Today, Leeds Rhinos Netball launched its Community Programme for the 2019/20 season commencing in September.

Rhinos’ ambitious programme includes multiple training opportunities over the course of the academic year for all ages of player, with current sessions being joined by a number of new ones at locations county-wide, increasing its u15/u13 Training Hubs from 6 to 14 – plus 4 brand-new Futures Hubs – and Minis classes for under 12s doubling from 6 to 12 classes with more in the pipeline. School holiday residential and day camps are also set to multiply to provide more young people with an active option over their breaks from school and support the many working families across Yorkshire.

The announcement comes as Rhinos delivers its final camp of the current season, their four-day annual Boot Camp at Woodhouse Grove School, which has received a record number of attendees this summer. Aimed at players bound for performance netball, the camp provides daily training sessions to over 60 athletes from across the country from Rhinos’ own performance coaching team plus very special guests, former England player and current Technical coach, Amanda Newton, plus England Roses and Loughborough Lightning mid-court player, Nat Panagarry.

Growth at Rhinos continues to be a key focus for Director of Netball, Anna Carter, who had this to say on the club’s plans:

“This year we are stepping things up again with a number of new venues across the region to accommodate even more players and offer netball to all ages and abilities. As well as more partnerships with venues we’re introducing our new Futures Hubs too, and more classes at existing venues to give those on our waitlists an opportunity to train.

“We’ve been absolutely floored by the number of enquiries into our sport, it’s phenomenal. Just over a year ago, we had the two training hubs in Leeds and the East Riding. Last season we created more hubs in Barnard Castle, Doncaster and Wakefield and this September, we’re opening more again in Morley, Halifax and York.

“The Minis classes are no different with two well-established venues in Leeds Becketts and Woodhouse Grove school which were so popular we’ve have had to create three separate classes for different age groups and abilities to accommodate children on waitlists. Doncaster and Wakefield’s classes continue to grow and we’re confident our new classes in Halifax this September and York in October will be just as popular.”

Leeds Rhinos Foundation Chief Operating Officer, Bob Bowman, added:

“We are so proud here at the Leeds Rhinos that the city, and region, are so well resourced with netball activity be that either the weekly classes or our holiday camps. The vision at the outset of Leeds Rhinos Netball was to increase opportunities and embed ourselves in the community, we are on the right track with even more growth and coverage planned. It’s great news!! So, if you are interested there is no excuse as to why you can’t pick up a ball in Yorkshire!! “

See the Community page for details of all Hubs, Futures Hubs and Minis classes this Autumn.