Ju­niors learn from TAC stars

Shepparton News - - SPORT -

The chance to take part in a Mur­ray Bushrangers train­ing ses­sion awaits ju­niors dur­ing the school hol­i­days.

The TAC Cup side will run a hol­i­day pro­gram on Oc­to­ber 5 at Kialla Re­serve for play­ers aged 6 to 15.

Foot­ballers from 6 to 12 will be grouped to­gether and those aged 12 to 15 form part of the youth cat­e­gory, and Bushrangers tal­ent man­ager Mick Wil­son said the drills would be catered to their ages.

‘‘The main thing we’re do­ing with them is ex­pos­ing them to a lit­tle bit of high per­for­mance stuff and some test­ing,’’ he said.

‘‘The youth group will do a lot of skill de­vel­op­ment and with the lower age group we’ll do some game sense and ac­tiv­i­ties and just get­ting them to be aware of how to go about im­prov­ing their skills.’’

Se­nior coach Leon Hig­gins will run the train­ing, helped by Mur­ray Bushranger play­ers, and Wil­son said they en­joyed pass­ing on their knowl­edge.

‘‘The play­ers quite of­ten take some of the ac­tiv­i­ties and they en­joy that, it’s all part of their de­vel­op­ment es­pe­cially if they’re in­ter­ested in a ca­reer work­ing with kids and teach­ing or in sports coach­ing,’’ he said.

A par­tic­u­lar fo­cus will be on putting chil­dren through their paces in test­ing sim­i­lar to what AFL hope­fuls com­plete at the draft com­bine, in­clud­ing ver­ti­cal leaps and timed sprints.

‘‘Each kid gets an in­di­vid­ual re­port which high­lights the bench­marks the Bushrangers have achieved and they get a com­par­i­son,’’ Wil­son said. ● The Oc­to­ber 5 pro­gram costs $80 and reg­is­tra­tions will be taken un­til the night be­fore the event; those in­ter­ested should visit the web­site at www.try­book­ing.com/ SBBV

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