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16 April, 2021

Broncos trio helping our juniors

JUNIOR footballers from throughout Far North Queensland will get the opportunity brush up on their rugby league skills with the annual Broncos NRL Coaching Clinic next week.

By Peter McCullagh

Broncos Game Development Manager, Paul Dyer

The Broncos Game Development Manager, Paul Dyer will be joined by Broncos Grand Final players and Internationals Matt Gillett and Jack Reed will conduct their annual junior development skills clinic at Jones Park next Wednesday.

Up to 100 junior league players will have a chance to run through some key drills designed to hone their skills and develop their passion for the game further.

The clinic caters for Year 5 and 6 Development Cup Players here in the North. The 10 to 12 year old boys and girls will have the opportunity to learn from some of the greats of the game.

Broncos Game Development Manager, Paul Dyer conducts clinics of this nature throughout Queensland on an annual basis. Dyer and his team are conducting two clinics next Wednesday, the first for junior players and coaches the second is a coaches workshop with a focus on coaches working with Under 13 and upward.

Alby Anderson, NRL Lead Game Development Officer in Cairns is expecting another great visit and clinic with the Broncos.

“This is an annual event for us. These guys tip back into the game at grass-roots level and have been coming here for years. This is something that all our juniors look forward to each year.

“Our clinic goals are to assist kids to move from a school-based rugby league structure to a club based competition setup.

“Its important that kids develop not just the necessary skills for the sport but also they should love the game and discover the fun associated with playing such a wonderful team sport,” he said.

“Our goal is to get kids active and involved the sport. If you want to join in, just turn up on the day, It’s free to attend, you will have the opportunity to have fun, learn some new skills and meet some legends of the game,”

Joining Paul Dyer will be Broncos and International players Matt Gillett and Jack Reed.

The three are part of the ‘Broncos Magnificent Seven and the Trainee’ (Matt Gillett is affectionately referred to as the ‘Trainee’). A team of eight legends of the game who commit to developing the game at grass-roots level throughout the state.

Matt Gillett, with over 200 games in Broncos colours along with 12 caps for Australia will have the opportunity to inspire the players of the future during this clinic.

Jack Reed also has a strong NRL pedigree with 126 games for the Broncos as well as 5 Test Caps for England and loves getting out on the field with the juniors.

The coaches will also visit and work with six schools in Cairns whilst here for the clinics.

Gordonvale High, Bently Park High, St Marys, Cairns High, St Andrews and Freshwater State School will all be visited by Dyer and his team.

The Year 5 & 6 Development Cup Clinic will be held Wednesday April 21, from 4.30 to 6pm at Jones Park, Mann Street Westcourt.

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