Yorkshire Carnegie have strengthened their player development pathway with the appointment of Ben Lazenby as the club’s new Academy Programme Manager.

Keighley-born Lazenby will work under Yorkshire Carnegie Academy Director Andy Rock and joins the club having established a strong reputation for player development during his eight years at Warrington Wolves Rugby League club.

Twenty-five youth players progressed to full time contracts during his time at the Wolves which is testament to his hard work and efforts. His new role will involve strategic leadership and management of player and coach development programmes within Yorkshire, aligned to the Yorkshire Carnegie Regional Academy. The role also involves responsibility to work in partnership with the Yorkshire RFU to manage development activity across the county and within the Regional Academy for age-group programmes.
 
Commenting on the appointment, Andy Rock said, “This is a hugely important appointment for our development strategy across the county and it was vital that we attracted someone of the right calibre to fulfil this crucial role within our organisation. The appointment of Ben Lazenby will allow us to take a real step forward across the county in terms of what we are able to offer coaches and players at all levels. His initial focus will be on the player development pathway using our satellite academy programme across Yorkshire to identify and develop the best young talent within Yorkshire. I am delighted to have brought Ben into our Academy team as he will compliment the great people we already have in place and, I have no doubt, he will bring fresh ideas from his own personal experience in development.”
 
Ben Lazenby added, “As a proud Yorkshireman, I am delighted to have an exciting opportunity to work with Yorkshire Carnegie and help young players within the county realise their potential. Whilst my recent experience has been in Rugby League, I grew up with both codes of rugby, and I am keen to implement the pathways that allow young players to see a route through to the professional ranks. Ultimately, the Academy programme will be measured on how successful we are at bringing through quality players to the senior team and that is something that excites me. We have a fantastic opportunity here in Yorkshire with the talent pool that is available to us and, whilst the size of our region is undoubtedly a challenge for us, it is also a huge asset for the future success of Yorkshire Carnegie."