Here is some of the feedback we have received about the Leeds Rhinos Development Academy with Leeds City College and how it has supported their development on and off the rugby field:

Ryan was a former player and leadership member of the Leeds City College Rugby League programme for 3 years and saw the transition from a basic College enrichment team to fully fledged Development Academy first-hand.

“To see how the whole Rugby programme has grown and developed is unbelievable to be honest. Raza Siddique was an important guy in keeping rugby league alive at the college for many years.

Before he left his role, he got Dan Hardy in and together they started to build something really good. I loved my time with the college, and it gave me the confidence to pursue a future at university where I study Sports Coaching at Leeds Beckett University.

This year I have been given another opportunity to be involved through the relationships the college has and am now a member of the support coaching staff as part of my Uni placement. The experience of working at the other side of this is great and one I believe will help me in my career moving forward”.

- Ryan Taylor - Studied: Btec Level 3 in Sports Coaching, Fitness and Development

James enjoyed two successful years with the Rugby Academy and has gone from strength to strength thereafter, quite literally!

Currently well into his Masters in Strength & Conditioning at Leeds Becket, James decided to take up an opportunity through the university to become an integral part of the Development Academy Staff. He joined in September as our Strength & Conditioning Intern where he supports and leads on the development strategy outlined by the Academy’s senior Strength & Conditioner, Dan Spiers.

- James Sedgwick – Studied: Btec Level 3 in Sports Coaching, Fitness and Development

Leo is one of our current Development Academy players and another one of our international students enjoying the many benefits of the programme.

Originally from Florida, USA, Leo has a background in American Football and wanted to join the Rugby programme to test himself, meet new people and become part of the team alongside his A-Level studies.

He has progressed very well and is an absolute credit to the programme. He is consistently the benchmark player when it comes to the strength and conditioning aspect of the programme particularly, during the Firehouse Gym sessions.

- Leo Registre – Studying: A-Levels

Fritsam came to us as one of the international students that attend college. He had a very distinguished background in track athletics and showed a real desire to test his skills in a new sporting environment.

Being a former Commonwealth-level sprinter for The Turks and Caicos, he was an instant success and enjoyed three successful years with the Rugby League Academy whilst studying a Sport Btec to eventually become a personal trainer.

- Fritsam Morrency – Studied: Btec Level 3 Sport

Adam is a former member of our leadership team for the Development Academy. He enjoyed two years with us whilst studying at College.

Adam decided against going to university and opted to enter the world of work instead. It came as no surprise to us that within a year Adam had progressed though the internal hierarchy at his place of work and was promoted to management level extremely quickly.

A high work ethic, desire to succeed and the ability to be a very effective team player and natural leader were all qualities that he displayed and honed at his time with us at the Academy.

• Adam Butterill – Studied: Btec Level 3 in Sports Coaching and Teaching


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