THE hundreds of youngsters who play for Newsome Panthers learn about life as well as rugby league.
The club, which plays at Hall Bower, is dedicated to giving their players more than just the skills of the game.
And, thanks to the motivation of the coaches, organisers, parents and children, they are in with the chance to win the Examiner Community Award for Sports Team of the Year.
The club's development officer, Mark Farrell, of Sheardale, Honley, was delighted the club had been nominated.
He said the Panthers - formed in 1995 - had worked hard to become part of the community and wanted to create more than just a rugby league team.
"A group of parents formed the club with the aim of giving young people in Newsome an outlet," he said.
"You hear so much about kids causing trouble and not exercising. I think the club should be applauded for giving them something else.
"At the end of the day it is about the young people's enjoyment. But there are a lot of other elements that go into making the club a success," added Mark.
The club has grown each year and now has eight sides across the ages.
Carmel Newton, of Hillside Crescent, Newsome, nominated the Panthers.
Her two sons, Dominic, 11, and Luke, nine, are keen players and her husband, Steve, coaches the under- 10s.
She said: "It is a club where they meet friends to play the sport they enjoy and where exercise, discipline, team spirit, fun and friendship are the name of the game.
"The children learn so much about all kinds of other things as well. They are not just learning about rugby, but life itself."
Mrs Newton said many of the youngsters started playing as children and moved up the ranks to the senior side.
"Because of the spirit we have at the club I think the players stick around and want to carry on up to the open-age side," added Mrs Newton.