Wakefield Trinity has recently endorsed the Council’s Climate Action Pledge. Additionally, the club has pledged to join the Wakefield District Net Zero Partnership, a collaborative effort comprising businesses, community groups, and public sector entities united in their mission to lower carbon emissions.

Cllr Jack Hemingway, Cabinet Member for Environment and Climate Change, stood alongside former club chairman John Minards and the new owner Matt Ellis as they formally endorsed the pledge.

Cllr Hemingway said: “We recognise the work Wakefield Trinity are doing to work with us towards our target of having a net zero district by 2038.

“Trinity sits right at the heart of the community in Wakefield and they will be a very welcome addition to our Net Zero Partnership.”

Trinity has formulated its own plan for environmental sustainability and is actively exploring avenues to enhance eco-friendliness, encompassing waste management, water conservation, travel practices, food and beverage provisions, and biodiversity preservation within their premises.

Upon the demolition of the outdated East Stand, it was replaced with a modern facility equipped with solar panels, energy-efficient floodlights, and a hybrid grass pitch that draws water from an on-site borehole.

John Minards said: “Rugby League is more than just a sport and we take a wider interest in our environmental, social and economic responsibilities. This includes addressing the impact of climate change on the wider community and commitment to active involvement in addressing this important issue.”

The Climate Action Pledge was introduced at the Net Zero Summit in March, and signatories commit to action in four key areas:

Building climate resilience
Lowering carbon emissions
Promoting nature and biodiversity
Safeguarding employment opportunities