By Jess Wong
Young people in Outer West Leeds are benefiting from an innovative scheme promoting physical activity and well-being.
The Leeds Rhinos Multi-Sport Camps, supported by the Leeds City Council’s Outer West Community Committee, have been a success in engaging children aged between seven and 14 in a range of sports activities while fostering a positive environment for personal growth.
Thanks to a £6,000 grant, the camps have offered children different types of sports, including football, dodgeball, netball, tag rugby, and much more.
They provide up to 80 children per session who also get the chance to meet the players of the Leeds Rhinos first-team squad and mascot Ronnie the Rhino.
One of the recent camps, held at Farsley Farfield School, was attended by Councillor Amanda Carter (Cons, Calverley & Farsley), who is chair of the Outer West Community Committee. She presented awards to young people.
Cllr Carter said: “This programme is a brilliant initiative from Leeds Rhinos and I’m pleased that the Community Committee could agree funding to support it.
“This project is a brilliant initiative from Leeds Rhinos, and I’m pleased that the community committee could agree on funding to support it. It’s vital that we encourage young people to develop healthy habits like keeping fit and active, and these camps teach valuable skills while allowing children to have fun in a safe and supportive environment.
“I hope the programme will continue to go from strength to strength in future years, offering a great way for young people in our area to have fun, keep fit, and stay active—in the company of Ronnie and the Rhinos.”
The Leeds Rhinos Multi-Sport Camps have successfully fostered a supportive environment for young people where they can develop their physical abilities, make new friends and gain confidence.
The outer west community committee is made up of nine councillors from Calverley & Farsley, Farnley & Wortley, and Pudsey wards.