rugby league: Super League champions Leeds are hoping that normal service will be resumed after they moved back into their training ground.
Super League champions Leeds are hoping that normal service will be resumed after they moved back into their training ground.
The Rhinos, along with sister club Yorkshire Carnegie, were forced to use alternative facilities after the club’s base at Kirkstall was contaminated by flood water when the river Aire burst its banks over Christmas.
Leeds coach Brian McDermott put some of the blame for his team’s disappointing season down to the disruption but restoration work at the facility, which houses a gym, changing rooms, physio/rehab areas, wrestling rooms, doctors room, ice baths, theatre rooms and kitchen areas, began in March and was completed in time for Friday’s official re-opening by Cllr Lucinda Yeadon, deputy leader of Leeds City Council.
Leeds chief executive Gary Hetherington said: “It is a fantastic feeling to return to our home facility after six months away.
“On behalf of everyone connected with Leeds Rhinos, the Leeds Rhinos Foundation and Yorkshire Carnegie, I would like to thank all those organisations across Leeds and the wider community who have welcomed our teams over the last few months to share their facilities.
“Without the generosity of the many clubs, universities, schools and gyms who helped to accommodate us it would have been extremely difficult to have continued the work that we do.”