Embed the Pathway – A Huge Success

17th February, 2017

Wakefield Trinity Community Department have been busy throughout half term with their award winning Embed the Pathway programme.

The week kicked off on Monday evening here at then Beaumont Legal Stadium with 30 community coaches from around the district attend a CPD workshop hosted by the England RL national talent development team. This was the first of three planned workshops that will see all attendees accredited as England RL player development coaches.

On Tuesday 14th February, 65 budding rugby league players attended the u12/13s (yr7/8) Open Access day at Sandal Rugby Union ground, where the young players were introduced to series of skill enhancement drills and short sided games that allows the players to express their own qualities but also enables them to gain a taste of what standards are required within a professional environment.

The following day the u14s (yr9) were put through their paces at Crofton Community Centre as the Wakefield Trinity Youth Development team hosted a series of strength & conditioning drills followed by Skills and conditioned games.

Both days were attended by over 100 players represented from 12 different community rugby league clubs with one individual making a 120 mile round trip all the way from Nottingham!

Wakefield Trinity’s ETP Lead, James Stephenson said, “It was touch and go if we were able to run these days with the poor weather over last weekend putting our field here at the Stadium out of bounds.

“Fortunately we were able to secure the two venues on Tuesday and Wednesday to enable these important days to take place. We have seen some exceptional skill on show over the last couple of days and we have all been really impressed and enjoyed working with these young rugby league stars, who have been a credit to their respective clubs.

“We hope that all the players who attended can now take away the tips and advice we have given them to help better their individual skills and improve their game. We look forward to the next set of days that will be coming up soon and in the meantime representatives from Wakefield Trinity will be coming along to their community club games to see how they are progressing”.

The award-winning Embed the Pathway programme is part of the England RL talent pathway and aims to increase the number of quality 12-14 year old Rugby League players and above with ETP 14+. CPD & Accreditation for coaches, teachers, schools and clubs through the education and training. The programme of Coach Education, Inclusive Player Profiling and 24 sessions can be used and adapted to meet the needs of all young players.

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