As part of Leeds Rhinos Foundation's Rugby League Development Plan, sponsored by MEARS, the charity have been working with each of the city's community clubs on a new 'Respect' campaign which promotes a positive touchline line behaviour.
The Respect campaign, which is supported by Child Friendly Leeds, is a response to concerns from across the game about unacceptable touchline behaviour in rugby league and it aims to improve the conduct of those involved in the game to create a more positive place for children to play.
As part of the campaign each Leeds community club received signage which will be displayed around their grounds asking for spectators to be respectful to those playing the game and to set a good example.
Leon Crick, who manages Leeds Rhinos Foundation's Rugby League Development Plan, said: "As one of the basic principles of our development plan is to nurture new players it is recognised that for this to be successful they need to learn and play in an environment that is not intimidating or hostile.
"As part of the respect campaign we are working with community clubs to help foster a healthy atmosphere for children to enjoy the game, with a focus on positive touchline etiquette from everyone involved including players, coaches and spectators. We have been really please with the support from the community game, with all clubs agreeing to display the signs."