With highly qualified coaches, along with NRL Head Coach Shane Flanagan and rising star Jayden Brailey lending a helping hand, the Sharks Skills Development Program (SDP) returns bigger and better in 2018 with an exciting new and restructured look.
To include six intensive sessions staring on March 5 running over eight weeks, the Sharks SDP will put a high emphasis on tackling techniques and is set to benefit junior players of all skill levels leading into the 2018 JRL season.
Head Coach Jason Stanton will be joined by Jillaroos centre Corban McGregor, with Flanagan and local junior Brailey to add their time and expertise as program ambassadors.
These experienced and highly credentialed coaches and players will deliver a comprehensive program, owned and delivered by the Sharks, with the aim to make top level coaching available to all junior players, both boys and girls, within the Sutherland Shire community.
This year’s SDP will place a specific focus on tackling technique, including safe body positioning, tackle mechanics and safe falling practices.
The program will also cover attacking aspects of the game, areas such as advanced catch/pass technique, methods of evasion and running lines, as well as creating overlaps and using numbers.
“Our Skills Development Program is an outstanding introduction for our local juniors into some advanced coaching techniques,” Flanagan said. “This is the first step towards getting boys and girls into our programs and to let them know what they might be able to expect if they progress to a higher level.
“But whether they do or don’t have ambition to play junior reps or one day in the NRL, the program will help to make them better players for their club teams each weekend and add to their enjoyment of the game.”
Entering its third year, the Sharks SPD has been updated, hence the intensive focus on tackling technique, with the program ideal for both beginners as well as experienced players.
Open to boys ages 6 to 13 and girls 6-15plus, where practical the program will see players train in groups of the same age or with players of similar skill level.
The program has been designed by international coach Jason Stanton, the 2017 Cronulla Sharks Women’s Head Coach and Assistant Coach of the New Zealand Kiwi Ferns at the recent women’s World Cup.
Stanton’s coaching experience also includes a term as Head Coach for the Australian Women’s Rugby 7’s and the Assistant Coach of the South African Springbok Men’s 7’s.
He leads an impressive coaching line-up that includes Jillaroo McGregor, along with Glenn Brailey, coach of the successful Sharks Matthews Cup and National Championship Under 16’s team from 2015.
Also included in the program costs is a Sharks official sublimated training singlet, a Sharknet membership which includes an official Sharks cap, Sharks Skills Development tee-shirt and a Hydralyte drink bottle.