SPIRITS are high at West Leeds Rugby Club as they plan a summer of training ready for the new season.
Bosses at the club have appealed for new members after deciding to continue training during the off-season eight-week break.
A recent session saw players at the rugby union club receive some top tips from ex-England under 18s schools’ champion hurdler Grace Christopher to focus on their sprinting technique.
Andy Neave, West Leeds head coach at the club, based at Blue Hill Lane, in Wortley, said he hopes to keep the momentum going in the team, which recently returned from a tour of Magaluf.
He said: “The spirit at the club is excellent at the moment.
“This is one of the reasons why we decided as a club to continue the training through the off-season rather than having an eight-week break.
“In training at the moment we are focusing on conditioning and the core skills of rugby union.”
The club recently said farewell to top coach and ex-player Danny Monk, who has left the club for Old Brods, based near Halifax. Andy said the club appreciated all Danny had done for the club, adding: “Dan did a great job for us. He finished playing due to injury and we involved him on the coaching side of things in the second team.
“After a season with the seconds he stepped up to the first team and became backs coach. Dan leaves with our best wishes and good luck.”
Danny said: “It was a very tough decision. West Leeds have been great to me, firstly as a player and then as a coach. It is going to be a massive season for the club, there is the opportunity of being entered into the national cup as well as wanting to push for promotion from Yorkshire 2.”
The squad do not have a scheduled match until August 12 when they will be away from home to face Morley in a friendly.
But they are involved with the Natwest Rugby Force Weekend on June 21 and 22.
The weekend is a nation-wide initiative between the bank and the RFU to encourage members, volunteers and local businesses from the community for a weekend of DIY to help make rugby clubs stronger businesses by renovating their facilities.
Club members at West Leeds will be at the ground throughout the weekend to help perform maintenance jobs on the pitch and also other areas within the stadium.
Those who have helped out will be invited to a barbecue and social afterwards.
For more information, or to get in contact with those at the club, visit http://www.pitchero.com/clubs/westleedsrufc.