Aspiring local rugby league players will have the chance to develop their skills when the RISE Rugby League Development Program kicks off in Bundaberg.
RISE was developed by rugby league greats Mal Meninga, who played as a junior in Bundaberg, and former NRL coach Neil Henry.
The program invites junior rugby league players and coaches to take part in specialised training and education through a holistic rugby league development experience.
Queensland Rugby League Wide Bay area manager Bryce Holdsworth said RISE was an initiative of the NRL, which partnered with Queensland Rugby League to deliver the program in 23 locations across the state.
“The purpose of RISE is to provide aspirational male and female players with an opportunity to enter the performance pathway and develop their rugby league skills, physical conditioning and socio-emotional competencies,” Bryce said.
The Dolphins NRL are proudly supporting the Bundaberg, Fraser Coast and South Burnett programs.
“They are fully invested in the Wide Bay regions development pathway,” Bryce said.
“By supporting our RISE program, our Wide Bay Bulls representative teams and numerous schools throughout the region, the Dolphins are identifying our up-and-coming talent.”
RISE could unearth next rugby league great
Bryce said it was fantastic to host the RISE program in Bundaberg.
He said it was possible the next rising national rugby league star could emerge from the region, just as Mal Meninga had.
“This program is designed to give aspiring rugby league players the skilled on and off the field to succeed in the game and life,” Bryce said.
“It is very possible this could inspire the next rising rugby league player.”
Bryce said each location would offer the program to five different age groups each competing in five development sessions.
“Any male player aged 13 to 15 and any female aged 13 to 17, coaches, trainers, managers and strength and conditioning coaches can take part, ” Bryce said.
“The players also complete a referee course (U13), league safe course U14) and a community coach course (U15) which allows them to give back to community rugby league.
“Bundaberg, Fraser Coast and South Burnett will offer this program to the 17-year-old females however, this is for development only and will not take part in the RISE carnival.
“RISE staff will be assigned a playing group and will be responsible for delivering the program to the highest standard, ensuring a supportive and positive experience for players.
“This is also a great opportunity for aspiring coaches and support staff to educate themselves.”
The RISE program’s first session will be held on 20 June with registrations now open.
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