Leeds Rhinos Netball celebrate first year anniversary
Leeds Rhinos Netball this week celebrate their first year of operation, with the news that England Netball have asked them to deliver the pathway for the Yorkshire region. England Netball said that the pathway will transition to Leeds Rhinos early September 2018. Whilst unsuccessful in gaining VNSL 2019 membership on this occasion Leeds Rhinos demonstrated a strong model of operation which includes comprehensive sports science.
Leeds Rhinos Netball was launched in 2017 as a new and exciting venture for netball in Yorkshire and beyond with the support of Leeds Rhinos and their charity, Leeds Rhinos Foundation.
Since the launch Leeds Rhinos Netball has provided great opportunities for young athletes at a range of levels, have delivered training hubs, camps and workshops and have been working towards their ultimate ambition of securing a Superleague franchise.
Leeds Rhinos Netball will continue to have some of the best coaching talent that Yorkshire has with Anna Carter and Maggie Birkinshaw, who took Loughborough Lightning to the Grand Final just last weekend. It will draw on the professional aspects of the rugby academies and deliver more netball across schools in Leeds and beyond through the Leeds Rhinos Foundation.
Anna Carter, Director of Leeds Rhinos Netball said “I am so excited that we will be able to work with the great athletes and offer them an excellent on and off court package, amongst the best in the country. I can’t wait to get out into more schools to offer netball and to find new talent and also to work hard to help develop more performance coaches.”
Gary Hetherington, chief executive of Leeds Rhinos said: “This is a great development for us and we are delighted that Leeds Rhinos Netball have been recognised and awarded with the Yorkshire Pathway. The club and Leeds Rhinos Foundation can bring so much to help develop netball and we can’t wait to deliver. We are working with a range of key partners at Leeds Beckett and the University of Leeds and will be looking to add to the range of partners as we plan our delivery of the pathway in 2018 and Superleague hopefully at the start of 2020.”