Ritchie Hawkyard has been granted a 12 month testimonial by the Rugby Football League to begin next year.
‘Titch’ has been granted the testimonial for making over 200 career appearances for Bradford Bulls, Underbank Rangers, Swinton Lions and Keighley Cougars as well as his exceptional fundraising efforts for a number of charities.
The full-back also has international recognition after earning a sole cap for the Scotland national team in a 2007 friendly against France.
Making his first team debut for the Bradford Bulls against the Huddersfield Giants in 2007, Hawkyard left Odsal at the end of the season to join the Swinton Lions and in a nine year spell with the club helped them earn promotion into the Championship on two occassions, first as Champions in 2011 and then as play-off winners in 2015.
He also had a brief spell with the Underbank Rangers in Huddersfield during his time with the Lions featuring in the 2009 National League Three Play-Off Final in Warrington as they fell to defeat at the hands of the Bramley Buffaloes.
Since joining the Cougars in 2016, Hawkyard has become a firm fans favourite at Cougar Park and played his part in the 2016 iPro Sport Cup Final in Blackpool as they defeated the York City Knights before a sensational return from an horrific facial injury in 2017 helped the side qualify for the Super Eights.
The exciting full-back has an excellent coaching record also as he has coached Slaithwaite open age for a decade, Underbank Rangers open age for 3 years and a sole season in charge of the open age and under-18’s side of Sygenta. He also coached Colne Valley High School in the Champions Schools Programme.
Away from the field, ‘Titch’ has an outstanding record when it comes to fundraising for charities and each year organises and hosts an annual tag rugby tournament in the memory of his and brother Darren’s, who has played alongside Ritchie at three different clubs, late father who sadly passed away as a result of Parkinson’s Disease.
The tournament which is always a huge success as raised monies for a number of charities which include Parkinson’s Charity, Birmingham Children’s Hosptial, Yorkshire Air Ambulance, Breast Cancer Research, Danny Jones Defibrillator Fund and Alzheimer’s Charity.
Everyone here at Keighley Cougars would like to congratulate Ritchie on being awarded his testimonial and are looking forward to supporting ‘Titch’ during his testimonial.