It was a full Lewis Jones Suite at the iconic Emerald Stadium in Headingley on Tuesday evening, as Leeds Rhinos Netball presented their vision for the 2018/19 season at the club’s Information Evening.
People from within the netball community and beyond turned out to hear how next year’s programme delivery will look in practice, since the club having been given the nod from England Netball to deliver the sport’s performance pathway for Yorkshire.
Led by Rhinos Foundation Trustee, Mariana Pexton – who kicked off proceedings with a now infamous video clip of the England Roses’ winning Commonwealth Gold this year – several key stakeholders from within the Rhinos family had the opportunity to explain what this means for netball within the Yorkshire region and also for the club. CEO for Leeds Rhinos, Gary Hetherington, spoke of the club’s history and long-standing objective for increased community participation, a goal it clearly shares with the latest addition to the organization. Another video followed, presented by the Head of Community for Leeds Rhinos Foundation, Gareth Cook, which showcased the fantastic work the Foundation delivers within the community. Rhino’s first team player and current Ambassador for Leeds Rhinos Netball, Ashton Golding, was next up and spoke of everything it means to be a Rhino and, ultimately, the pride gained through wearing a Rhinos shirt.
Leeds Rhinos Director for Netball, Anna Carter, with assistance from Pexton, took her time to explain how the pathway will look in terms of the provision of performance netball, access points, and the participation structure moving forward. Whilst much of the detail is still being finalised, the dates for next season’s trials were amongst the items Leeds Rhinos Netball gave some clarity – those being 8&9 September 2018 – with further details to follow during the forthcoming days and weeks as to the full application process.
In the short-term, a series of Frequently Asked Questions has been posted on the Leeds Rhinos Netball website: http://www.leedsrhinosnetball.co.uk/frequently-asked-questions/ Athletes, parents and teachers are also encouraged to sign up for news updates at http://www.leedsrhinosnetball.co.uk/enewsletter/ and to follow Leeds Rhinos Netball on Facebook and Twitter.