The future of rugby league in more focus with school subject
THE future of rugby league at North Rockhampton State High School stands in good stead following the formation of the DBS North Rockhampton Rugby League Academy.
Rockhampton Rustlers Rugby League Club and North Rockhampton State High School sealed a deal, which will see rugby league as a subject option from next term.
Rustler's coaching and game development manager, John Harbin, said the academy program would not just focus on skills and fitness but would include topics such as diet and nutrition, sports medicine, codes of conduct, public speaking and refereeing.
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"Initially it will be run early mornings," Mr Harbin said. "There will be breakfast clubs and afternoons and we look to progress that once the footy season has finished through goal setting, diet and nutrition, strength and conditioning, and public speaking.
"Eventually we hope to be getting them qualified in their level one coaching, refereeing and sports medicine.
"Every boy that we deal with isn't going to be a top line footballer, but he could be a top line club secretary, strapper, trainer or strength and conditioner."
North Rockhampton State High had produced players such as Sid Domic, John Doyle, Mat Sing, Bert Tabuai, Alfred Songoro and Tim Glasby, Mr Harbin said.