Leeds Rhinos Foundation join Leeds Sports Connect pathway partnership

Leeds Rhinos Foundation is delighted to become a founding partner of Leeds Sport Connect- a brand new city-wide initiative run by leading sports providers and world-class brands from across the city in partnership with Leeds City College and Leeds Sixth Form College.

Leeds Sports Connect is a different kind of sports academy for young people aged between 16 and 19. It will train students towards a career in professional sport by providing them with access to cutting-edge facilities and elite coaching, without sacrificing an outstanding education.

With Leeds Rhinos Foundation, students will continue their development in Rugby League or Netball whilst studying at Leeds City College or Leeds Sixth Form College. Courses are built around training schedules and students will be learning key skills that help them develop both on and off the pitch. 

Who are we?

We are a group of industry-leading sports and education providers who believe in a sports academy that offers quality education and quality training – where students don’t have to choose one over the other. Our students train in a relaxed and supportive atmosphere with flexible timetables, world-class facilities, and coaching from some of the best in the business. A wide choice of career destinations both academically and within each sports specialism also means that the sky really is the limit for our students.

Leeds Sports Connect Partners and Academies:

  • Leeds Rhinos Foundation Men’s & Women’s Rugby League Development Academy, Women’s Netball
  • Ultimate Football Coaching Academy – Men’s Football
  • Leeds United Foundation – Women’s Football
  • Hunslet Club – Men’s & Women’s Boxing
  • Let’s Do More – Men’s & Women’s Basketball
  • Leeds City College – Vocational college courses in Sports and Applied Science
  • Leeds Sixth Form College – A Levels


Come find out about Leeds Sports Connect offers and how we can support you on your path to professional sport. Learn more about our partnerships with leading Sports Academies and Education providers- including our Leeds Rhinos Men’s/Women’s Rugby League Development Academy and new Rhinos Netball Development Academy, which are run in partnership with Leeds City College.

Click HERE to book your place for the Leeds Sports Connect launch event.

Why should you come?

Passionate about your sport? Hear from some of the leading sports providers in the region on where they can take your sporting ambitions, their personalised coaching plans and the opportunity to compete nationally in world-beating facilities. Discover more about college life and let us guide you in making an informed choice of what to study to get you where you want to be. Find out you don’t have to compromise your sporting ambitions and your education when you train with Leeds Sports Connect.

How do I apply for Leeds Sports Connect?

We’ll be taking applications for both college and the Development Academies on the night. You can also apply via leedscitycollege.ac.uk, leedssixthform.ac.uk or leedssportsconnect.co.uk.

Parking and getting to the venue – Headingley Stadium

Emerald Suite, Headingley Stadium, Saint Michael’s Lane, Headingley, LS6 3BR

Please see information regarding travelling to the venue here: https://www.therhinos.co.uk/emerald-headingley/directions-and-car-parking/

As this event isn’t taking place on a matchday, Car Park E will be open for guests with free parking available.


We will be taking photographs to use for marketing purposes throughout the event. Please speak to a member of staff upon your arrival if you do not give photo consent.

For more information about Leeds Sports Connect and to sign up for the Launch Event at Headingley Stadium on Tuesday 30th November, please visit leedssportsconnect.co.uk.

To learn more about our Leeds Rhinos Rugby League and Netball Development Academies, email gareth.cook@leedsrhinosfoundation.org