College Proud To Host Young Rugby League Talent

Fri, 2000-12-08 00:00

East Durham College’s Houghall Campus recently played host to a Rugby League Development Day for a group of talented under 13s.

The group of the 22 best players from County Durham Schools gathered took part.

The day acted as the first step on the Performance Pathway in which players work their way up to hopefully playing for the National team.

The next step is the North East Regional Squad in which players are selected from a test match between Durham and Tyne & Wear. The strongest 36 players become the North East Squad and then get the chance to play against the rest of the country’s most talented players.

The day started with players getting warmed up and involved in some rugby related ice-breakers. Once the players were beginning to bond, the skills became more advanced with more technical skills being practised.

The players were constantly pushed with some game related skills implemented including tackle practice. At the end of the day, two teams were picked and the players had the chance to play against each other in a small friendly game to put their skills into practice.

The Durham squad will meet up one more time before the test against Tyne & Wear.

Head Coaches Karl Stephenson and Rob Jones agreed the day was fantastic and the players’ attitude was brilliant.

Karl commented: “The standard of rugby league on show was great and shows what a fantastic job the North East Rugby League are doing to development talented players”

“Players from Durham Demons, Peterlee Pumas and Durham Tigers have worked tighter really well showing real maturity. I truly believe that a number of these players will be selected for the North East Regional Squad and hopefully further up the ladder.”