The Yorkshire Carnegie Community team have had a very successful season with over 4,000 people attending Yorkshire Carnegie matches through the community initiatives. We would like to thank all of the schools, clubs and other groups who have attended this year in particular the teachers and volunteers who invest their time and energy in planning their group trips.

Programmes away from matchday have also gone from strength the strength including the Play Leaders and Rugby Readers schemes. The Premiership Rugby programme, which has been supported by Seb Stegmann, is almost at the end of its first phase and has been a resounding success with over 100 girls taking part. Hopefully this will see the creation of a new U15s team at West Leeds RUFC within the next few months.

“We had the aim to increase participation amongst girls and to transition them into their local club, so to see the formation of a brand new team is incredible. It will be a special day when the new team play their first match.” said Yorkshire Carnegie’s Community Manager Lisa McCann.

“Thanks must go to our players, both first team and senior academy who have assisted with our programmes throughout the season, they really do make a difference. Thanks must also go to Bryan Redpath, Jon Pendlebury and Ben Lazenby for their continued support of our work.”