Back to training for Leeds Rhinos Academy

After a two month break, Leeds Rhinos’ Under-18s academy and Under-16s scholarship returned to training last week to begin their preparations for the 2022 season.

Based at the Kirkstall training ground, the next generation of Rhinos players started their pre season training schedules, all under the watchful eyes of the club’s Academy coaches and support staff.

The start of pre season brings a new experience for a number of players. 19 players have signed for the club’s Scholarship and at last Wednesday’s session, they got their first taste of the Rhinos’ player pathway. There were also ten players training with the Academy for the first time who got the chance to get to grips with the step up from the Under-16s.

2022 will see the Academy format revert back to the Under-18s and the reserves competitions, after both were shelved in 2020 and the Under-19s were reintroduced for 2021. Academy Head Coach Chev Walker will oversee both teams, who train together four days a week, while the Under-16s will continue to be coached by Mark Butterill and his staff.

Among the 25 players who returned to training was Jack Smith, Tobias Gibson and Joe Gibbons, who all concurred that they were happy to be back with the Rhinos and looking forward to the tough three months ahead.

“It’s been tough but obviously it’s good to get back around the lads,” Gibbons said. “It’s always good coming back in and seeing new faces. It’s been good, really tough, challenging so it’s what you want really!

“Last year was really tough for us. We didn’t get many games in, it was stop-start, so I’m just really looking forward to getting back into it, getting back to 100% and just ripping in with the boys.”

Smith added: “It’s been alright, it’s quite a difficult transition from the scholarship but overall it’s been good. The sessions have just mainly been fitness and ramping it up from scholarship. We’ve done skills as well but it’s just a lot harder and intense.

“Everyone has been really welcoming. Settling in has been quite easy and I’m hoping to bring a bit of size out wide. It’s good having Butts here too because if I feel like I need to talk to someone, I know you can turn to Chev but Butts has known us quite a bit longer so it’s easier to speak to him as well as the coaches.”

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Support the Rhinos Academy

In July 2020, Leeds Rhinos teamed up with new official Lottery partners, the National Youth & Community Development Association (NYCDA), which is a not for profit organisation committed to helping its partners raise funding for initiatives.

Money raised through the Leeds Rhinos draw will go back into the club’s Academy, to help develop and support the next generation of Rhinos on the player development pathway.

Fans can join Rhinos 4 Life for just £1 per week and will be entered into the NYCDA Weekly Draw for a chance to win £1000s in cash prizes every week, whilst also helping to generate funds that will support the future of the club at its young players.

Keep an eye out on the website and social media platforms for upcoming news and developments on this partnership including announcements on none cash prizes from Leeds Rhinos, as well as all other NYCDA partners.

The current prize fund has a £1000 Jackpot, additional prizes of £100, £50, £25 and 10 x £10.

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For any further enquiries, to find out how to get your business involved, the latest results and details on where proceeds go, then please get in touch using the email or phone details below:

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