Leeds Rugby Foundation Staff Profiles

Bob Bowman

Leeds Rugby Foundation Director of Operations

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Main Duties: Oversee Leeds Rugby Foundation operations and processes.

Most enjoyable aspect of role: Making a positive difference to the people that we work with. I am privileged to lead such a fantastic staff team. Their passion, enthusiasm and energy is a joy to witness. This has a huge impact on the people that they work with and so they truly do Change Lives Through Sport. As a lifelong Leeds fan I constantly remind myself how proud I am to work in such an amazing organisation with some truly inspirational people, be that players, coaches, administrators and our amazing groundsman!

Favourite sporting moment: As a fan it has to be the 2011 Grand Final. Proving the doubters wrong. Brian and Jimmies embrace after Zak's try. Kevin Sinfield's trophy acceptance speech. A wonderful atmosphere. Spine tingling stuff. As a participant it is taking part in the Jane Tomlinson challenge with her husband Mike in April 2012. Paris Marathon, followed by cycling 600 miles over 6 days, finished off with the London Marathon on day 8, how else would you want to spend a week!!!

Rugby Union

Adam Blades

Adam Blades

Leeds Carnegie Community Manager

Main duties: To deliver the key rugby development programmes within Yorkshire for the Leeds Rugby Foundation. This entails working with primary and secondary schools and rugby clubs around Yorkshire along with running rugby camps within the school holidays. Another main aim is to promote the Leeds Rugby Foundation with the work it does within the Yorkshire community and also promote Leeds Carnegie as a club and to market their games and activities.

Most enjoyable aspect of my role: The opportunity to work with aspiring rugby players, helping them improve their overall rugby game and become better players. Also the opportunity to work with children who may not have the opportunity to experience the game of rugby if it wasn't for the day to day work the Foundation does. One of the main reasons as to why I still do this particular job is the enjoyment that I get from seeing children improving their skills and being able to have a fun, enjoyable time in a safe environment.

Favourite sporting moment: Definitely England beating Australia to win the 2003 World Cup.

Email: adam.blades@leedsrugbyfoundation.org

Rugby League Development Team

Leon Crick

Leon Crick

Rugby League Development Manager

Main duties: Overseeing our new 3 year development plan and all the projects within it. It's a really exciting time for the sport in Leeds and as a Foundation we are putting more resource than ever before into schools coaching and have an exciting new program aimed at KeyStage 1 to inspire a new generation of Rugby League players. The other side to my role is supporting the amateur clubs who can then provide the school children a long term environment for them to continue in the sport. We also run projects so that everyone can take part in rugby league, touch rugby, masters, women and girls and wheelchair rugby league!

Most enjoyable aspect of my role: Working with the people involved with the amateur clubs, without their hard work and dedication, our sport would be lost.

Favourite sporting moment: That's a tough one, on a personal level winning my only ever cup final at under 12's! As a supporter, Batley Bulldogs winning the Northern Rail cup in Blackpool in 2010, a tremendous effort and brilliant atmosphere behind the sticks with the Batley fans.

Jonny Wainhouse

Jonny Wainhouse

Leeds Rhinos Community Development Officer

Main duties: Managing the Leeds Rhinos Community Department

Most enjoyable aspect of my role: Inspiring the younger generation to engage in Rugby League. It's extremely humbling to see children understand the benefits of playing Rugby League, from the disciplines and direction the sport can give you, to keeping fit, having fun and socialising with their friends.

Favourite Sporting Moment: As a youngster it was always a dream for me to play for Leeds Rhinos and having the honour to do this via our Academy systems is a proud moment for me. 2004 was a special season for me as my fellow players voted me as the Academy player of the year which is a memory that will always stay with me.

Sam Horner

Sam Horner

Leeds Rhinos Community Clubs Development Officer

Main duties: Working with the Community Clubs in Leeds to develop Rugby League in the City. Managing the Club Ambassador Scheme and working to deliver the strategic plan for Rugby League development in Leeds.

Most enjoyable aspect of my role: People, I love engaging with people of all ages. From the indoor league junior touch programmes, half-time teams who play at Headingley. Tuesday Touch for youth and adult to the Celebration of Rugby League Dinner and of course over 35s Masters Rugby League. Yes it's about creating fun and spreading the game of Rugby League for me, top of the list 'Making a difference to people's lives'.

Favourite Sporting Moment: Well there are many but the joy of seeing my son play for his local team and my daughter compete in her first cheerleading competition have got to be up there. The Grand finals are a great spectacle but seeing my first Challenge cup final in 1977 Leeds v St Helens was brilliant. My personal moment was playing in front of a full house at Headingley for Leeds & District against Hunslet and all the games of Rugby League I played at all levels.

Keith Senior

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Leeds Rhinos Community Development Officer

Main duties: Coaching Universities and schools, presenting at schools to raise awareness of playing sport and the benefits it provides. As well as supporting the charity in delivering projects and fundraising to help deliver all the projects that we run.

Most enjoyable aspect of my role: Giving something back to the community after having such a fantastic career in Rugby League.

Favourite sporting moment: 4 Grand Final wins, 2 World Club Challenge wins, 1 Challenge Cup win, 43 international caps playing over 500 career games.There is just a few for you…

Danny Edmondson

Danny Edmondson

Leeds Rhinos High School Development Officer

Main duties: Responsible for all the High School Rugby League across the city. Developing the game in new schools, organising the emerging 9's and Champion schools qualifiers and coaching selected schools through the champion schools competitions with the aim to achieving Leeds first Champion School.

Most enjoyable aspect of my role: The most enjoyable aspect of my job is the fact that I spend all day running around a field coaching sport, not stuck behind a desk pencil pushing. I also really enjoy how diverse the role is. No two days are the same, one minute I'll be watching a game with talent ID, the next I'll be organising a skills camp and the next I'll be introducing an entirely new group of young people to rugby league.

Favourite sporting moment: My favourite sporting moment has to be scoring a try in the BUCS finals at Headingley Carnegie Stadium live on television whilst playing for Leeds Met.

Tony Aubery

Tony Aubery

Leeds Rhinos Primary Schools Development Officer

Main duties: Deliver coaching sessions and assemblies to Leeds Primary Schools.
My role is to plan, negotiate and deliver the programme we work with the whole school on a theme such as teamwork "Creating a Winning Team" or "Healthy Lifestyles". I'm also responsible for the planning and delivery of a Touch Rugby programme for 14+ age groups.

Most enjoyable aspect of my role: No two days are ever the same. I am at different schools everyday teaching children of different needs how to play our great game to many children who have never played before. I also really enjoy meeting people from all different backgrounds and from different walks of life.

Favourite sporting moment: My proudest and most memorable has to be playing in four Memorial Trophy matches for Birstall Victoria and Drighlington ARLFC in memory of a lifelong and best friend, Andrew Dyson who passed away in 2008. The memorial game celebrates his life and pays its respects through Rugby League.

Adam Lunn

Adam Lunn

Community Development Support Officer

Main duties: Primary and High School rugby league development which includes running and delivering afterschool rugby league and multi-sport clubs, delivering tailored rugby league coaching blocks, assemblies and Ronnie the Rhino parties at weekends. Also as part of my role I work with the Princes Trust and Breeze Project to deliver the Rugby League Leaders Award.

Most enjoyable aspect of my role: Seeing children being fully engaged in activities and working alongside other like-minded professionals.

Favourite sporting moment: Watching the Rhinos beat Canterbury Bulldogs in the 2005 World Club Challenge as a ball boy from the touchline.

Madeleine Hegarty

Schools Administrator

Main Duties: Liaising with primary schools to organise coaching sessions and assemblies and collating data from all our projects in the community to provide evidence for funding applications.

Most enjoyable aspect of my role: Working with a wide variety of people with one thing in common - a love of rugby league

Favourite sporting moment: Personally - in 2006 (my last year in teaching) when my school rugby league teams won all 3 primary school trophies available. As a supporter - a tough one; either 2008 when the Rhinos won the Grand Final on my birthday or 2009 when they made it 3 in a row!

Russell Parker

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Leeds Rhinos Schools, FE & HE Ambassador Manager

Main dutiesManaging the Leeds Rhinos School Ambassador scheme and providing a day to day liaison with schools, FE and HE partners. The programme is a way for education to further engage with the Rhinos in a wide and varied capacity utilizing unique opportunities, activities and even part of the Rhinos match day programme.

Most enjoyable aspect of my role: Helping young people in the City to be part of the Rhinos family.

Favourite sporting moment: Representing Leeds City School Boys at Wembley Stadium!

Barry Eaton

Barry Eaton

Head Coach at Hunslet Hawks and South Leeds Development Manager

Main duties: Working alongside the team delivering rugby and increasing participation at all age groups for the new 3 year development plan. The partnership of Hunslet Hawks and Leeds Rhinos will greatly benefit Rugby at grassroots and the Community with a specific target of engaging with Key Stage 1 pupils and talent identification at Key Stage 2 in preparation for High School Key Stage 3 participation as we look to create more players of all standards from social players through to elite players that have a chance of forging a career in Rugby League. The 3 year plan will lay foundations to make Leeds the strongest Rugby league provider in the country.

Most enjoyable aspect of my role: Engaging with children and seeing them progress from their first introduction to Rugby League to becoming regular participants in the game.

Favourite sporting moment: Winning the Northern Ford Premiership Grand Final with Dewsbury and playing for Wales versus New Zealand at the Millennium Stadium.

Lois Forsell

Lois Forsell

Girls Rugby League Development Officer

Main Duties: Planning and delivering coaching sessions for girls in the city.

Most enjoyable aspect of my role: Encouraging young children to get involved in Rugby League by delivering fun coaching sessions which shows them the excitement and quality that Rugby League has to offer! Seeing children participating in Rugby League at any capacity whether it is in school or at club having fun and reaping the massive benefits Rugby League holds.

Favourite sporting moment: This is a hard one to chose as I have some many but it has to be touring New Zealand in 2009 with England Women playing against the New Zealand Kiwi Ferns and experiencing how Rugby League is over in New Zealand from watching the Haka to seeing how big RL is over there.


Nicola Booth

Dance Consultant

Main duties: Founder and head coach of Rhinestones the Leeds Rhinos Junior Dance Academy. Captain and choreographer for the Leeds Rhinos Spencer Properties Dance

Most enjoyable aspect of my role: Sharing my passion and love for dance with young people.

Favourite sporting moment: Has to be the 2012 Grand Final, immense!


Nigel Wood

Nigel Wood

Education Programme Manager

Main Duties: Managing the Big Lottery Family Focus based at the Learning Centre at Headingley Carnegie Stadium which supports pupils, young people, parents and volunteers in a menu of after school projects. The Project Tutors and myself will help develop and plan a wide-ranging curriculum to suit the many learners who access the Centre. A key part of my role is attracting young people to the Foundation's Learning Centre and making our projects accessible to those in most need. Promoting the positive aspects in terms of healthy lifestyle, being active and raising aspiration and achievement in all.

Most enjoyable aspect of my role: So many! I enjoy working with a team of people who are highly motivated and passionate about their work within the Foundation, but most satisfaction is gained from supporting and enabling the achievement of pupils and young people who previously felt they had little to offer.

Favourite sporting moment I've witnessed: I have had many special moments following 'Leeds' over the years, but the best has to be when Leeds United gained promotion from League 1 to the Championship by beating Bristol Rovers 2-1 on the 8th May 2010. When the final whistle went it felt like the stadium lifted ten feet off the ground!

Janet Sylvester

Janet Sylvester

Family Project Tutor at TryZone

Main Duties: The aim of the project is to engage children, young people and their families with opportunities to work alongside positive role models, including staff from the Leeds Rugby Foundation Team, guest speakers and first-team players. We have created a fun learning environment where we are able to provide a varied programme to enable us to offer new experiences promoting fun and healthy living through different sports based activities (rugby, kick boxing, yoga, and dance), whilst also focusing on building confidence, boosting self-esteem, avoiding risk taking, encouraging children to mix with young people from other schools and teaching the importance of teamwork. The great thing about the project is we will be able to support many children, young people and their families with being able to work with a wide range of areas around Leeds.

Most enjoyable aspect of my role: Having the opportunity to be part of a brand new project with a blank canvas, to be able to plan a wide variety of exciting activities and new opportunities for the young people and also their families. It is so rewarding watching them thrive through engaging, not only in sport, but also emotionally and creatively to make improved life choices.

Favourite sporting moment I've witnessed: Winning my one and only Tiddly Winks competition trophy and winning the mum's sack race at sports day! My best real sporting moment has to be the 2012 Grand Final.

Kathryn Bizley

Kathryn Bizley

Family Project Tutor at TryZone

Main Duties: I work with Nigel and Janet on exciting projects with young people and their families from in and around the Leeds area. We are focussing on building confidence, boosting self-esteem, avoiding risk taking, promoting fun and healthy living through different sports. This will hopefully encourage children to mix with young people from other schools and teaching the importance of teamwork.

Most enjoyable aspect of my role: I love planning exciting activities for the young people and both working with and getting to know a variety of young people and their families.

Favourite sporting moment I've witnessed: Beating a 6 foot tall male opponent to score a try when playing tag rugby on a training course in my beloved home town of Halifax!

Jaci Hawkins

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Adult Learning Officer at TryZone

Main Duties: Designing and delivering a range of courses and activities which will meet the needs of adult learners and families accessing the centre. This role has been introduced to expand and compliment the excellent work being done by the TryZone team with younger people in and around the Leeds area.

Most enjoyable aspect of my role: Working alongside people who are passionate about achieving their mission of "Changing Lives Through Sport".

Favourite sporting moment: Seeing Nick Skelton pick up his team show jumping gold medal in the 2012 London Olympic Games. Nick broke his neck in 2000 after being thrown from his horse and was forced to retire from show jumping. But in true fairytale style he made a miraculous recovery, returned to show jumping and fulfilled his lifelong dream of winning a gold medal in the Olympics.



Davide Longo

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Partnership Manager

Main Duties: To build relationships with community businesses in Leeds and the wider region within LRF's three sectors of Sport, Health and Education. I also manage the fundraising strategy for Leeds Rugby Foundation.

Most enjoyable aspect of my role: Establishing new partnerships and working with people who are passionate about making a difference.

Favourite sporting moment: Representing Great Britain Academy as a player vs France in 1994 in which we won both games. From a supporter perspective and being a passionate Italian football fan it has to be watching Italy win the World Cup in 2006.

Sue Clifford

Sue Clifford

Foundation Volunteer

Main duties: I give a few hours a week and play a supportive role to the Foundation Staff this may involve admin duties or helping to put an event together. I am currently organising fundraising activities for 2013 including bag packing at local supermarkets and bucket collections on match days and also the recruitment and co-ordination of volunteers to allow us to do this.

Most enjoyable aspect of my role: Being a part of the Foundation team and seeing the good work they do. Also to have been around for the launch of the 3 Year Development Plan.

Favourite sporting moment: Very much a supporter of sport from the sidelines or the sofa!! My favourite sporting moment is also showing my age!! It's John Holmes' drop goal in the 1978 Challenge Cup final against St Helens. The atmosphere at Wembley was amazing with many wonderful memories made that day.


Jamie Allen

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Communications Manager

Main Duties: I produce online and digital content for the Leeds Rugby Foundation's website. I produce video content that highlights the enjoyment of the kids whilst also interviewing Leeds Rhinos and Leeds Carnegie first team players who support the work we do. I control our Social Media pages, Twitter and Facebook and I provide content for both Leeds Rhinos and Leeds Carnegie's websites and Matchday Programmes. I also produce relevant marketing material when appropriate and I am the general point of contact for Foundation enquiries.

Most enjoyable aspect of my role:

I love attending many of the great events that the Foundation run and producing video content, including interviewing both the Rhinos and Carnegie players that attend along with the kids. It is so rewarding to not only see first-hand the fantastic work the Leeds Rugby Foundation Development Officers do on a day-to-day basis, but to report on the charitable work that is done every single day.

Favourite sporting moment I've witnessed:

Personally I was proud to be a part of the Lancashire badminton squad. As an avid sports supporter, to see Andy Murray lift a tennis grand-slam was a joy to behold. Also, having lived in Manchester for the majority of my life, Manchester United's famous 1999 Champions League Final comeback which secured the treble always sticks in my mind! Oh and how could I forget Ryan Giggs's winning F.A. Cup Semi-Final goal against Arsenal. As you can see, the list is endless....

Email: jamie.allen@leedsrugbyfoundation.org

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