The Gold Coast Academy of Sport (GCAS), with the support of Gold Coast Junior Rugby League (GCJRL) are pleased to have developed a rugby league program. It is designed to provide talent-identified players, coaches and support staff with a clearly defined pathway to progress to Gold Coast Junior Representatives teams.
Selected academy athletes will receive enhanced skill and physical development coaching. They will also take part in selected core education and personal development seminars as part of a ‘whole’ player development philosophy.
In 2016 the program started with a two day camp at the Runaway Bay Super Sport Centre, followed by trainings each fortnight on Sundays 9am at Runaway Bay JRLC and Royal Pines Resort (RACV). Players were taken through an initial fitness screening to identify any weaknesses that would need to be improved.
The annual program runs from April through to September with regular squad training sessions focused on individual skill development. In addition to on-field training sessions and competition opportunities, athletes receive access to educational seminars to further their personal development off the playing field.