One example of the many diverse projects and 'a first of its kind' was led by Starr Zaman, which enabled a mosque (Islamic Tarbiyah Academy) to have direct links with a local rugby league club (Dewsbury Celtic). Forty students from the voluntary faith organisation received an introduction to Rugby League from former Leeds Rugby legend, Francis Cummins. This proved very popular with everyone and sessions still continue. This project highlighted how a community club can reach out to the wider community and share learning and experience.
This project has been recognised as a 'model' of good working practice by Sport England. Further recognition was achieved when the Connecting Communities' project was nominated and shortlisted for the prestigious National Lottery Awards.