Leeds Rhinos Netball Update – Academy – February 2018

Good to see everyone fully back into the swing of things after the break! We have a few athletes with injuries, and are just wishing them a speedy recovery. It feels like we have already had numerous training sessions during 2018, and even had a couple of matches, which is great. I hope you follow on Twitter as a way of keeping in touch! Just the usual bit of a round up, following on from the more comprehensive update at the beginning of January.

Ambassadors. I am pleased to announce that our three Leeds Rhinos Netball Ambassadors are Jessie Ducker, Erin Hodgkiss and Georgia Pexton, all from the High Performance Academy. All three of these athletes operate at a very high level of netball, and are great role models for the younger athletes, with their work ethic and commitment to the sport and their team mates. All three athletes are in the Loughborough Lightning U21 Squad, and Georgia is also in the Roses Academy U19 Squad and was Vice Captain of England U17 last year at Netball Europe.  Georgia and Jessie have both been national schools champions. Erin has toured New Zealand with her school squad. You will see images of these athletes and see them at events helping out or coaching the younger athletes.  In future, you may also see them with additional bits of kit so that they can show others what is available. We are still waiting for final confirmation to be able to announce our Leeds Rhinos Ambassador, which has taken a lot longer than planned! We hope the Rugby Ambassador, once announced, will get to meet all the Academy athletes. Here is an image of the ambassadors.

Performance I covered Maggie and Gerry’s sessions last week and the High Performance Academy session, so I had the opportunity to see how most of the Academy athletes are progressing, which was great. I am pleased that Maggie, Gerry and Jan are doing a great job working on the programme of skills that we agree on as a coaching team.   It looks as though the athletes are mostly working at a good level of intensity and therefore will be getting lots out of the programme being offered. High Performance Academy have had a lot of “wrap around” off court aspects to the programme, with U15 having some. U15 and U13s will have Psychology and Nutrition sessions soon, classroom based, on a Monday night before/after training, Debs will confirm the dates and times soon.

Matchplay We have another match for U15 and High Performance Academies, a three way game against Pulse and Wasps in London mid-February. Selections will be made soon, so please remember to support your athletes whatever the outcome of selection or experience on the day. We are lucky to have experienced selectors on our coaching team, with me as a National Academy selector and Maggie as a Roses selector. Gerry and Jan also have good experience of selecting at the highest standard. It is good that we have been working with the athletes for a few months now, so we have been able to see them over a longer period.

Kit. As you know, we have continued to have a few issues with kit. We will be issuing a refund for the training shorts this week. Lisa will have High Performance Academy refunds and Debs has done most of the U13 and U15. We apologise for the inconvenience caused, but it has got too late in the season to source an alternative. We are looking at an alternative for next season. The “small size” kit order has finally arrived and will be distributed this week. Although the kit man had said that delivery would be more like 6 weeks, even now orders are taking longer than that. We continue to work with him to deliver improvements to quality and timeliness.

Other opportunities We have other high quality coaching opportunities coming up for these talented athletes to experience.

I am running a 10-3pm masterclass on 16 February, where I will be working with the athletes personally on their technique on key aspects of the game and we expect the standard to be high.

We are almost ready to announce our Boot Camp for the summer, in August, where again, the standard will be high and the quality of coaching will be excellent. I would expect that a lot of Academy athletes will want to take part in this, timed perfectly for “pre-season”, before trials and with a residential option that is always great experience. These are opportunities where the athletes can gain hints and tips that help athletes make progress to complement their existing activity.

We are also running a series of position specific Prestige Workshops for U13 athletes, with great coaches, to offer that intensity of learning new techniques to the younger athletes. All these are on our website. Pass them onto others who you know would be interested, especially for those who aren’t on social media!

We will soon be advertising our next festival, which will contain a range of activities for Hub and Academy athletes.

In another exciting development, we are partnering with Leeds City College to provide netballing opportunities alongside studies at the College in line with other sports such as football and rugby, where the athletes will get wrap around S&C and matchplay etc. The open day is in the Leeds Half Term. Here is an image of the flier.

I hope you have been watching the Quad series and are looking forward to watching the NSL competition and the athletes learning as much as they can from elite athletes.

#netballontherise #thisgirlcan #ANewEraBegins

Anna Carter
Director of Leeds Rhinos Netball

Leeds Rhinos Netball Update – Hubs – February 2018

Good to see everyone fully back into the swing of things after the break! We have a few athletes with injuries, and are just wishing them a speedy recovery. It feels like we have already had numerous training sessions during 2018.

I hope you follow on Twitter as a way of keeping in touch! Just the usual bit of a round up to keep you posted with Leeds Rhinos Netball developments.

Ambassadors. I am pleased to announce that our three Leeds Rhinos Netball Ambassadors are Jessie Ducker, Erin Hodgkiss and Georgia Pexton, all from the High Performance Academy. All three of these athletes operate at a very high level of netball, and are great role models for the younger athletes, with their work ethic and commitment to the sport and their team mates. All three athletes are in the Loughborough Lightning U21 Squad, and Georgia is also in the Roses Academy U19 Squad and was Vice Captain of England U17 last year at Netball Europe.  Georgia and Jessie have both been national schools champions. Erin has toured New Zealand with her school squad. You will see images of these athletes and see them at events helping out or coaching the younger athletes.  In future, you may also see them with additional bits of kit so that they can show others what is available. We are still waiting for final confirmation to be able to announce our Leeds Rhinos Ambassador, which has taken a lot longer than planned! We hope the Rugby Ambassador, once announced, will get to meet all the Academy athletes. Here is an image of the ambassadors.

Performance I am pleased about the progress of Hub athletes that I am getting from the coaches, with athletes working hard and improving their skills. We continue to develop the Academy Programmes during this our first year of operation and in time, we are keen that Hub athletes can benefit from some of that “wrap around”. We will be advertising our next Festival soon and there will be some different aspects of performance in the programme for that.

Kit. As you know, we have continued to have a few issues with kit. We apologise for the inconvenience caused by the issues with late delivery and some quality issues. Although the kit man had said that delivery would be more like 6 weeks, even now orders are taking longer than that. We continue to work with him to deliver improvements to quality and timeliness.

In another exciting development, we are partnering with Leeds City College to provide netballing opportunities alongside studies at the College in line with other sports such as football and rugby, where the athletes will get wrap around S&C and matchplay etc. The open day is in the Leeds Half Term. Here is an image of the flier.

 

 

Other opportunities We have other high quality coaching opportunities coming up for these talented athletes to experience.

I am running a 10-3pm masterclass on 16 February, where I will be working with the athletes personally on their technique on key aspects of the game and we expect the standard to be high.

We are almost ready to announce our Boot Camp for the summer, in August, where again, the standard will be high and the quality of coaching will be excellent. I would expect that a lot of Academy athletes will want to take part in this, timed perfectly for “pre-season”, before trials and with a residential option that is always great experience. These are opportunities where the athletes can gain hints and tips that help athletes make progress to complement their existing activity.

We are also running a series of position specific Prestige Workshops for U13 athletes, with great coaches, to offer that intensity of learning new techniques to the younger athletes. All these are on our website. Pass them onto others who you know would be interested, especially for those who aren’t on social media!

I hope you have been watching the Quad series and are looking forward to watching the NSL competition and the athletes learning as much as they can from elite athletes.

#netballontherise #thisgirlcan #ANewEraBegins

Anna Carter
Director of Leeds Rhinos Netball

Leeds Rhinos Netball Update – December 2017

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.

Coaching team

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.

And finally….

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

Think like a Rhino! Train like a Rhino!  Win like a Rhino!  #ANewEraBegins!  #marchingontogether #notjustabitofnetball

 

Anna Carter

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

Notes:

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

Leeds Rhinos Netball – Update on York Hub

We are deeply disappointed to announce that our York Hub will be unable to continue into 2018.

Due to low demand in York, we are only running one Hub every other week. 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 fulfill the netball ambitions of Leeds Rhinos Netball and York University.

Athletes are able to transfer to another Hub if  they can – but we appreciate this will be hard for many due to the distances involved. We are committed to York and North Yorkshire and the county’s future netball stars – we look forward to being back in the future.

Leeds Rhinos Netball Update – November 2017

Another in our series of updates about a range of developments with Leeds Rhinos Netball.

We would like to thank our athletes and parents/carers for the continued positive feedback about the delivery of our sessions, including our very youngest mini netballers who love their sessions! Last month saw our first Festival, combining rugby and netball for our athletes, which everyone seemed to love! Our High Performance athletes have had a very different “off court” session with a photographer! We focus in this update on Hub activity, as well as new opportunities! We’re also running an awareness session for coaches and teachers, so that people can learn more about our approach to engage help engage new athletes.  Exciting times, as we also restate our ambition to get into SuperLeague in the future so that there are elite opportunities locally for our talented athletes.

Leeds Rhinos Netball – Hub Focus

We currently run Hubs in Leeds, East Lancashire, Bishop Burton and York, with other local activity running in other areas as well. These take various forms in terms of age groups covered and standard, according to local circumstances. The majority of our Hubs are well attended and our athletes train once a fortnight with quality coaching. This activity complements their Club/School sessions and helps them nail the basics and do the simple things well as a good basis for further progression.

To give parents a flavour of the activity, the early focus has been movement, fitness and ball skills. The focus until Christmas is defence, forcing opponents high and wide, getting the right body positioning to do this effectively, learning how to go lateral onto the ball, and forcing attackers back down court. This is good for all athletes, so that everyone has those skills. This pressure and focus is what leads to tips and interceptions, and it what is creates turnover ball which is key to making great athletes and winning games! Complementing this is isolating the movement skills of a defender, so that there is a really good understanding of the importance of movement. All Hubs will soon be getting a new warm up that will focus on activation and sprint tech drills, as well as focussing on an outside foot landing with an open body position and different types of turns in warm up ball drills.

It was great to see our Hub athletes in action at the Festival recently, we will be having another of these in the New Year, so watch this space. Here is what Libby Hodgkiss thinks, one of our Hub coaches: “I am coaching Hub athletes at York and Leeds. We have been focussing on movement, ball skills and fitness, and now are moving onto defensive skills with the athletes. It is great to see improvements in their performance. We have had a player progress through to an Academy following the Festival, which shows what is possible if you work hard. As a coach, it is great for me working alongside Anna and Maggie as really experienced performance coaches.”

In a couple of locations, we will be starting “Development Hubs”, where athletes won’t need to trial for a place. These will run between January and March and give athletes an opportunity to see what Rhinos Netball is about to see if they want to progress further. Information about these is on the website, so please pass onto friends who may be interested. We are also working with some schools to see if we can grow the number of Hubs we have.

Leeds Rhinos Netball – Prestige Collection of Workshops

The Shooting workshop with International Netball Player Natalie Haythornthwaite was a great success recently with such positive feedback received about the hints and tips players received, as well as Natalie’s infectious love of the game! The C/WD workshop on 1 December has sold out, with top level coaches Anna Carter and Paul Harper.  A workshops for defenders will be advertised soon.

Leeds Rhinos welcomes Paul Harper

You may have seen on social media that we are delighted to announce that Paul Harper will be a technical support coach to the Leeds Rhinos Netball programme and increasingly involved with our new and exciting netball development.  Paul’s credentials in netball are impressive and wide ranging, from national roles, SuperLeague and NPL roles, and his Club role with Tameside. He brings a wealth of experience and a reputation for developing young players, as well as a real passion for the sport. He will work brilliantly with the rest of the coaching team and be a great asset.

Academies Update

It is important to give a flavour of developments across our three Academies here, so that Hub athletes and parents have an understanding of what is involved at the next level if that as that is what we want athletes to aspire to.  U13 and U15 Academies train weekly, with Maggie Birkinshaw and Gerry Plant, both exceptional and experienced performance coaches. In U15 Academy there is an expectation of some strength and conditioning work, and attendance at information talks such as drugs awareness. All athletes in these Academies are working on their Individual Development Plans that will give them a focus on achieving their goals. All names of athletes in our Academy Programmes are on the website and Hub athletes will be uploaded soon. A small selection of matches is being arranged for Academy athletes, against franchise squads and strong clubs.  Here is a quote from Maggie about her role with the Academies: “Seeing the athletes in the U13 and U15 Academies every week and working with them to develop their skills is great, an excellent set of girls who are showing signs of real improvements. I think they’re enjoying their Rhinos experience, although Gerry and I are working them hard!”

The High Performance Academy, the current top group of our set up, steps up another level on a few fronts, such as training weekly with Anna Carter and Jan Hemsley for their technical session, plus two gym sessions as week (at Kirkstall Rugby Ground with a Rhinos Rugby S&C coach) for those who can make it to that venue or localised training to a set programme for those who aren’t local.  These athletes have completed their Individual Development Plan through a 121 process with the coach, attended drugs and nutrition sessions, and had a session with a professional photographer. Watch this space for images coming soon! Next up for them is a 121 with the Player Experience Manager who will be checking overall wellbeing and academic ambitions etc!

Achieving your ambitions

We had positive feedback about the advice we offered in the last update about additional things that athletes can do to help them make the most of their talent by combining it with hard work!  So, we are repeating if for those who may have missed it!  Here are some suggestions to help every athlete be resourceful to help them be the best they can be. So, for example:

  • Try to watch high level netball live so you can learn – eg England in international series vs Malawi, Quad series, SuperLeague games or you can watch Leeds Athletic Premier Team at Beckett at their home matches!
  • Try to watch netball from down under, eg on YouTube you can often watch the Aus/NZ games and be inspired by the stuff they do!
  • Read about sport people, their journeys, what lead them to success, what obstacles have they overcome etc. Follow BelievePerform on FaceBook for good advice for athletes and parents.
  • Do a bit extra – do your “ball on wall” exercises and other bits of fitness to help you perform better in games.

And finally….

Thank you for your ongoing support for Leeds Rhinos, stay tuned into our FaceBook and Twitter accounts to keep up with developments. In our next update, we will announce our Leeds Rhinos Netball Ambassadors, let you know how the C/WD workshop goes, keep you posted with new developments and confirm arrangements for after March.

Think like a Rhino! Train like a Rhino!  Win like a Rhino!  #ANewEraBegins!  #marchingontogether #notjustabitofnetball

 

Anna Carter

Director of Leeds Rhinos Netball

Leeds Rhinos Netball Update – End October 2017

Another update to update you about developments with Leeds Rhinos Netball, including things our athletes and coaches are involved in and things the athletes can get involved in to help develop their game.

We continue to get very positive feedback about the delivery of our sessions, both technical court sessions and S&C for those in the High Performance and U15 Academies. The little ones love Mini Netball which is available in Leeds! We have drug awareness sessions coming up for some of our athletes, and our Hubs are very popular and we are looking to grow these. This weekend saw our first Netball Festival, which involved the athletes in netball and rugby. We were also recently involved in a National Women in Sport Conference to help raise the profile of netball and Leeds Rhinos Netball!

Leeds Rhinos Netball – Prestige Collection of Workshops for Players

Not many spaces left, but these are aimed at strong players (school years 10-13) with good technical understanding and a drive to learn new techniques. The workshops are first come first served and we have a limit of 25 places due to the high performance nature of the workshop. Shooting workshop – Venue is Gateways School, Date – Friday 3rd November 2017, Time – 7pm-9pm, Cost – £30. WD/C workshop – Venue – Gateways School, Date – 1st December, Time – 7pm-9pm, Cost – £30. Book online in the normal way.

Frist we have a Shooting workshop with International Netball Player Natalie Haythornthwaite.  With a collection of England caps, and a passion for the sport, Natalie is a great coach who loves to see young players progress. Natalie will be supported by Vicky Palmer a former England and SuperLeague player known for accuracy and outwitting her opponent.  The workshop will focus on GS/GA availability, splitting the defence and creating space.

Our second of this series will be a C/WD workshop with top level coaches, Anna Carter and Paul Harper.  Anna Carter is an ex international WD/C, currently working as Leeds Rhinos Performance Director, England Technical support coach and Loughborough Lightning SuperLeague Performance Director.  Paul Harper is Former England and Switzerland U17 performance coach, he was 2 years as Manchester based England Netball coach for the INTC, he was 9 years as Manchester Thunder SuperLeague assistant coach, and NPL Head Coach including winning 10 titles! The workshop will focus particularly on the WD/C working together to promote and deny options.

A workshops for defenders will be advertised soon.

Leeds Rhinos Netball Festival

This weekend saw our first Festival, with more than 100 athletes taking part in a mixture of Rugby and Netball, so able to put what they have been learning in Hub and Academy Sessions into practice in the netball tournament and learning new team and communication skills in rugby! We were delighted with the sign up for this festival across Hubs and Academy athletes, it was a great opportunity for me and other coaches to see the girls in action all together and to see the progress being made as well as spot areas to work on! Inevitably, a few lessons learned with an event like this, eg us getting joining instructions being even clearer, parents/athletes taking note of instructions etc, but overall it was a great day! We were delighted to give out medals to the winning teams and netballs as prizes for athletes taking part with the most spirit!

Kit

Inevitably, given we are dealing with a new supplier and high volumes, we do have some kit issues that we are dealing with! However, the kit looks fantastic and those athletes who have the kit, love it and are wearing it proudly. If you’re in a Hub, hopefully your kit will arrive soon. If you are in an Academy and have ordered smaller sizes, we hope it will be here in a few weeks time. We are getting reports of a couple of issues with logos, so do follow washing instructions. If you do have an issue, let us know, take a photo of the damage. Our kit supplier is working with the factory to get some advice and deal with this. He is also dealing with the training shorts sizing issue and we hope to have an update soon.

Photographs and squad lists

Having had some late trialists, we will be putting our Squad lists onto the website soon. We haven’t organised dates for photographs of each squad yet until more people have kit. We will confirm with each Hub/Academy when this is going to be!

Raising the profile of Leeds Rhinos Netball – Women in Sport National Conference

I recently attended this National conference at Headingley with Gerry Plant (U13/15 Academy coach) and Lisa Fox (High Performance Academy Player Experience Manager). It was great to be at this, wearing our kit and raising the profile of this new initiative amongst so many different sports and at an event hosted by the BBC’s Tanya Arnold. As part of the event, Georgia Pexton, one of our High Performance athletes (and England U17 Vice Captain at Netball Europe) was inteviwed as part of a panel with Lois Forsell (and England Rugby League player soon heading to the world cup). Tanya Arnold asked them questions about the progress of the two sports, issues within women’s sports and their own sports lifestyle. Georgia was able to talk a lot about Leeds Rhinos Netball and Tanya is interested in covering one of our sessions on the BBC soon.

Festivals and Match play

We will be organising another Festival next term to build on the success of the recent Festival. We have also had a positive response from some of the SuperLeague franchises to our request for match play against our academies, as soon as dates are sorted, we will confirm these with relevant athletes.

Achieving your ambitions

Remember that it is a combination of talent and hard work that makes champions and helps people to be the best they can be. Our programmes and sessions will give athletes lots of what they need to help improve and develop, but also remember that every athlete has to be resourceful to help achieve success. So, for example:

  • Try to watch high level netball live so you can learn – eg England in international series vs Malawi, SuperLeague games or you can watch Leeds Athletic Premier Team at Beckett at their home matches!
  • Try to watch netball from down under, eg on YouTube you can often watch the Auz/NZ games and be inspired by the stuff they do!
  • Read about sport people, their journeys, what lead them to success, what obstacles have they overcome etc.
  • Do a bit extra –do your “ball on wall” exercises and other bits of fitness to help you perform better in games.

Leeds Rhinos Netball Ambassadors

Leeds Rhinos Netball ambassadors will be selected each year from Leeds Rhinos Academies. This first year, they will be selected from the High Performance Academy. They will be athletes who excel at the sport and are great role models for younger athletes. They will have an excellent work ethic and lead by example in terms of performance and conduct. They will help and support others in their peer group and also others involved in Leeds Rhinos Netball eg through Hubs, Academies, Camps and Workshops. The ambassadors will also be Kit Ambassadors for Leeds Rhinos Netball Kit, always looking smart and wherever possible wearing mandatory kit and also wearing additional optional Leeds Rhinos Netball kit so that others can see what products are available.

Think like a Rhino! Train like a Rhino!  Win like a Rhino!  #ANewEraBegins!  #marchingontogether #notjustabitofnetball

Anna Carter

Director of Leeds Rhinos Netball

Leeds Rhinos Netball Update – 8 October 2017

Quick note to let you all know how things are progressing with this exciting new netball initiative that you are involved in.

We are getting very positive feedback about lots of what we are doing, which is great. Inevitably, we also have a few things that haven’t gone to plan, which we apologise for.  The website is up to date in terms of dates and we will be updating the frequently asked questions soon. In the meantime, we will update you on a few key things where we know there are questions.

Kit

The Academy Kit has arrived and will be handed out this week. If Academy athletes want to order additional items of kit, they can do so over the website. Hub athletes have had the instructions about ordering their mandatory kit order and hopefully these items will come soon, so order asap. Likewise, if Hub athletes want to order any additional items of kit, they can do so on the website. As with many kit suppliers, lead in times for branded kit is not as fast as any of us would want it to be, but our supplier will be doing their best to get kit processed and delivered.

Photographs and squad lists

Now that the Academies and Hub are getting settled after late trials and some movement between Academies and Hubs following trials, we will be publishing Squad lists on our website and social media soon. We will be taking photographs of each Academy Squad and Hub Squad, once athletes have their kit. We will confirm with each Hub/Academy when this is going to be!

General enquiries

Jo Hodgkiss is the administrator and deals with all things administration and finance info@leedsrhinosnetball.co.uk.

What happens when the current programmes end?

As you know, the current programmes are planned to finish at the end of March. We anticipate that we will extend these, without further trialling, subject to performance and commitment, and with a programme that takes some account of exam periods and a bit of a summer break!  Over time, we would expect there to be some “in-year” movement from Hubs through to Academies where there are spaces, as athletes in Hubs develop their skill levels. Attendance at Hubs, combined with Club and School practice, is likely to be the best preparation for a successful Academy place. We are likely to trial next September again for Academies and Hubs, but it is too soon to be definitive about this given the changes in the game generally and our learning from Leeds Rhinos.

Learning from professional sports

The experience for the Academy athletes (especially High Performance and U15) has some new features compared to other programmes, for example, access to a range of information on Google Drive, Individual Development Planning, specialist S&C coaching, intensive technical sessions, and opportunities for joint sessions with other performance athletes. U13 have access to some of this, but not all given their age.  We are considering how we can extend some of these benefits to Hub athletes, so that they benefit from the learning from professional sport. We anticipate that this will develop over this season and certainly next season. Coach education and support is another feature that is different with this programme, because of the connection to the professional Club and also Anna and Maggie being a part of the Loughborough Lightning set up.

Festivals and Match play

Some matches for Academy Athletes are being planned. The first Festival for Hub athletes will be at the end of October. More information will be available soon and emailed to specific groups.

Being inspired

I hope that many of you were able to watch the Rhinos perform last night and win the Grand Final in incredible style and with some inspiring characters on and off the pitch.  Because Anna is based at Kirkstall, with the Rugby boys, she is in and amongst that level of sporting achievement and aspiration daily. Increasingly, some of the Rhinos players are becoming interested in the netball developments and we will soon be announcing one of the Rhinos players as an Ambassador for Leeds Rhinos Netball, someone who will hopefully be able to visit our Academies and Hubs and inspire our athletes to be the best they can be.

Think like a Rhino! Train like a Rhino!  Win like a Rhino!  #ANewEraBegins!  #marchingontogether

 

Anna Carter

Director of Leeds Rhinos Netball

New role at Loughborough Lightning for Anna Carter

We are delighted that Director of Netball at Leeds Rhinos Netball, Anna Carter, has been offered and accepted the additional role of Director of Netball for Loughborough Lightning’s Vitality Netball Superleague side.

Loughborough led the Superleague table at the end of the 2017 season and she will be working with an amazing range of national and international players in the run up to and after the Commonwealth Games.

We have always said it is important that our Leeds Rhinos Netball developments are led by someone involved at the very top of the game – and this is an exceptional opportunity for us all.

Anna will be combining her SuperLeague Head Coach role with continued involvement to drive the Leeds Rhinos Netball programme and coach the Leeds Rhinos Netball High Performance/U17 Academy.

She will be supported in the delivery of our programmes by a series of coaches – including Head Coach Maggie Birkinshaw, who will also continue to work alongside Anna at Loughborough. Jan Hemsley, Loughborough U21 coach and Leeds Athletic Northern League Coach, and Gerry Plant, former NI netball star and former Yorkshire Jets Team Manager are the other coaches in the Academies.

Coaches at the Hubs remain unchanged, and we will share more about our other coaches in the coming weeks.