is celebrating today having been awarded a £59,622.80 Biffa Award to invest in its Youth and Community Centre.

Biffa Award is a multi-million pound fund that helps to build communities and transform lives through awarding grants to communities and environmental projects across England and Northern Ireland as part of the Government’s Landfill Communities Fund.

The Hull FC Youth and Community Centre has been home to the Foundation since 2012 and is the base for several award-winning projects focused on tackling prevalent inequalities in the west of the city including loneliness and social isolation, community safety, and education and skills. The Biffa Award will directly support the installation of new systems that ensures the facility will remain open and offer a welcoming environment for all participants.

Commenting on the award, the Foundation’s trustee board said: ‘Over 5,000 people, from as young as three to those in their nineties take part in Foundation activity from the Hull FC Youth and Community Centre each year. Last Winter, systems within the centre failed numerous times resulting in many sessions being cancelled due to temperature or in some cases flooding. This Biffa Award has enabled the system to be replaced and updated to a more energy efficient model just as we head into the Winter months where our warm space activity will be scaled for the benefit of local residents”.