Leeds Rhinos Foundation has announced that Darren Higgins has been appointed as the charity’s new Rugby League Development Coordinator.
Higgins has amassed more than a decade of experience in professional rugby league specialising in Performance and Talent Development roles, working in various positions with the Rugby Football League (RFL), Sheffield Eagles, London Broncos and most recently Castleford Tigers as their Head of Youth Performance.
He also has gained a breadth of coaching experience, having served as Head Coach of the Serbian National Team in 2016 as well as working on the game’s performance pathway at a regional level for the RFL.
The 41-year-old will now play a leading role in the delivery of Leeds Rhinos Foundation’s Rugby League Development Plan with Mears Group, striving to create the strongest framework for Rugby League development across the region, providing more opportunities for young players to get involved with the sport and help the wider game to grow.
Higgins said: ‘’I am both proud and excited to be joining the Leeds Rhinos Foundation. Since starting my role last week, I have been extremely impressed by the club and Foundation’s commitment to developing the game in the area and the sheer quality of the work being undertaken by a committed and passionate team of Rugby League Development staff.
“Moving forward my aim is to help add value from both a strategic and coordination perspective and help further strengthen all aspects of the game within the city.”
Speaking upon Higgins’ arrival, Head of Partnership & Development for Leeds Rhinos Foundation, Dan Busfield said: “We are delighted that Darren has joined the Foundation as our new Rugby league Development Coordinator.
“Darren has a vast knowledge and experience in many aspects of Rugby League Development and player pathways and we are sure he will use this to further grow our existing Rugby League Development Plan for the city of Leeds.”