Annual residential programme returns this week for junior players

More than 50 junior players from Leeds Rhinos Foundation’s Ambassador community clubs will once again benefit from the charity’s Outdoor Adventure programme during October half-term, experiencing the three-day residential at local outdoor activity centre Herd Farm.

The programme, which is kindly sponsored by Gill and Geoff Caplan, sees clubs nominate players to attend who would benefit most from the experience, such as players with low self-esteem, those that could benefit from role modelling, players who wouldn’t otherwise get the chance to experience outdoor activities or simply as a reward for their efforts throughout the season.

Over the course of the three days spent at the centre, players get to experience a range of on-site activities, including archery, assault courses, a giant swing, zip wires and off-road cycling, as well as a night walk and camp fire activity led by staff from the Leeds Rhinos Foundation and Herd Farm Activity Centre.

Leeds Rhinos Foundation’s Community Clubs Development Officer Sam Horner said: “We have run this residential for community players for over eight years now with support from the Caplan family, providing a really valuable experience for young players from across the city.

“Clubs select players based on different criteria from players needing to build their confidence to rewarding players for their efforts over the season. With all players mixing and working together everybody gets plenty out of the experience and it has to proven to be one of our most popular programmes over the years!”

Long term supporter Geoff Caplan commented: “We are delighted to once again support Leeds Rhinos Foundation through the Outdoor Adventure programme, which enhances the lives of young rugby league players in the city through the great work of Sam Horner and his team.

“We have always been keen to support the core community values of the sport and especially the grassroots game in Leeds, and this programme has a proven track record in offering an outstanding personal development opportunity for all of the participants.”

For more information on the Outdoor Adventure programme, contact