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Leeds Building Society extends its secondment opportunity with Leeds Rugby Foundation into 2015

Leeds Building Society and Leeds Rugby Foundation are teaming up for another year after a successful partnership in 2014.

For the first time this year the Foundation, the official charity of Leeds Rhinos, offered a secondment to a Society colleague to become its School Partnership Associate and work on its community projects.

As a result of the success of this initiative for both parties it has been decided to offer this placement again during 2015, and Leeds Building Society is currently finalising recruitment for a colleague to start the role in January.

This year's School Partnership Associate was Siobhan Walpole, from the Society's Collections department.

Key projects Siobhan has worked on have included 'The 2014 Grand Prize Draw', 'Run with the Rhinos' and 'Children's Day', and she also has helped with a wide variety of other activities, from organising half-time teams to attending press conferences.

Siobhan commented: "During 2014 I have gained experience in a wide variety of tasks and exposure to new workplace situations. I have been involved with planning and running of both small and large scale events, along with general administration and support for internal colleagues.

"One such large-scale event I was involved with was the Children's Day, which attracted more than 5,500 people. Held at Headingley Carnegie stadium, I supported with the organisation of the event and co-ordinated activities including archery, basketball, and wheelchair rugby. I helped co-ordinate a Grand Prize Draw with a trip of a lifetime to Sydney to watch the National Rugby League final as the main prize. I was also involved with co-ordinating the Leeds 10K Run with the Rhinos team which attracted 130 people.

"During my time at Leeds Rugby Foundation I have learnt many new skills, including liaising with internal and external stakeholders and managing multiple events. Parts of the role have definitely stretched me, and seeing events complete successfully and watching the enjoyment and benefits they have generated has been extremely rewarding."

Becky Hewitt, Leeds Building Society's General Manager – People, said: "We are delighted with the success of this initiative. Siobhan has really enjoyed it and it has been excellent for her personal development. She has been involved with three major projects for Leeds Rugby Foundation, and the fact the secondment opportunity will again take place in 2015 is testament to the success she has had with these objectives.

"Our recruitment for the School Partnership Associate role for next year is almost complete, with ourselves and Leeds Rugby Foundation confident of another great success."

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Notes to Editors

Leeds Building Society has 67 branches throughout the UK, Gibraltar and Ireland and assets of £12.1bn (as at 30 June 2014). The Society has operated from the centre of Leeds since 1886.