Under 15 development camp ends

Normal, Sports

The National, Friday 11th November 2011

THE first of two scheduled PNG NRL Bid National All Schools Development camps wound up yesterday with coaches pleased with the progress and attitude of the players taking part in the first camp at the University of PNG in Port Moresby.
The first three-day camp featured the U15 development players selected from the recent Coca-Cola All Schools National Championships held in Lae.
The second camp to be held from Nov 28 features the U17 development players selected from the same tournament.
PNG NRL Bid development manager Shane Morris said: “There was some outstanding talent displayed at the camp.
“The kids came with a great attitude, were hungry to learn and were excited about the chance to be given an opportunity.
“It was the first time these kids have been put through a rigorous programme and while some struggled at times, they will be much improved for the experience.
“Some of the kids really stood out, put their hands up and could be as good as any Australian kid their age if given the same opportunities.
“We are aiming to do that through this program and the bid is dedicated to developing these younger players into our future Kumuls, Queenland Cup stars and possible NRL quality players.”
PNG NRL Bid strength and conditioning coach Jason Tassell said he was impressed by what he saw: “The aim of the strength and conditioning component of the camp was to give the boys an insight into the level and type of training required to compete at an elite level.
“We tested their strength, flexibility, fitness and pain tolerance and I was impressed with the overall quality of commitment.
“These kids are hungry and crying out for a chance to play rugby league.
“They are ready for this opportunity and if the quality of training is provided consistently, there is absolutely no doubt that they will succeed in rugby league at the highest level.
“Compared to Australian kids who have been involved in a structured programme for years, PNG boys if given the same opportunity would be equal to if not better.
“The ultimate deciding factor will be their attitude, committment and desire to develop all facets of their game including their physical preparation.”
Morris added: “The camp was not only about the players, we also had coaches from across the country involved learning the latest coaching techniques to take back to their regions.
“I would like to thank them for their enthusiasm and commitment during the camp.
“We will be announcing the kids we have selected to participate in the Brisbane Broncos elite development camp shortly and also announcing two of the coaches who will take part in that camp.
“This is part of the Bid’s programme and commitment to improving not just our own playing talent but also developing and improving the quality of coaching in PNG.”