The London Rugby League Foundation has launched a new pilot programme of Player Development Centres, in partnership with the London Broncos. The pilot is part of the RFL's Embed the Pathway programme, which seeks to improve player performance by widening the rugby league talent pool and offering high quality coaching to more aspiring young players. The aims of the pilot programme are as follows:
a) To recruit more secondary school players into high quality rugby league training and playing opportunities.
b) To provide additional training opportunities for all players to improve all aspects of their performance.
c) To provide a development opportunity for aspiring community coaches.
Similar programmes have been run historically by the RFL regionally, and successfuly supported the progression of a number of players through the player pathway such as Tuoyo Egodo, Mike McMeeken (both Castleford Tigers), Joe Keyes (above) Illiess Macani (both Bradford Bulls) and Sadiq Adebiyi, and Callum Bustin amongst many currently playing at London Broncos.
The Foundation will be running two centres, North and South London. Each centre will run every Monday from 6:30-8:00pm for 10 weeks with a break for Bank Holidays as follows:
North: New River Stadium, White Hart Lane, Wood Green, N22 5QW. Commences on Monday 27th February, 6:30pm-8:00pm.
South: Teddington Sports Ground, Udney Park Road, Teddington, TW11 9BB. Commences on Monday 8th May, from 6:30pm-8:00pm.
Players will be encouraged to attend every week, but are not required to attend every session to join the programme. The centres will be open to any male player currently in Year 8 or Year 9 at secondary school, and are completely free of charge. Players of any standard or experience level are encouraged to attend, including those with no prior experience of rugby league.
To register to attend, please complete the online registration form HERE.