As we get into December and the countdown to the festive season, here is another update about Leeds Rhinos Netball. Plenty going on! The media release issued this week with the release of the picture of the High Performance Academy, gives an overview of the last few months. This is attached at the end of this update, as it was covered in the Yorkshire Evening Post and social media. The graphic that presented the girls was excellent and shows the professional approach we aim to adopt across all aspects.
In recent and current developments:
- We held another of our Prestige Workshop Collection last week, a C/WD workshop with Anna Carter and Paul Harper. This was high quality, high intensity and packed with learning for the athletes who attended. Feedback was incredibly positive. We will soon be advertising a circle defence workshop in this series, and are looking to plan more because demand is high. It was great to see so many Rhinos athletes in their kit, from both Hubs and Academies, and interesting that athletes from lots of other areas are also booking on these workshops because of the quality of delivery.
- Our U13/U15 Academies are having photographs this week, and our Hub Coaches will be taking a photograph of the Hub athletes before Christmas.
- In another new development, because of our links with Beckett and Rhinos, our High Performance and U15 athletes are having a sports psychology session this week. Our High Performance athletes have mostly had their 121 with the coach and are now moving onto the 121 with the Player Experience Manager.
- We are looking ahead to the next Festival for Hub and Academy athletes in February and the first set of matches for some of our athletes in Academies are in the diary for January.
Leeds Rhinos Netball – York Hub
Unfortunately we are unable to continue the York Hub into 2018. Due to low demand in York, we are only running one Hub every other week, which is quite different to most other locations. York University have allowed us to book their facility alternate weeks so far, but they are unable to continue with this arrangement from January 2018. We considered moving the Hub to train every week, but we are unable to get a quality coach for a weekly session. We have considered alternative facilities, but in the time available have not been able to secure this.
We are bitterly disappointed about this, because we have been working with the university and local schools to encourage more athletes into the programme so we can run more Hubs, make better use of the facility and fulfil the netball ambitions of Leeds Rhinos Netball and York University. Athletes have been offered places in Leeds or Bishop Burton.
Leeds Rhinos Netball – Development Hubs in East Lancashire and Leeds
Due to demand in these areas, we are putting on Development Hubs, where there are no trials and athletes can sign up on the website and hopefully progress through the Leeds Rhinos Netball pathway. We are also starting an U11 Hub in East Lancashire.
In the last update, we welcomed Paul Harper to the coaching team and described his excellent credentials. This month, we congratulate Maggie Birkinshaw (U13/15 Academy coach) on her appointment as a national selector with the England Roses. Maggie brings a wealth of knowledge, passion and experience to the role, having been involved in netball since the age of nine. She played at the highest level of the game and represented England U18s, U21s and the senior team, with whom she competed at three World Championships. Since then, as many of us know, she has dedicated her time and energy to giving back to the sport and has held a number of high-profile positions – previously Assistant Coach at Yorkshire Jets and is currently Loughborough Lightning Assistant Coach.
Maggie is looking forward to being part of the National Selectors Team observing and working with the National Coach, her support team and the performance athletes as they transition into the next cycle of their preparation ultimately building to the Netball World Cup.
As a reminder, Anna is also a selector for the England Roses National Academy, as well as head coach at Loughborough Lightning.
We are very lucky to have such a strong and experienced coaching team, who later this week are spending an evening with Brian MacDermott, the Leeds Rhinos Head Coach, who is also a very well regarded coach, so that we ensure our coaches continually learn and develop.
Thank you for your ongoing support for Leeds Rhinos, the positive feedback we continue to get about the level of coaching is great and very much appreciated. Please stay tuned into our FaceBook and Twitter accounts to keep up with developments
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Director of Leeds Rhinos Netball
Leeds Rhinos Netball launches its High Performance Academy squad
Leeds Rhinos Netball, which launched in July 2017 as part of the Leeds Rhinos family, has revealed its first High Performance Academy squad.
Trials for the Academy squad were held during September and from those who tried out, Director of Netball, Anna Carter, has selected 21 athletes into the programme. The athletes are drawn from Leeds, all parts of Yorkshire and from the North West, with the professional sporting context of Rhinos, and the coaching team, being a magnet for some top-quality players.
Many of the athletes named in the Academy are members of some of the top clubs in the country and with England National Academy experience.
Anna Carter, Director of Leeds Rhinos Netball said, “I am delighted with the player experience these athletes are getting, it will develop them brilliantly. The wrap around support we can access by being a part of the Leeds Rhinos family, the relationship with Leeds Beckett University and its sporting expertise, is exceptional.
“This programme will be a game changer for female sport, as amateur sports learn from professional sports. The girls are accessing specialist strength and conditioning, drug awareness, nutrition, individual development planning and other off court support, as well as a high quality weekly technical session.”
The process of recruiting players and getting more people playing netball will continue through Leeds Rhinos Netball’s partnership with Leeds Rhinos Foundation. Coaches from Leeds Rhinos Netball will work alongside the charity to build new relationships with schools to find new talent and engage more girls in sporting opportunities, as it also strives to build a platform to deliver the ambition to become a Superleague franchise.
The High Performance Academy is one of three Academies that Leeds Rhinos Netball will run, with an Under-15 and Under-13 Academy also available for aspiring netball players and these athletes will access a less intense programme, appropriate for their age, to get them ready for the next level. Members of the Academy receive high quality, weekly coaching from well-regarded coaches Maggie Birkinshaw and Gerry Plant.
Alongside the High Performance Academy, Leeds Rhinos Netball also run a series of Netball Hubs in a variety of locations for a range of different ages. Ranging from Mini Netball for young primary children, through to Hubs in East Lancashire, Leeds, Bishop Burton and York, and the Academies, which means more than 220 athletes are able to access regular netball.
Opportunities for new athletes mid-season will be available through Development Hubs, in East Lancashire and Leeds, for girls who would like to access good coaching and see what Leeds Rhinos Netball has to offer.
In addition to this, Leeds Rhinos Netball is in the middle of a series of prestigious workshops with top quality coaching from international coaches and players, as well as running sell out Netball Camps during the holiday period, that can inspire athletes to want to be their best.
Upcoming opportunities will include a Defence Workshop, an Easter Camp and an Annual Residential Boot Camp. For more information on Leeds Rhinos Netball and upcoming events visit www.leedsrhinosnetball.co.uk
Leeds Rhinos Netball was launched at Emerald Headingley Stadium on 8 July 2017, as part of the Rhinos family.
The Academy Coaching team is Anna Carter, Maggie Birkinshaw, Jan Hemsley and Gerry Plant, all of whom were coaches in Yorkshire Jets Superleague set up. Paul Harper, a top coach from the north west is a technical adviser, delivering guest sessions, and workshops