Junior Takeover Day provides a memorable day for young fans

For the fourth consecutive year, Leeds Rhinos welcomed their junior supporters to Emerald Headingley to experience an exclusive behind-the-scenes insight into life at the Rhinos on a match day. The club’s young supporters were invited to apply for roles at the club and then nine children were selected to take part in a unique day at our Betfred Super League game against Hull FC.

Our grounds team were supported by 10-year-old Kieran Massey who attends Whitecote Primary, who helped get the pitch in tip-top condition for Sunday’s double header.

On the PA you will have heard Ava Longley who helped out our regular announcer Pete Nuttall on the microphone announcing for both the Women’s Super League curtain raiser as well as the main game, and she got the pronunciation of Ava Seumanufagai spot on!

8-year-old Layla Almond spent the day with Gary Hetherington in her role as Junior CEO and also helped the Commercial Sales team with their game day duties in the Corporate Hospitality suites. Layla was also lucky enough to present the Man Of The Match presentation to Adam Cuthbertson in the Long Bar after the match.

Zac Painter got to meet the match officials and spend time with referee Marcus Griffiths as Junior Referee on Sunday. As well as warming up with the officials, Zac met the team captains to conduct the coin toss and carried the match ball onto the pitch at kick off.

Sophie Adcock, who attends Abbey Grange Academy, spent the day with Head of Customer Experience Sian Jones and supported all the staff in the Leeds Rugby Ticket Office. The day was made doubly special for Sophie who was celebrating her birthday on match day!

In the Club Shop, you may have been served by 12-year-old Millie Holmes as our Junior Head of Retail who helped run a smooth operation on a day of busy retail sales.

Our match day community team were supported by Sampson Knight, who attends Ivanhoe Primary School. Sampson was on hand to help manage the Guard of Honour, player escorts and flag bearers for both games on match day to make sure the on-pitch presentations were perfect.

There were 2 brand new roles for 2019 including a Junior South Stand Host which saw 10-year-old Alexandra Swann take to the stage in the South Stand. Working alongside regular host Matt Horton, Alex got involved with player interviews and match day analysis for the fans in the South Stand concourse.

Finally, 10-year-old Ruby Ellis was the club’s first ever Junior Women’s Coach and worked with the Leeds Rhinos Women’s coaching staff throughout the Women’s Super League fixture.

Alison Ward, Marketing Executive at Leeds Rhinos, said “Since we launched the Junior Takeover Day four years ago the concept has been a huge success and is a day that our fans and staff always look forward to.

“It’s a great opportunity for our young supporters to experience what goes on during a match day and to see all sides of our business, from getting on the microphone to host in the South Stand to helping deal with customer queries with our Head of Customer Experience.

“We hope all the children taking part enjoyed their day as part of the Rhinos team and had a day to remember at Emerald Headingley.”

Thank you to our Junior Takeover Day team for pulling the ropes on game day and to all the Club staff for helping put on a memorable day for our young supporters. You can find a full photo album of all the Junior Takeover action at our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/leedsrhinosofficial