NRL 300-game player John Morris is set to impart his vast Rugby League knowledge upon Cronulla juniors in the upcoming school holidays at Remondis Stadium.
For the first time in recent history, Morris will conduct the ‘Super Jaws’ programme to partner the existing Junior Jaws training clinic for young League players.
Set to be delivered in a fun and engaging manner, the Super programme aims to better the tactical and technical skills of mod-league players in a highly structured and developmental environment.
George Nour, Cronulla Sharks’ Community Engagement Officer, said Morris’ NRL experience would prove a priceless asset in the development of the young Shire talent.
“We are excited to launch for the first time, Super Jaws – a new two day advanced clinic aimed to enhance and develop kids’ Rugby League skills between the ages of nine to 12,” said Nour.
“We are very fortunate to have the programme written and led by John Morris who has played 300 NRL games.
“His Rugby League knowledge is invaluable and will be an integral part of developing our local kids to a new level.”
While Morris’ attention has been strongly focussed on his Elite Development Coaching role at the club, the former Sharks hooker is excited to be able to give back to local juniors via the holiday clinics.
“Now being in a full-time coaching role, it’s right up my alley to give something back to the kids and to give them a Rugby League experience that they definitely won’t be able to get anywhere else,” said Morris.
“I’m really looking forward to it.”
With an added emphasis on educating the young players of advanced skills, Morris said that the clinic reflects the growing trends as witnessed across mod-league competitions.
“We wanted to provide a clinic that had a lot more coaching content for those kids who really want to learn more about Rugby League and advance their skills,” he said.
“The skills and drills delivered are at a higher level. We aim to certainly advance the kids over the two-day clinic.”
Morris encouraged the parents of young League players to express their interests in the programme, saying that the clinic is a unique opportunity for children to acquire skills not otherwise taught at Junior League training sessions.
“We just want to make it a little bit more elite, where the kids are actually learning more skills and technical aspects of the game,” said Morris.
“We’re trying to provide a lot higher quality of coaching, and the drills that they’ll be doing are not just ‘participation’ or ‘game’ type drills.
“They’re actually technical drills where the kids will definitely be learning the fundamental skills of Rugby League, and they can then apply that to matches. Hopefully that will fast-track their development.”
For children aged four to ten, the Junior Jaws clinic remains, and will continue to develop basic skills in a relaxed and an enjoyable setting.
While the Super Jaws clinic will run across Monday and Tuesday, April 13-14, the Junior Jaws clinic will take place only on the Tuesday.
For more details and to register your interest in Super Jaws or Junior Jaws clinics, CLICK HERE.