We are a high performance netball club founded in the 1970’s. The Club was awarded Gold CAPS status by England Netball, this is the highest level of achievement within the CAPS scheme.
Focus is placed on a club achieving a set of core criteria which ensure they operate to a consistently high standards.
Few clubs attain the gold accolade and we are extremely proud to have been recognised for our hard work and the opportunities we offer to both our players and volunteers alike.
The club has a team of highly experienced and dedicated coaches led by our Head Coach, Anna Carter. Anna was the founder and former Director of Netball at Leeds Rhinos Netball. She was also the Director of Netball at Yorkshire Jets and Loughborough Lightning and can certainly spot talent having had experience selecting for the England Roses Academy. She knows what it takes to be an international athlete from her own playing experience with the England Roses. Anna is closely supported by Maggie Birkinshaw, also former England Roses. Maggie is the current Assistant Coach at Leeds Rhinos Netball, and former Assistant Coach at both Yorkshire Jets and Loughborough Lightning. She too has vast experience and works closely with the England Roses selection team having herself earned many international caps. Between these two stalwarts of the club they can certainly be proud of the number of athletes they have developed to go on to play in our domestic Netball Super-League, Suncorp Super Netball League in Australia and for England Roses. We are also incredibly proud of their continuous work role-modelling and developing our team of coaches. Many of our coaches play or have had experience of playing in the Netball Super-League and Premier League and coaching at a high level including Premier League and NPL.
Behind the team of coaches is an extremely hard working group of volunteers led by Susie Stead. Susie is our Safeguarding Officer as well as a fantastic coach. These volunteers include Team Administrators (Admins) who contribute to the smooth running of the club and they support the Lead Coach on a variety of aspects such as squad availability, fixture lists, first aid, travel, kit, equipment, scoring and league requirements.
Leeds Athletic enter tournaments across the country at all age groups and regularly look to source friendly fixtures from teams outside the Yorkshire and Humberside area. The Club has toured Australia in 2017 and we hope to continue offering fantastic opportunities to our players in the future. The Club hold trials for U12 age group and older. These trials are usually held in June/July. Information to help you decide if we are the club for you is in our ‘essential information’.
We have high expectations of our athletes and they must be ambitious and hard working. We encourage them to take advantage of all the opportunities we provide to fulfil their potential and play at the highest possible level. We have Club members on the England Pathway , franchise pathways and county pathways. We also encourage our athletes to learn to umpire and coach which are both valuable and sought after skills.