Try-ing hard to make Leeds kids more confident

Leeds Rhinos players Danny McGuire and Liam Sutcliffe with pupils at St Nicholas Catholic Primary School.
Leeds Rhinos players Danny McGuire and Liam Sutcliffe with pupils at St Nicholas Catholic Primary School.
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Leeds Rhinos stars are pitching in to help the city’s youngsters for Children in Need.

Players Danny McGuire and Liam Sutcliffe helped to support a coaching session at St Nicholas’ Primary School which has been funded by a grant from the charity.

Leeds Rhinos Foundation were awarded money from BBC Children in Need to deliver their We Are Rhinos project to hundreds of primary school children across Leeds.

The activities aim to help improve confidence, encourage a healthier lifestyle and help young people engage with their communities.

Leeds Rhinos Foundation’s general manager Davide Longo said: “The project has been a massive success since it launched back in July.

“Since then we have delivered early intervention work in some of the most challenging areas of Leeds through a variety of after school activities.

“The children have participated in a high quality level of Physical Education with the Foundation’s qualified coaches.

“We have seen the children’s self-esteem grow and there has been an improvement in their health and well-being through healthier lifestyle information and challenges.

“We are extremely grateful to BBC Children in Need for awarding us with this grant, which has allowed us to provide valuable work in our community.

“This week we will see incredible fundraising efforts from thousands of people across the UK who donate time and money to support BBC Children in Need projects and we would like to thank all those people as we know that grants like ours are only made possible because of this generous support.”

David Ramsden, chief executive of BBC Children in Need, said: “We are always staggered by the support we receive from our fundraisers and we know they will be there again to help this year.

“We use every penny of our Appeal income to help disadvantaged children and young people all over the UK and our supporters should be truly proud.”

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The BBC Children In Need Appeal show takes place on Friday from 7.30pm on BBC One and BBC Two.


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