Squadbuilder are proud to have sponsored a full training day for the Warrington Wolves Scholarship programme
Warrington Wolves youth development team have once again shown their commitment to enhancing the young talent coming through the club.
The under 15 and under 16 scholarship squads were put through their paces in a full day’s training at the University of Padgate Warrington Campus using the first team facilities.
The day supported by SquadBuilder included a range of sessions in the gym, on the field and track focusing on skills, weights, speed and co-ordination as well as conditioning, video analysis and education sessions.
Danny Fullerton, under 16s head coach, said: “The day was very intense for the players but it was good in that they spent a lot of time together which will help gel them as a team. It was a great learning opportunity too with skills, weights, video and education sessions with a lot to take on board. They really enjoyed the day and asked many questions. With the wide range of staff we now have on board there’s more opportunities for one-on-one coaching and teaching which is brilliant for the players’ development, and it was great to see so many of the staff able to attend the session to make it such a great success.”
One of the education sessions was hosted by Paul Burgum from BCT Aspire focusing on mental health. He said: “The talk was two fold focusing on general mental health and the importance of this in life but also rugby specific areas developing mental fitness and training your mind to get a better performance out on the sports pitch. A big part is from my own life. I’m a Rugby Union player predominantly from Teeside and battled depression, anxiety and alcoholism through my life so I shared these things with the young players as they were a big part of my rugby career but areas that people don’t often talk about.
“At BCT Aspire we aim at raising aspirations of young people but with a big importance attached to mental health visiting a range of groups across the board. This was a first at an elite level club and was a fantastic opportunity for me as a rugby fan as well as a player. The players were fantastic as a few even came forward to share things with the group which I was really impressed with. Seeing these guys on the rugby field and how good they are it was great to see them leading by example and engaging in a positive way.
“I was really impressed with everything the club is doing and how it operates truly on a community level.”
With a development pathway in place at the club numerous players have progressed well through the scholarship, academy and WolfPack with many eventually reaching first team training squad level and gaining international recognition.
England Academy and England Youth coach Dave Elliott was at the session to track some of the up-coming talent. “For the future of England Rugby League sessions like this are vital. Warrington and other clubs have bought into the philosophy of developing and advancing the young players and seeing them on training days like this is great from an England point of view going forward. There are several England players in the squad based at Warrington so it’s good to see how they’re travelling and to get reports off the coaching staff. It’s also good to see how the players perform in this environment compared to England.”
John Bastian, Director of Youth “The scholarship training days give our young players a full day of balanced activity, very similar to what our full time players experience. The day is very well planned and structured by Ben Lazenby and the coaching staff to provide a day of education and enjoyment for our next generation of potential junior players. A big thank you to the Supporters Trust for providing financial support in making these days happen.”
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