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Anna Carter and Dan Ryan of Leeds Rhinos.

After nearly three years, Anna Carter is stepping away from her role as Director of Netball for Leeds Rhinos Netball.

Her departure was agreed on Friday 12 June following a meeting with Carter and other key stakeholders. There will be a transitional period running to 20 July 2020 so the franchise can ensure an efficient handover.

Leeds Rhinos will release details of her replacement and further information on the future in due course.

From July 2020, Anna will operate under her new company banner – Elite Netball Academy – continuing to offer community and developmental netball delivery.

Leeds Rhinos will continue to manage the England Netball Yorkshire Pathway while also forging ahead with their entry into Vitality Netball Superleague in 2021.

Anna Carter said: “This has been an amazing journey for myself and for our region. With netball in a really strong place now, the club will no doubt take this forward. When you look at all that’s been achieved during this time, it is quite phenomenal. We have helped to support hundreds of athletes from little ones to the U19s, and the Pathway toward England Netball is robust.

“I wish the club every success with this venture in particular and I for one will be cheering on the blue and amber next year.”

“I think securing the Superleague entry for 2021 is a personal highlight and so many people have worked hard on making this happen. I wish the club every success with this venture in particular and I for one will be cheering on the blue and amber next year!

“It’s time now for me to refocus on supporting younger players during the stage before they reach the Pathway, which I have honestly missed during these past three years, and I’ll be providing more guidance to Yorkshire’s growing coaching community.”

Leeds Rhinos Netball Franchise Director, Dan Busfield, said: “All of us here at Rhinos would like to say a huge thank you to Anna for her energy, enthusiasm, and dedication. We would not be in such a strong position in the world of netball without her focus, skills and reputation.

“The time is right now for Anna to be able to focus solely on new opportunities for her and we wish her every success. We are ambitious for the future of Leeds Rhinos Netball and Anna should be very proud of the work she has put in and the legacy she leaves.”

Anna Carter has been Director of Netball since Leeds Rhinos Netball’s launch in 2017. The franchise were rewarded VNSL status in 2017 and will join the league at the start of the 2021 campaign.

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