WHAT ARE LEEDS RHINOS NETBALL HUBS?
Leeds Rhinos Netball Hubs are targeted at players who want to access specialist netball coaching to complement playing for a school or club, or those already on the pathway eg. playing for county, satellite or district. Whilst not a formal part of the performance pathway, players in our Hubs may be aspiring to enter the pathway by securing a place in a Leeds Rhinos Netball Academy. Playing in a Hub is a good way to develop and raise your profile ready for an Academy place, whilst understanding the benchmark of the performance standard required for the formal aspects of the pathway.
WHAT DOES THE LEEDS RHINOS NETBALL HUB OFFER?
Each Hub will provide training on a weekly basis, as well as the opportunity to play in festivals during the year. Players benefit from 1.5 hours coaching from our quality performance coaches. All coaches in the Hubs will be from the Leeds Rhinos Netball Coaching Team and have the skills to coach the “Rhinos Netball way”. Coaches and athletes in the Hubs benefit from close relationship with coaches and athletes in the Academies. The Hub Programme is overseen by our Director of Netball, Anna Carter, with other highly experienced performance coaches in support to ensure quality and consistency of delivery.
HOW MANY ATHLETES WILL BE SELECTED FOR EACH HUB?
Approximately 25-30 players will be selected for each Rhinos Netball Hub. Trials (where applicable) for the Hubs will be based locally and advertised through the website in due course.
WHAT IS LEEDS RHINOS NETBALL LOOKING FOR IN A HUB PLAYER AND HOW ARE PLAYERS ASSESSED?
Experienced selectors will assess the players for basic skills, athletic ability and potential. This is assessed through drills, skills and match play. We want athletes who love the game, show a will to improve and to be their best.
WHERE AND WHEN DO LEEDS RHINOS NETBALL HUBS TRAIN?
The Leeds Rhinos Netball Hubs are held in various locations, based on where there is existing demand for netball activity and our key partnerships with clubs, schools and colleges. We currently run Hubs in Leeds, Bishop Burton, Bradford, Doncaster and Wakefield.
WHAT IS THE COST OF THE LEEDS RHINOS NETBALL HUB PROGRAMME?
Please see each individual Hub for details. Whilst there is a framework in place to ensure quality and consistency of coaching at Leeds Rhinos Netball Hubs, the pricing may vary per location due to the running costs at each venue. Costs do not include any kit required. Camps, festivals and workshops also incur an additional cost since we are unable to predict these in advance. No refunds are available, other than in exceptional circumstances such as serious injury (and always discretionary).
DO I HAVE TO TRIAL FOR A HUB PLACE?
Most of our Hubs for the 2018-19 can be accessed via a sign-up, with only the Leeds Hub accessed via a trial. This is based on demand per area and may vary from season to season. Whilst access to each Hub may vary there is a framework in place to ensure quality and consistency of coaching across each of the Leeds Rhinos Netball Hubs.
I AM TRIALLING FOR AN ACADEMY. SHOULD I ALSO REGISTER FOR A HUB?
This is personal choice. Some athletes who secure their place on Academy Training may also choose to join a Hub since it could offer more local training. If you’re already registered to trial for an Academy and see Hubs as a back-up, then you can sign up to a Hub now and, if successful in the Academy Trials, we will release your Hub place and provide a refund. Or, you can leave it until after the Academy Trials and, where you’re not successful, you can apply for a Hub then.
WHAT IS THE REQUIRED KIT FOR A HUB PLAYER?
Details will be given to successful athletes.
I WORK FOR A SCHOOL AND WE WOULD LIKE A HUB TO DEVELOP OUR PLAYERS. CAN YOU HELP?
We are open-minded to developing more Hubs wherever there is a demand and a facility, as this will help to improve the overall standard of netball across Yorkshire. If you would like to discuss this further with us please contact firstname.lastname@example.org