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Player Development - Boys

The York RLFC Excel Lions Player Development Programme was initially launched in early 2017 and has the 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 Lions 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 see’s the programme introduce games for players at U13’s & U14’s as well as U15’s & U16’s.


Sessions are led by the York RLFC coaching team with Knights players taking a hands on approach to support the delivery of sessions.


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

The Blocks of coaching for 2024 are outlined below:


Under 12, 13 & 14

4 sessions- 7-8pm on June 24 & July 1, 8, 15; BOOK HERE

2 sessions plus game (date tbc)- August 5, 12: BOOK HERE


Under 15 & 16

5 sessions plus game (date tbc)- September 9, 16, 23, 30 & October 1: BOOK HERE



For further information, please contact or phone 01904 670880.


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