Leeds Rhinos star visit a treat for the kids

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A group of Leeds children, including some in care, have been treated to a fun-packed activity day including a surprise visit from Leeds Rhinos stars.

The youngsters and their carers had an action packed day as they took on a gruelling assault course at Herd Farm Residential Activity Centre and became the first people to try out a brand new high ropes course.

The centre, near Harewood, is run by Leeds City Council and helps young people develop skills and build confidence by providing indoor and outdoor activities which are both challenging and fun.

And there was a special surprise for the children in the form of Leeds Rhinos first team player Liam Sutcliffe and Dan Busfield from the Leeds Rhinos Foundation, who were invited along to join in the fun.

Sutcliffe, who is in the process of recovering from a cruciate ligament injury which has curtailed his season prematurely, said: “It was great to come up to Herd Farm Activity Centre and see the new high ropes facility. The young people were having a fantastic time and all had a smile on their face whilst challenging themselves, which is a valuable lesson in life.

“I think the Rhinos should come back here soon to get involved.

Coun Lucinda Yeadon, executive member for children and families, said: “Herd Farm is a great place for children and young people to develop skills and gain confidence. Here at the council we’re proud to have this facility available to us as it so beneficial to many young people’s lives.”

The award-winning activity centre, which is set across 16 acres of land bordering the Harewood Estate, has been recognised for its work by the Child Friendly Leeds Awards and accommodates school trips and residential groups of up to 42 people.