Leeds Rhinos hope that their achievement in winning the treble in 2015 will help inspire thousands of school children across Leeds through a new charity partnership between Leeds Rhinos Foundation, Caddick Construction and Cover Structure Limited.
The Leeds Rhinos Foundation, with the support of Caddick Construction and Cover Structure Limited, will visit 48 partner schools around Leeds in 2016 to deliver a Leeds Rhinos themed day.
The ‘Rhinos Takeover Day’ will involve schools getting a blue and amber makeover, and visits from Leeds Rhino rugby players and Ronnie the Rhino.
Children will also take part in multi-skills and tag rugby coaching sessions and enjoy an assembly focusing on the Leeds side that secured the Challenge Cup, the League Leaders’ Shield and the Super League title in 2015.
Every child, and a parent, will be offered a match day ticket at a reduced price and invited to take part in a half-time pitch parade in front of thousands of fans at Headingley Carnegie Stadium.
Foundation Manager Davide Longo said: “I am delighted to welcome Caddick Construction and Cover Structure on board as new, key partners of our charity. With their support, our ambition is to ensure that the incredible success of the Leeds Rhinos team over the last decade has a lasting legacy in schools.
“Many of the Rhinos players have grown up and attended schools in the city and they are great role models for the children; we hope their story will help inspire a new generation of players and supporters.
“We aim to make the ‘Rhinos Takeover Day’ a memorable experience. Caddick Construction and Cover Structure Limited’s backing allows us to offer over 20,000 children a reduced match-day ticket so they can continue their engagement with the team by seeing their Rhinos heroes in action, and playing their own role in the match day experience.”
Andrew Murray, Managing Director at Caddick Construction, added: “We’re thrilled to be involved with the Leeds Rhinos Foundation charity and its Rhinos Takeover Days. Sport can bring communities together and it’s a really great opportunity to bring rugby to the hearts of our younger generation.”
Gavin Quinlan, managing director of Cover Structure, said: “It is an enormous pleasure to be working in partnership with Caddick Construction in supporting the Leeds Rhinos Foundation. The team is a tremendous source of inspiration to the local community and Cover Structure look forward to being a part of such an important project.”