The new academy programme will see Bishop Burton acting as the premier training hub in East Yorkshire for Leeds Rhinos Netball, helping to recruit talented athletes from across the region and improve their game play.
Jo Richardson, head coach at Bishop Burton College said; “Leeds Rhinos is an established name within elite sport so to work with them on the development of this new initiative is a fantastic opportunity, both for the college and the players.
“Over the last two years, we have worked closely with Elite Netball and England coach, Anna Carter, and the training team at Yorkshire Jets to create a high-performance programme and we look forward to building on those foundations with the new team at Leeds Rhinos Netball.”
Bishop Burton has forged an impressive reputation in netball, fast becoming the team to beat in Yorkshire. With many of its players on elite development programmes, including Great Britain honours, the academy programme model has worked well to develop and retain talent from the region; spanning grassroots through to elite standard.
The Bishop Burton academy hub will cater for all age ranges; from under 13s, through to under 17s. Academy players will train every Friday evening at Bishop Burton College and will complete intensive training camps during school holidays. The training centre will be used as a pathway to potential Superleague netball for the next generation of players.
Maggie Birkenshaw, former assistant coach at Yorkshire Jets, and now at Loughborough Lightening, said; “I am thrilled that Bishop Burton has been chosen as the East Yorkshire hub for the Leeds Rhinos Netball programme. With the backing of such a prestigious sporting brand, coupled with the fantastic work done by Jo and the team at Bishop Burton, I look forward to seeing the development of a successful and long-term approach to elite netball in the region.
“I will be working alongside the team at Bishop Burton and in partnership with Anna Carter, Leeds Rhinos Director of Netball, to forge a successful training centre, that we hope, will become the benchmark for all other academy programmes in the country.”