Workshops continue for Foundation’s new nutrition project

The second workshop as part of Leeds Rhinos Foundation’s new 10 Steps to Good Nutrition Project was delivered to Nutrition Champions from several of the charity’s Ambassador clubs at Emerald Headingley Stadium.

The session focused on explaining the educational aspects of the project and upskilling the Nutrition Champions in attendance, who were representing community clubs including Guiseley Rangers, Milford, Kippax, Oulton Raiders, Shaw Cross Sharks and Birkenshaw Bluedogs.

Lucy Chesson, Nutritionist for Leeds Rhinos Academy, also spoke to the group to provide an insight into the elite players’ hydration and nutrition training programmes.

This built on the information provided in the first workshop, which provided a comprehensive overview of the 10 Steps to Good Nutrition project and its key strategies- delivered by Laura Buckle, Health Officer at Leeds Rhinos Foundation, and Emma Strachan from Leeds Public Health, with added contributions from Community Club Development Officers Sam Horner and Helen Schofield.

Buckle has recently visited community clubs to give an insight into the day-to-day delivery of how clubs can prepare and serve their food and drink. Filming has also taken place as part of the project’s rollout, including interviews with Leeds Rhinos first team players on the importance of good nutrition and messages of support for community clubs enrolling on the programme.

“It is only the beginning of what we hope will be a sustainable programme with long-term impacts, but the community club members are already becoming a very constructive group who are keen to promote our 10 Steps to Good Nutrition,” said Buckle.

“The programme, as a whole, is aimed at educating and upskilling the community club’s Nutrition Champions so they can then share the information they receive throughout their club and raise standards right across our game.”

Horner addded, “The interest from clubs towards this programme is growing and with the support of Leeds Public Health, we can spread important nutrition messages to all our Ambassador clubs”.

“We’ve enjoyed a great start to the project, and we are now looking forward to the third and final workshop, where we will provide participants with their own toolkits to help them begin to integrate the key messages and knowledge that we’re sharing within their own clubs.”

“This programme will continue its growth and will be very much part of Leeds Rhinos Foundation’s directive. Look out for the official launch of the project in the near future.”

For more information on the 10 Steps to Good Nutrition project, and to learn how to get your community club involved, contact