Young Huddersfield Giants stars of the future turned Santa Claus.

The teenage Academy and Scholarship players have been helping Batley Girls School with their fundraising efforts.

The Giants Academy and Scholarship players and staff donated tins and packets of food, along with other long-life products to aid the school’s food collection.

The hampers have now been donated to the elderly and people, who at this time of year, might find themselves struggling financially.

Young Giants player Connor Ridgwick turns Santa to help the elderly

Last year Michelle Kilburn and the school raised enough money to put together 250 food hampers to distribute and also some surplus for the food bank in Batley.

This week, the Giants Academy and Scholarship players headed to Batley Resource Centre, where they helped distribute the food hampers that have been put together and serve Christmas dinner.

The club’s head of Youth Development Andy Kelly believes it was a great experience for the players.

“We went to Batley Resource Centre and the players helped distribute some hampers to them and serve the Christmas lunch and things like that.

Christmas gift time from young Giants players Will Ingleby (left) and Ben Harley

“The boys were part of that charity day and I think they enjoyed and they engaged with the people there.”

Kelly, who contributed a big part to the food collection, also believes that this is an important thing for the Giants to get behind.

“We thought that as an Academy we would step in and try to add our own little bit to help them still achieve what they achieved last year or at least somewhere towards it.

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Passing skills demonstrated by the Giants youngsters with the food hampers

“From the Giants point of view I think it shows a bigger social awareness and a social responsibility, there are people less fortunate and lending a little bit of help is just as rewarding for these players as getting through a training session or completing a piece of work through your academy stuff.

“The rewards are there, you just have to work a bit harder at times to find what they are.”