Leeds Rhinos legend Kevin Sinfield MBE has received one of the city’s highest civic honours this week.
Sinfield picked up the ‘Leeds Award’ for his contribution to Rugby and to the city during a ceremony at Leeds Civic Hall.
The 35-year-old, who was made captain of the club at the age of just 22, was surprised with the accolade by the leader of Leeds City Council Councillor Judith Blake at a special city dinner marking the historic treble by the Rhinos last season.
This week’s he collected his award in person and saw his name written on the hall of fame ‘Leeds Award’ wall.
During an illustrious 18-year career, Sinfield, who led the Rhinos to seven Super League titles, two Challenge Cups, and three League Leader’s shields also scored close to 4,000 points for the Headingley side before announcing a move late last year to rugby union and Leeds Carnegie.
Capped 14 times by Great Britain and 27 times by England who he also skippered, Sinfield also claimed the prestigious 2012 Golden Boot which is an award for the best rugby league player in the world.
During his time in Leeds, Sinfield has also been a role model to both young and old, and continues to add his support to a range of community projects, campaigns and initiatives in the city.