Barnsley College’s Sports Academy netball captain, Megan Atkinson, has successfully completed a trial to join Leeds Rhinos Netball Club.
Megan will train with the club every week as part of the Leeds Rhinos Futures Hub which is designed to improve the athletes’ overall game by focusing on specific skills and technical training as well as offering opportunities for friendlies and competitive games.
The College has recently developed a partnership with Leeds Rhinos, which will see the prestigious Yorkshire club use the state-of-the-art facilities at the Honeywell campus as a training hub.
Megan, 17, who studies Level 3 Sport at College, said: “The College’s Netball Coach, Amy, mentioned that the College had developed a partnership with Leeds Rhinos and it gave the team an opportunity to trial for them. I trialled in Bradford and I was successful! I’m looking forward to starting and working on my skills, hopefully I can progress further into their Academy system.
“The College has helped me so much. I didn’t play netball until I came here and Amy’s been amazing. She’s put us all through our paces and I’ve learnt a lot. Being part of the College’s netball team has opened up loads of development pathways and I’ve made some best friends through netball.”
Amy Horsfield, Netball Coach and Sport Tutor at Barnsley College, said: “Megan has been a brilliant asset to the College, both within the netball squad and academically.
“She has grabbed every opportunity that has come her away. Now with a successful trial for Leeds Rhinos, it shows her hard work and dedication is starting to pay off. This is only the beginning of Megan’s journey and I am excited to see how far she goes!”