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Player Development - Boys

The York RLFC Excel Player Development Programme was initially launched in early 2017 and has an aim to help every player reach their potential.

This is done through open-access training sessions, an introduction to strength and conditioning, nutrition and other lifestyle advice. Although the Boys Excel programme is open to players from Under 12’s through to Under 16’s and is delivered in blocks of coaching.


The Excel programme – which uses the same state-of-the-art York St John University sports facilities used by the Knights and Valkyries teams – forms part of the York RLFC player pathway programme and is rated as outstanding by the RFL.

This year has seen a revamp to the programme with York RLFC Knights star Josh Daley taking the lead and fellow Knights players taking a hands on approach to delivering the sessions. This approach also sees the programme rebranded the Excel Lions programme as it maintains its link to the RFL's revised England Talent Pathway system. 


The programme is free to participants, but booking is essential!

The Blocks of coaching for 2023 are outlined below:

  • Block 2 - U12/13/14s starts 11th September- BOOK HERE

  • Block 2- U15s and 16s starts 6th November.

For further information, please contact or phone 01904 670880.


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