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Seasonal Message

SPIDER Y would like to wish all our members, players, parents and carers,

a Happy Christmas and a prosperus New Year.

We hope that 2015 will bring new hope and also good fortune to everyone.

Christmas gift ideas / suggestions:
To your enemy, forgiveness.
To an opponent, tolerance.
To a friend, your heart.
To a customer, service.
To all, charity.
To every child, a good example.
To yourself, respect.

“Christmas is not a time nor a season, but a state of mind. To cherish peace and goodwill,

to be plenteous in mercy, is to have the real spirit of Christmas.”

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SPIDER-Y Ambassadors

SPIDER-Y has always been at the forefront of awareness and inclusion, along with always promoting disability sports in Leeds and Yorkshire, so it is our pleasure to welcome to our ever growing number of supporters, some of our past and present players who represent Great Britain at the highest level in their sport, to become Ambassadors of SPIDER-Y and Leeds Spiders Wheelchair Basketball Club.


Please Welcome


Harry Brown - Great Britain Men's - Player and  also GB U23 Captain

Harry played for Spiders in 2012 -2013 season Division One after many years of training with spiders through the Yorkshire juniors training session, also Harrys brothers Jack and Joseph play pivotal roles in the current teams both playing and Coaching.

His mum Nicky is a big part of the Club and the charity and workshard behind the scene's on the committee at SPIDER-Y.

Click here for more on Harry

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Sophie Carrigill Great Britain Women's Captain


Sophie first came to Spiders in September 2011 and picked up the game straight away with in weeks she joined the team on the annual trip north to Scotland, and there was no looking back Sophie was featured on the One show for Children in Need Special, and within months was selected for GB Women's Taster Camp. Click for more indepth information on Sophie




Its a pleasure and honour for both these players to be involved at such and elite standard and to say there part of the SPIDERS family. Find out more about each Ambassador click on the links to go their very own Page. Watch this space as we add more inspirational members of SPIDER-Y to this Ambassadors Wall.

Harry and Sophie both feature in the great Promotional Video from BWB.



Sport Promoting Inclusion for the Disabled and Equal Rights in Yorkshire.




Rhinos Shine at the 4 Nations

The 2014 Wheelchair Rugby League Four Nations event concluded at Medway Park, Gillingham with England thrashing Wales by eighty points to six to claim the Four Nations Championship.

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Leeds Rhinos players and backrrom staff featured heavily in the Championship and also in the build up with trials and training held at Morley Leisure Centre, Leeds.

Andrew Gardner Team Manager for both Rhinos and England said " it was a spectical to watch the New players take on the mantel of representing the country whilst also looking for a place in the England Elite test match team."

Martyn Gill Head Coach Rhinos/England - "We were delighted to run out overall winners of 4 Nations. It was a proud moment for everyone concerned, especially for a special group of players, seven of which were making their international debuts. Our thanks goes to everyone who supported us, all the backroom support staff and of course the event organisors for creating a special occasion for everyone that took part"

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Photo - Rhinos/England players - Jodie Boyd-Ward, James Simpson, Josh Gardner Media Manager, Andrew Gardner Team Manager, Martyn Gill Head Coach. Celebrate with the Trophy.

"England stared the game with the ball and it took them just three minutes to get on the scoreboard as Mike Knight and Declan Roberts and they linked well before passing ball out to Jodie Boyd-Ward on the wing and she did just about enough to hold off Harry Jones to score the first try of the match.

Robert McLeod then scored his first try of the match as Wales were caught napping in defence and McLeod got the ball from James Simpson and he did just about enough to get the ball over the try line before getting tackled to score for England.

England got their third try of the match after the Welsh defence were again caught napping and Mike Knight and Robert McLeod gave to good passes before McLeod passed the ball out wide to Jodie Boyd-Ward who simply held off her defender and got the ball over the try line to score her second try of the match.

Boyd-Ward completed her hat trick as she got the ball on right side of the pitch and he held off two welsh defenders before cross the try line as England opened up an early twenty point gap to Wales."   Read More 

For more information about how you can get involved with Wheelchair rugby League at the Rhinos contact Andy Gardner at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Leeds Rhinos is a fully inclusive Club and involve Players, siblings, Parents and Carers.

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New Coaching Team

New Coaching Team set for 2014-2015


SPIDER-Y Management Committee is pleased to announce that we have secured the services of a great new coaching team.

With Spiders saying farewell to the much loved and great character John Sharp, we had to bring in a team that will learn from John over the next couple of months.

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Spider-Y can introduce.

Division 1 - Head Coach Mathew Micklethwaite.

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Mathew comes with good back ground knowledge of spiders as he helped out with the under 15s last year, and will take control of a number of our under 19s who’ve been selected for England North for this year’s School games.

Mathew is head coach this for England North so taking his new stock to Manchester EIS in September will be a great start to the season.

Mathew said “I have been involved with basketball for nearly 12 years as both a player and a coach. I started coaching able bodied basketball at the Bradford Dragons and worked with every team from under 12 up to division 2 Men and women’s. in my last season coaching AB basketball I was head coach for the University of Bradford women's 2nd team and also Head coach of the Bradford Dragons women's team. After this I decided I wanted to get involved within wheelchair basketball and completed my Grade 1. I was instantly hooked on the sport! over the past few years I have built my own team in Bradford, assistant coached for England North at the 2013 school games where we won Gold! And most recently been appointed head coach of England North for 2014 school games and also Head coach for the Yorkshire regional performance centre. I am looking forward to Head coaching the Spiders in Division 1 and helping to build on the ambition and passion at the Spiders! We have big plans and hope you will join us on our journey!

Division 3 - Coach Jules Deumeni.

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Jules was introduced to spiders through Street games a new Sports initiative that bring sports to local community, which spiders are just awaiting funding bid to allow us to bring those without transport to our training sessions thanks to Josh G who has been working with street games over the last couple of months, this will also bring additional educational training for our members in the future.

Jules said “Joining Spiders is a good opportunity and a next challenge for me. I’ve coached and played Football/Tennis/basketball/handball/swimming/Table Tennis and many other sports. Now I've got an opportunity to use all these coaching skill in wheelchair basketball. I was impressed with the facility at Morley. A good group of young and adult players willing to learn and improve their skills. I will be pleased to input my skills, knowledge and experience in order to improve their stamina skill, technical skill, tactical skill and vision of the game.”




Division 1 Captain & Coach Jack Brown.

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Division 3 Captain & Coach Josh Gardner.

joshSnapshot 1 05-06-2014 11-48Josh is continuing his growth as both a player and coach learning and improving, this year Josh will assist Mathew for England North at the school games, so keep in the link at Club , Regional and National level will be a massive positive for Leeds Spiders.










Along with our new coaching Team, we are looking to set up our own Women’s Team (The Black Widows) this to compete in Women’s Div 2 so if you’re interested please contact Andy Gardner.


SPIDER-Y would like to welcome Mathew and Jules on board and wish them luck along with Jack and Josh all have full support from all the back room staff.


Leeds Spiders will be fielding 5 Teams this coming season Division One North, Division Three North East, Under 19s and Under 15s Junior League North, and Women’s Division Two.


We are always looking for new and established players to come and join our Club.


Training restarts 25th June 7 – 10pm with summer fitness and conditioning sessions with Mathew, Jules, Jack and Josh.


Please contact the club or see website for more details  see attached promo video...

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