Leeds Rhinos Foundation

Leeds Rhinos Foundation

Changing Lives Through Sport

Community Clubs

Community ClubsWe recognise the massive role that local clubs have played in the success of the Leeds Rhinos team, with many of the current squad made up of players who have come through their systems as young players and we understand the need to give back to those clubs who are vital to the future of our sport.

First team players such as Liam Sutcliffe, Stevie Ward, Carl Ablett, Danny McGuire and Jamie Jones-Buchanan all started playing with their local amateur clubs in Leeds and have gone on to be part of the most successful team in the club's history. The Leeds Rhinos Foundation are committed to supporting our local clubs so that the next generation of players has the best opportunity to shine.

Club Ambassadors Scheme

Leeds Rhinos Foundation work hard to support local Community Clubs and Rugby League at grass roots level. Through this commitment we have developed strong links with the city's Community Clubs who are now part of our Club Ambassador Scheme.

Through this Scheme we are able to offer the clubs a variety of initiatives such Rhinos' player visits, fund raising opportunities, a full benefits package, invites to the Celebration of Rugby League Dinner, invitation to the Club Ambassadors Festival of Rugby League and the Coach Education Project, led by Rhinos coach Brian McDermott.

To learn more about the Club Ambassador Scheme please click here or contact sam.horner@leedsrhinosfoundation.org

Half time teams

As a reward for their hard work during the year each season we offer junior community clubs the chance to play on the same pitch as their Rhinos heroes. As part of the half time entertainment junior teams from our Ambassador Clubs are given an unforgettable experience of competing on the pitch in front of thousands of fans.

For further information on getting your team to take part in the half time games contact sam.horner@leedsrhinosfoundation.org

Coach Education

Leeds Rhinos Foundation support Brian McDermott's all year round coach education programme providing community coaches with current and professional coaching information, techniques and an opportunities to share best practice. These workshops cater for coaches working with all age groups and abilities, from juniors, open age and right through to the elite level.

Brian McDermott is a big believer in coach education for the community game and 2017 will be his 6th year of support. Brian will work alongside staff such as Barry Eaton, Jason Davidson, Ian Kirke as well as guest deliverers from Leeds Rhinos first team squad.

For more information please contact sam.horner@leedsrhinosfoundation.org

Score to Explore programme

The Score To Explore programme, supported by Geoff and Gill Caplan is an annual residential camp which gives young people from community clubs the chance to spend night's away from home trying new activities. The programme now in its 7th year has helped develop and inspire groups of up to 40 children each year at different residential camps across Great Britain.

The participants get involved in kayaking, rock climbing, bouldering, high ropes, caving, abseling and team building exercises, The opportunity gives the teenagers the chance to try something new, make new friends, grow in confidence and be proud of their achievements.

For more information please contact sam.horner@leedsrhinosfoundation.org

Indoor Junior Touch Rugby

This programme is for Under-7s to Under-11s and involves indoor festivals being held off season in the Winter months where players can use their skills and thrive in a safe and cohesive environment.

Teams from Community Clubs enjoy the freedom to show off their talents and their coaches are very supportive of the festival format, which allows players of all abilities the chance to take part.

The Leeds Rhinos Foundation run 10 festivals each year for the Under-7s to Under-11s age groups at Leeds Sports Centre, 1 Benyon Park Way, Leeds LS12 6DP.

For more information contact sam.horner@leedsrhinosfoundation.org

The Dick Gibson Ambassador Festival of Rugby League

The Club Ambassadors Festival of Rugby League supported by the family of the Bramley Rugby League Legend Dick Gibson is now in its 5th year.

The idea behind the Ambassador Festival is to bring together all club ambassadors to create a festival of Rugby League for the good of cohesive community and to celebrate junior Rugby League in the City.

Monies raised on the day goes back to the Community Clubs.

For more information contact sam.horner@leedsrhinosfoundation.org

The Celebration of Rugby League Dinner

Now in its 8th year this dinner is an excellent way to unite all constituents of the Leeds Rugby League family to share and celebrate our achievements together. The evening is a great way to make new relationships as well as catching up with old friends from across the sport. The Leeds Rugby League Heritage Group organise a display of Rugby League history.

The evening will include the following Presentations and Entertainment:

  • A Q&A session with Brian McDermott and first team players.
  • Attendance of stars from the past.
  • Presentation of the Leeds Rhinos Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award.
  • Recognition of the City's achievements from all organisations within Rugby League.
  • The John Holmes' Memorial Award.

For more information please contact sam.horner@leedsrhinosfoundation.org

Find your local Rugby League Club

If you would like to get involved in Rugby League, either playing or coaching, visit the RFL's site to find the club closest to you by clicking here.

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