HUDDERSFIELD’S Anthony Collins is still basking in the glory of being the one millionth person in this country to participate in a community rugby league event delivered by a professional club.
Anthony is involved in the Huddersfield Giants Community Touch Rugby programme which takes place at The Zone every Wednesday evening.
And to recognise the fact, he was presented with a special Giants shirt with 1,000,000 written across the back at half-time during the Galpharm Stadium Super League clash between the Giants and Wigan.
The 1m figure is made up of individuals involved in actual rugby league activity delivered by a professional club such as coaching, touch rugby sessions for all ages, festivals and holiday activities in schools and community clubs.
It does not, however, include assemblies, classroom activities or stadium tours.
All clubs in Super League and Co-operative Championships, apart from French sides Catalan Dragons and Toulouse Olympique, contribute to the club community Key Performance Indicators which have been collected on a quarterly basis for six years.
The Giants’ Key Performance Indicator submission for the period between December 1 2010 and February 28, 2011 took the total over the milestone of 1m participants, of which 55% are male and 45% female.
The Giants’ total for this period was 2,740, taking the total figure to 1,001,456.
“This figure is a fantastic achievement and one all community development teams will be very proud of,” said Giants in the Community Manager Laura Hanson.
“At Huddersfield Giants in the Community we are excited to be a part of the fantastic rugby league development work going on across the UK and we will be continuing to work hard to help achieve the next milestone.
“Anthony Collins is the official one millionth participant and has come from the very successful Touch Rugby initiative the Giants run at The Zone every Wednesday evening.
“The Touch Rugby programme is one of many that are developing in the Huddersfield area to engage more people into the sport of rugby league at a variety of levels.”