Rugby League

Program Overview

The Gold Coast Academy of Sport (GCAS), is pleased to offer a Rugby League program to the young boys and girls on the Gold Coast at the end of the year. It is focused on providing athletes who have been identified by their prospective clubs with further education and skill development.   These talented players along with coaches and support staff will be guided along a development pathway to Gold Coast Junior Representatives teams. This program will be an introduction to a pre-season program early in 2025. 

The Academy is focused on engaging with young players to improve their skill level and educate them further on how they can improve their overall game.   Athletes will also take part in an education program with professional presenters on specific topics that will enhance their approach to training and competition in various aspects of Nutrition, preparation and thinking. The ‘whole’ player is becoming a development philosophy which is being promoted.

An orientation meeting will be held to inform of all aspects of the program and followed by trainings once a week for the period of the program.   The annual program runs will normally be conducted July through to September.

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Selection Process

Academy athletes are nominated by their clubs from within the Gold Coast region for inclusion in the program.  Should families with athletes interested in the program wish to express interest, please do not hesitate to contact the Academy. 

Pathway

This program is aimed to provide talented young players and support staff with a clearly defined pathway to progress their skills and knowledge into junior representative teams.

Eligibility

The Gold Coast Academy of Sport Rugby League program consists of junior players (14 and 16 years of age).  The group normally comprises of approximately 25 players plus coaching staff.

Athletes who are accepted as an Academy athlete are encouraged to attend compulsory training/educational sessions as scheduled to gain full benefit.

Athlete Benefits

The program levy includes uniform kit of polo shirt, training shirt and training shorts.  (socks)

  • Access to further educational opportunities provided by GCAS.
  • Access to attend educational seminars, presentations and special events through the GCAS.
  • Access to the GCAS TeamApp online system for streamlined communication opportunities with coaches and ease of access to additional information and resources from the GCAS.
  • Athletes and parents are also invited to the end of year Awards night where all players are recognised for their involvement.

Selected athletes receive on-field training, skill development, education, personal development and the opportunity to represent the Gold Coast Academy of Sport against invited squads.