SMO had the pleasure of a chat with Jamie Waltham, founder of brand new Hull sports club ‘East Yorkshire Carnegie’. Many of our readers will recognise Jamie as a prior founder of Hull United AFC, and a local businessman who is extremely passionate about football, sport and making a difference. He also runs The United Foundation, who are committed to local sport working with key partners.

With plans to develop an impressive stadium based at his ground Dene Park, as well as the introduction of a community ownership model, Jamie spoke to us about East Yorkshire Carnegie, what it means, and what ultimately will make the club slightly different from the norm.

The story behind East Yorkshire Carnegie in itself is relevant and links back to the historical story of Andrew Carnegie who built a hugely successful business, only to give it all away, or back into what he believed.

The Scottish-American industrialist, led the expansion of the steel industry in the late 19th century. From there, he built himself and impressive leadership role as a philanthropist for both the United States and Great Britain and spent the last 18 years of his life giving away $350 million to charities, foundations and universities.

For Jamie, the name and logo represents development, success and humanity. Jamie adds; “Alongside plans for the impressive stadium facility, East Yorkshire Carnegie has applied to the RFL to introduce a championship 1 Rugby side, and will be home to a new Humber Premier league football side. The positioning of the club at Dene Park is crucial, to capture fans from across both Hull and Beverley”.

The final piece of the this sporting story, is a new ‘attacking style of football’ that Jamie plans to roll out and coach into his Football side. When we quizzed Jamie on what this actually involves, and how the other teams in the Humber Premier will work with this, he answered “they won’t know what’s coming’. As well as attacking, this new brand of football will be entertaining. We certainly can’t wait to watch!

East Yorkshire Carnegie is looking for both Rugby and Football Players alike, to find out more and to register your interest in the project visit the website.