Leeds Rhinos Update – May 2018
Just a quick update for you so you’re aware of the many developments currently underway. We have had some cracking stuff happen since we last wrote, with more great stuff planned – not to mention what has happened to English Netball in general since that very exciting Gold Medal victory on Australia’s Gold Coast!
Here are some of our highlights:
- Our High-Performance Academy athletes appearing on the pitch at Elland Road at the Rhinos vs Cas Tigers match, in front of a crowd on 23,000, along with the Rhinos Academy boys, Rhinos ladies, and Rhinos physical disability teams – a great occasion and fantastic profile for netball!
- Some well-attended workshops for athletes and coaches, covering a range of ages and position specialisms, which are all receiving great feedback
- A successful half-term camp at Woodhouse Grove, well attended and with strong coaches and our Netball ambassadors providing support and inspiration to the athletes
- Our Spring Bank Fun Camps at Leeds Beckett and Blackburn College, featuring our regular coaching staff and also a special appearance from Commonwealth Gold Medal winning stars Beth Cobden, Jodie Gibson and Natalie Haythornthwaite.
- Our on-going presence at most of the Rhinos home game, including drills and shooting practice on show. Our Mini Netballers were invited along to the last game and all of our athletes will have this opportunity at some stage!
- A great day of matchplay for some of our Academy athletes, against the Hertfordshire Mavericks in London, with some brilliant play, superb experience, and encouraging results –big thanks to the coaches for taking the athletes along.
- Our Academy Programmes at capacity and in full swing; and most of our Hub Programmes also booked out and giving athletes a weekly opportunity to enhance their skills over the summer season.
- Our recent Netball Festival which proved a huge success for over 50 athletes who attended, with many new skills learned in netball, rugby and objective-setting, and lots of great feedback received. Note that this camp was for Rhinos and non-Rhinos athletes and it was great for the coaches to see new talent as well as players who have improved throughout the season. The day’s highlights were matchplay, the coaches playing “Killer” and everybody forming a heart shape in memory of Jo Cox, who was killed tragically two years ago, as part of a campaign called #connect4jo. Massive fun and hugely symbolic.
What’s coming up next?
- We have some spaces in our Leeds Junior Hub, and at both Junior and Senior Hubs in Bishop Burton, and in our younger Mini Netball session on a Saturday morning at Beckett
- We also have our Summer Camps running from Woodhouse Grove, including residential and non-residential options, which are a perfectly-timed intense start to pre-season training!!
We appreciate the support you give to Leeds Rhinos Netball and look forward to sharing further developments with you later in the year!
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Director of Leeds Rhinos Netball