Yorkshire Carnegie are working alongside the RFU to offer support to one of Leeds’ newest Rugby Union sides, The Leeds Hunters RUFC, who are Yorkshire’s first dedicated inclusive rugby club.

The Hunters were launched at the end of 2016, as part of an initiative between the RFU and Leeds City Council. The concept of the team is to offer the opportunity to players of all abilities and backgrounds to play the sport in a safe, supportive and friendly environment, whatever their sexual orientation.

Yorkshire Carnegie first team players Alex Davies and Ben West attended the team’s training session on Wednesday evening as the club was welcomed into Yorkshire Carnegie’s network of affiliated clubs.

Sam Kerry, Community Rugby Development Coach for Yorkshire Carnegie said: “We are delighted to welcome Leeds Hunters into our family of affiliated clubs. For a Club that is still relatively new, to have over 50 members, attracting both new and returning players to the game, just shows the fantastic work they are doing. We look forward to working with them for the rest of the season, as well as seasons to come.”

As part of affiliation, Yorkshire Carnegie have pledged to support the club through offering monthly coaching sessions led by the community team along with supporting the coaches through coach mentoring.

Tony Aimson, Leeds Hunters Chairman, said: “For a team who have recently celebrated their first anniversary, we are extremely honored to be affiliated with Yorkshire Carnegie, having their support along with experience and assistance with training will be a vast benefit to our players and coaching team.  We are looking forward to a long relationship with Yorkshire Carnegie.”

If you want to join The Leeds Hunters, training details below:

Leodiensians RUFC,
Crag Lane,
LS17 5PR

Wednesdays 7pm – 8:30pm
Saturdays 10am – 11:30am.

For more information on Leeds Hunters visit https://theleedshunters.co.uk/