SPIDER-Y is happy to announce additional Ambassadors to our charity to increase maximum exposure for the work we do.
We have invited the following members of our Basketball and Rugby teams to join our Patron Hannah Cockroft MBE, current Ambassadors Harry Brown and Sophie Carrigill on the ambassador register, in doing so we are recognising these indivduals and these achievment over the last 12 months and wish them luck in the coming years whever thats in Rio 2016 or in Australia 2017. Thank you for your support
Jack Brown - Spiders Club Captain and Coach to our Junior Teams for many years now,
Jack has shown great leadership and is a great mentor to all the younger players,
his leadership continued this year has he was given the honour to lead his country to
victory in the Wheelchair Rugby League European Championships and Keilty Fassolette Trophy over France in September,
aswell has been named player of the tournement.
James Simpson - Rhinos Captain for the last two years and a great inspirational member of the club,
He regained his England selection for the second year and played in all the games for England in the European Championships.
James will continue his role in 2016 with increased responcibility of player/coach taking his leadership into helping our Development team come together.
Joshua Gardner - Josh has been second team captain and assistant coach for the last couple of years
along with helping out at junior league over the years, recently he gained an apprentship with the BBC
which resulted in dropping the Rugby side of his game. He is part of the England media team that
brought to world the first ever live streaming of international Wheelchair Rugby League at the recent
European Championships his commentory was legendary and maybe featured on this years SPOTY.
Jodie Boyd-Ward - Leeds Spider black Widows Vice Captain and Leeds Rhinos Vice Captain last year also saw,
Jodie gain Engalnd Selection for the European Championships 2015, Jodie has helped out at both Spiders and Rhinos
and played an important part in the first Womens team and helped Rhinos get to the Semi Final of this years Challenge Cup
Jodie is now starting work on preperation towards re selsction and keeping that place for the World Cup 2017 in Australia.
Coral Batey - Leeds Spiders players and gretas performer winning player sawards year on year,
for several years Coral has been with Spiders and has featured in every team at every level.
Coral did play for Rhinos in th epast but her commitment to Paralympic Wheelchair Rugby took off.
A natural at the game with excellent chair skills, it wasn't long before her talent was spotted by the GB coaches,
and with impressive speed was fast tracked into the full GB squad.
Her first international match came in January 2014, at the Tri-Nations tournament in Toronto, and Coral went
on to represent GB at the Canada Cup and the 2014 World Championships. At the Canada Cup, Coral made
an immediate impression on the world stage, winning best in class for 1.5s – a remarkable achievement for
a player with less than one year's experience in the sport. Coral is the youngest member of the squad, and the only female.
Tom Halliwell - Leeds Rhinos Player and the Youngest member of the England Squad that won the European
Championships and was top scorer in the competition with 88 points, not bad for his first international competition.
Tom is one of the future stars of Wheelchair Rugby League but also Rugby League so whatch this space.
Watch out for more information and also there own web page on here.......
SPIDER-Y thanks long-term supporters!
The Management Committee and members welcomed Leeds Community Foundation (LCF) Chief Executive, Sally-Anne Greenfield and Jimbo’s Fund representative Linda Gumby, who have been the main supporters of SPIDER-Y since our inception 2007 to our first home game of the season.
LCF, a local grant-making charity, were on hand in the early days to support Founders Michael Yates, John Sharp and Chris Smith to get the charity up and running, helping out with our first grant application for funding for our team Minibus back in 2009. Since then LCF have assisted our current Management with successful applications to other funders.
Chairman Andy Gardner said: “Without support from charities and organisations we would not be able to survive. We have collaborated over the years with Comic Relief and Sport Relief completing many a Sport Relief mile in and around Leeds, and featuring in video campaigns for Comic Relief.
Over the last five years SPIDER-Y has received £60,000 in funding from Jimbo’s Fund, which is managed by LCF and has seen our club grow from 10 players, one development team in 2010 to 60 players, six wheelchair basketball teams and one wheelchair rugby league team in 2015.
We wanted to say thank you to LCF and Jimbo’s Fund for their support. With LCF celebrating their 10th anniversary and having worked with Jimbo’s Fund for five years we thought there was no better way to say thanks than to present them with a number 10 and number 5 team shirt.”
Leeds Spiders Wheelchair Basketball represent Leeds at the highest level in wheelchair basketball, with their first season in the British Wheelchair Basketball Associations Premier League, Division 3 North, Women’s Division 2, Under 19s, Under 15s and a new development team.
Leeds Rhinos Wheelchair Rugby League finished the RFL Wheelchair Rugby League National League Championship in 5th place last season and also made it to the semi-final of the Challenge Cup in 2015. Their players and Management also represented England in the last two years and have added silverware to the cabinet including the 4 Nations, European Championship and the Kielty/Fassolette Trophy, the England/ French Test Match Cup.
SPIDERS GO LIVE.
Has part of our ongoing awareness campaign and continued progression towards making disability Sports more apararent in everyday life we at SPIDER-Y have been working hard behind to scenes to get this working so people can watch all over the world the great sports programmes we have at SPIDER Y.
For the last couple of month's we have been trialling several different types of live streaming, like periscope, Live stream and many more some of these we will still use depending on venue and Internet connections in the local area.
With the lead up to Rio 2016 we hope to give better insight into disability sports to a wider audience and bring in new players and volunteers.
Leeds Spiders Premier League and Division 3 games will feature on our YouTube Channel Leeds Spider Y for all home games this season and maybe other source away from home and next season Leeds Rhinos will utilise the streaming to get Wheelchair Rugby League out to the vieing public.
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Leeds Rhinos players and staff enjoyed a major success in Medway Kent last week not only winning the European Championship with a golden point try over France, 4 days earlier winning in convincing style by a 30 point margin to bring home the Kielty/Fassolette Trophy.
James Simpson Rhinos Capitan , Jodie Boyd-Ward, Sebastien Bachara and Young gun Tom Halliwell played a key roles in all of England's games, with the youngster Tom Halliwell top scorer for England with a massive 88 points in his début tournament.
The Success was made better with Rhinos head Coach Martyn Gill joining forces with Medway Dragons Head Coach Marl Roulsedge the joint Head coach position was a great strategy has both coaches delivered different style and complimented each other. England Team Manager, also Rhinos Chairman was on course to complete his 3rd year with England and along with his back room staff players and coach's has bagged 3 major trophies in the last 15 months.
The future looks bright for Rhinos and England but head are now looking towards 2016 which sees Rhinos looking to strengthen the squad with the chance of a second team player some Development games next season, and Rhinos are looking to try and tap into the success with over seas players with an over seas pre season tour.
Rhinos begin Pre Season training on 7th Jan 2016 at Morley Leisure Centre 8pm - 10pm.