Our vision is to:

  • Promote community participation in healthy recreation, through engagement and participation in rugby and other sports.
  • To change the lives of children and young people by focusing on their understanding of healthy lifestyles, nutrition, and exercise.

The charity is run by local people who are Trustees of the Titans Community Foundation.

The Titans Community Foundation (Reg No: 1112722) was established on 5 September 2005.

Meet our trustees

The trustees are local people who have been successful in local businesses or in our local public services

Lindsay Jones – Chair of Trustees

QTS, BEd, MA and NPQH. Over 30 years in education, with a large part of this time in Rotherham schools. Senior Leadership roles at several different schools and took on liaison with builders for the PFI build at Elizabethan Academy, Retford.

Still a Trustee and Vice Chair of Governors at the school. Left teaching to take up a role at a local country estate, to project manage the remodelling of the dairy sheds into 5* accommodation for weddings and events. Set up an events programme that brought in over 40,000 visitors a year. Left this role when the focus of the estate moved entirely to weddings.

Trustee for the HandleBards – a touring Shakespearean Theatre group which tours the UK on bicycles and abroad every year.

Trustee for the Retford Educational Foundation – allocates funding for young people to access education and undertake training not funded by UCAS grant system. Funds generated from the sale of the original buildings and land from the PFI rebuilds.

Always been a supporter of Rotherham Titans from the 1990’s onwards. Volunteered for roles within the club and worked with the TCF as a fundraiser for several years. Took on the role of Chair from 2018-19 season and remodelled the programme to focus on engaging younger children with rugby, promoting health and fitness more widely across the community.

Nick Cragg – Trustee

A Chartered civil engineer. Chairman of Aristotle Partnership Ltd £111m T/O.

Chairman of Nicholas Associates Group Limited £72.5m T/O – A APL company.

Chairman of PHASE Worldwide – A charity dedicated to working in the Himalayan region of Nepal. Chairman of Gallery Town – A public private partnership developed to help the economic regeneration of Rotherham through the visual arts.

Chairman of Rotherham Titans Rugby Club.

John Whaling – Financial Director

John was a Senior board member in a local PLC turning over in excess of £3 billion per annum. He retired age 53 to run his own consultancy business and has undertaken some impressive contracts including the infrastructure for New York Stadium, the purchase and refurbishment of a new £1.5 million head office for a local charity and then the relocation of said charity from two separate head offices to the new one and Interim CEO for Rotherham Hospice for 10 months. He has also held numerous Non-Exec positions, including CEO of Sheffield Eagles and President of the Rugby Football League.

Alan Holloway – Trustee

Was a Chartered Accountant and qualified 46 years ago. In private practice as a partner in a local firm of accountants with 8 partners and 85 staff. Decided to change tack 15 years ago and have traded as a sole practitioner since.

Member of a local Rotary Club and served as a Treasurer and President over the years.

Member of Titans Community Foundation Board since September 2005

Julie Watson – Trustee

Julie Watson has 30 years experience in Marketing, Advertising and Print Buying, being a Production Manager ensuring large advertising projects happened to brief on schedule and to budget.

She served as a Parish Councillor for 2 years in a very large South Leicestershire village. She was a founder member of Broughton Alive, a voluntary group, servicing the needs of the 10,000 strong High Broughton Astley and was responsible for re-introduction of the village fete and introduction of an annual Christmas Light Switch on evening.

Since relocating to Rotherham Julie has taken an active part in the Clifton Garden Allotment Society, now holding the position of Secretary and has fund-raised for a Disability Garden and a wildlife area for the benefit of the local community. The garden is complete and the wildlife area is in progress.

Dr Charles Collinson – Trustee

Born and bred in Rotherham. Medically qualified in 1977, and returned to Rotherham in 1986 and then entered General Practice as the principal partner at Greenside Surgery, Greasbrough. Now retired. Spent 10 years as the chairman of the professional executive committee of the Primary Care Trust of NHS Rotherham.

This committee was made up of clinicians and managers, and our role involved overseeing a budget of over £400 million to be spent on all health services in Rotherham, and with direct responsibility for all health services outside hospitals.

I was chairman of governors for Wentworth primary school in the 1990s. Continuing education; recently gained an MA in local history through the Open University. I have supported Rotherham Rugby since 1987.

Carole Haywood – Trustee

Lives in Rotherham and has been a supporter of the Rotherham Titans for many years.

Now retired, my previous experience to support the role of the Trustee includes:

  • Experience of applying, managing and overseeing external funding programmes
  • Experience of fundraising
  • Experience of working with and managing teams of volunteers and paid workers
  • Experience of being a trustee
  • Experience of project managing a number of renovation and regeneration projects to create versatile adaptable space for a variety of uses

Work experience

  • Project manager in the voluntary and community sectors (VCS)
  • Service Director – Voluntary Action Rotherham the local infrastructure body for the


  • Rotherham Council – Manager of the Local Strategic Partnership, brining together public, private and voluntary sectors to identify collaborative ways of working to improve the lives of people in the borough

Trustee experience

  • Recently completed my term on the board of Voluntary Action Rotherham as vice-chair
  • I am a director/trustee on Morthyng Group Limited Board, which is an organisation supporting young people into education and work
  • Joined the board of Titans Foundation in January 2023

Frequently asked questions

What facilities do you have to offer for young people?2023-09-15T15:19:39+00:00

The Titans Community Foundation is extremely fortunate to operate from The Clubhouse at Clifton Lane with access to the sports ground and its facilities.

 They work in schools, community centres, leisure centres, other rugby clubs, parks and playing fields across South Yorkshire, North Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire.

How are you funded?2023-09-15T15:18:17+00:00

The Titans Community Foundation is supported by grants from charities, sponsored by the private sector, receives donations from individual benefactors through our SquadBuilder monthly lottery and also undertakes fund raising activities and events.

The Titans Community Foundation is proud to be sponsored by McDonalds (Ex-Animo Foods – Franco Ventura), RNN Group, AESSEAL, and Veezu.

The Titans Community Foundation has successfully bid for funds from charitable sources including the Aviva Community Fund, The Sheffield Master Cutler’s Charity, The Coalfields Recovery and Resilience Fund, the South Yorkshire Community Foundation, The Peoples Postcode Lottery – Postcode Neighbourhood Trust, The Clothworkers Guild, and the Community Fund for the National Lottery.

TCF provides subsidised, or free services to those families on benefits, to vulnerable people and organisations in Rotherham wherever access to other funding sources allow it to do so.

Which schools do you work with?2023-09-15T15:20:08+00:00

Most of what we do has sport at its core, with rugby as the main vehicle.

We deliver a range of programmes from Foundation to Year 13 that link to a wide variety of key skills, but with a focus on healthy lifestyles, nutrition and exercise. Other programmes, such as our Careers Infrastructure package, include problem-solving, communication, and team-building and we regularly support staff CPD for rugby in PE across primary and secondary schools.

We also contribute to schools’ literacy and numeracy programmes to support a young person’s development.

Who delivers the programmes?2023-09-15T15:19:22+00:00

The programmes are delivered by some of the professional rugby players at Rotherham Titans, and associated staff, with significant rugby coaching experience.

The players hold the right values and act as positive role models. In terms of age and academic background the TCF coaches are in their 20’s. Many players have undertaken Sports Science or Sports Management degrees, but a significant number have come through the vocational learning route.

They all hold the relevant RFU qualifications, including safeguarding, the new safe tackle technique, Headcase – focusing on identifying concussion risks. As well as these they have up to date First Aid, individual qualifications as personal trainers, nutritionists, coaching and mentoring, and all hold full, enhanced DBS.

Our work in the community


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