Rugby League Juniors Receive Helping Hand

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Under the careful watch of Townsville Mendi Blackhawks dual captain and director of Phoenix Sports Performance Anthony Mitchell, 80 North Queensland juniors have taken part in a Rugby League Development Camp, at Jack Manski Oval over the school holidays.

The course is designed to give a realisation of what it takes to be a professional NRL player and what is required individually to make that happen.

Although primarily rugby league based, the course, aimed towards 12 to 17 year olds, also comprises of important life skills that young people may require to achieve their goals.

“I think it’s important that all young people are given an opportunity to help reach their full potential,” Mitchell said.

“Being a footy player, not only involves skills on the field, but off as well.”

“We have professional rugby league players come in on their own time to talk to the kids, which they really enjoy.”

As well as rugby league skills and drills, the course also consists of character building workshops, the effects of drugs and alcohol abuse and the positives and negatives of social media.

“Professional sports men and women receive a lot of support around them once they reach top level, we want to offer that same support to kids starting off their careers, whatever they may choose.” Mitchell said.