Leeds Rhinos Women complete first pre-season training camp

The preparations for Leeds Rhinos Women’s new season are well underway and last week the team had the opportunity to take part in their first pre-season training camp.

The two day camp started with a Rugby League field session, focussing on speed and agility work moving into a defensive session. This was followed by lunch at the barracks, and then another tough session led by the Army.  This involved command tasks which were a series of tasks aimed at building teamwork, communication and problem-solving skills.

The squad then completed a series of timed group challenges, the first was a team relay across the Army’s paratrooper training course, including a  5km run where they had to collect equipment on the way, running through water pits and hills.  The second was a team time trial, fastest combined times on a 1km sprint up and over hills.  The final test was field skills, which involved stretcher carrying as a team.  Three teams raced from the stretcher point back to the meeting point for a distance of approximately 2km carrying a 40KG metal stretcher.

The final day saw the team eat breakfast together at the barracks before they completed the camp with a Rugby League field session focussing on core skill, defence leading into attack and conditioned games

Adam Cuthbertson, head coach of Leeds Rhinos Women said: “This was our first camp as a squad so we thought what better place to come than Catterick Army Base and do some team building drills and a few challenges for the girls to create that unity and get a closer bond.

“Some of the younger girls didn’t have a pre-season with us last year as they came from the Under-19s, so this gave the opportunity to mix with the older girls that started the pre-season last year.  It was a great way to get them together and grow and also to get a good mix and understanding about what people are like away from rugby and getting them working as a team.”

Amy Johnson, who was part of the Rhinos team who won the Challenge Cup last year said the camp had been worthwhile in helping the team get to know each other better.

“It’s gone really well and it’s a great thing to get to know the team and understand how people work.  We did an exercise which involved giving directions and it was good to see how different people’s minds work and how they like to be directed.  Other than that it’s about people digging deep and learning more about each other in terms of hitting people’s walls and how we can push each other through hard periods.”