League camp nur­tures tal­ent

Auckland City Harbour News - - SPORT -

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.

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