Free health and wellbeing programme in Hull nominated for national health award

Hull FC Foundation and Hull KR Foundation recognised for their work with the local NHS.

Hull’s pioneering health and wellbeing programme which brings together rival rugby clubs and the local NHS has been shortlisted for a national HSJ Partnership Award. The award recognises Hull FC Foundation and Hull KR Foundation for their outstanding dedication to improving healthcare and effective collaboration with the NHS. 

The rugby clubs’ official charities, in collaboration with Hull Health and Care Partnership, have been nominated in the ‘Best Not for Profit Working in Partnership with the NHS’ category, thanks to the success of the Teaming Up for Health project.

Teaming up for Health uses the power of rugby to connect with people in Hull and equip them with the skills, confidence, and knowledge to lead healthier lives. Now in its fifth year, the foundation teams run after-school clubs for primary school children, fitness and emotional wellbeing programmes for adults and social sessions for older adults, aiming to tackle isolation and keep people active in older age.

All sessions delivered through the Teaming up for Health Programme are completely free of charge. Find out about how you could get involved online at and

The HSJ Partnership Awards recognise and honour the most effective partnerships, innovative projects and collaborations in the UK health system. The prestigious award programme, now in its sixth year, is not just a celebration of success stories but also a platform to shape the future of our new integrated health and care system.

The judging panel comprised a diverse range of highly regarded figures across the NHS and wider healthcare sector. To be shortlisted as a finalist for these awards, despite tough competition from a pool of brilliant applications, is a mark of real achievement for the Teaming up for Health Programme.

The project has been selected based on the diligence, ambition, and the positive impact that it has had on both practitioners and patients within the health care industry.  

Craig Shepherd, Chief Executive Officer, Hull KR Foundation and James Price, Head of Community Foundation, Hull FC Foundation said: “Being shortlisted for a HSJ Partnership Award has given our teams further confidence in our project and has ensured that our hard work is nationally recognised and the teams’ efforts and relentless work is recognised.

“The partnership is not just about promoting rugby league participation, but uses the brands of two of the city’s professional clubs along with their players, stadia, and community teams to act as a catalyst to engage local people in quality interventions that supported improved health and wellbeing outcomes.”

Erica Daley, Hull Place Director, Hull Health and Care Partnership, said: “I’m delighted that the teams have been nominated for this award. This project is an excellent example of how we work innovatively in Hull in partnership with our voluntary sector to improve the health and wellbeing of people in our city. Congratulations to everyone who is involved in delivering this life-changing programme.”

HSJ editor, Alastair McLellan, comments: “We would like to congratulate the Hull KR Foundation and Hull FC Foundation on being nominated in the category ‘Best Not for Profit Working in Partnership with the NHS’ ahead of HSJ Partnership Awards 2023. 

“We are looking forward to welcoming them to the ceremony in March, to join us in recognising the very best collaborations and innovations in the healthcare sector. 

“This year’s finalists are of an outstanding calibre and all of them are exceptionally dedicated to enhancing healthcare across the UK.” 

The winners will be selected following a rigorous judging stage ahead of the HSJ Partnership Awards 2023 awards ceremony. 

The awards evening is expected to be attended by national healthcare leaders and professionals from both the NHS and private sector as well as figures from non-clinical backgrounds to celebrate innovation and collaboration in healthcare. 

The full list of nominees for the 2023 HSJ Partnership Awards can be found at

The selected winners will be announced during a private ceremony at Evolution London on 23 March 2023.