League camp nurtures talent
Some of the best young rugby league talent gathered at St Paul’s College at the weekend for a training camp.
The invite-only event for 12 to 14-year-olds focused on exposing players to techniques and ideas which they will encounter at the higher levels of club and representative rugby league.
They came from all over Auckland and were addressed by Vodafone Warriors welfare and education manager Jerry Seuseu and taken through sessions by pathways and academy manager Duane Mann.
Organiser James Pulehega says he was pleased to see the level of commitment and skill shown by the young players who attended.
‘‘With these camps we always try and offer players something more than they get at club level in terms of training, giving them a glimpse of what they will face as they progress through the grades.
‘‘Teaching these boys valuable life skills helps ensure that regardless of what happens on the field they will have the chance to be the best at what they do.’’
The 52 attendees were also put through their paces by the team at the Human Performance Centre.
They also had their statistics recorded and compared to that of their favourite NRL players.
Watchful eye: New Zealand Warriors pathways and academy manager Duane Mann watches over a scrum.
Noted effort: Dillon Vale was awarded most valued performance of the camp. He is pictured with ARL football development officer James Pulehega.