Talented regional athletes descend on Scully Park for League Squad Session

Budding league stars of the New England North West region will head to Scully Park in Tamworth this Friday 14 October at 5pm for a NIAS Rugby League Squad Session, inspired by the recent NRL & NRLW Grand Final matches.

This final training session is a continuation of instruction over past months, helping players continue to develop their technical skills, and will assist in accessing future pathways and transitioning to higher levels of competition and performance.

The League Squad Session is a program of the Northern Inland Academy of Sport (NIAS), a community-based organisation dedicated to identifying regional talent and preparing talented sportspeople within the region to reach their potential, on and off the field.

NIAS CEO Shona Eichorn said the session will be led by NIAS Coaches James Cooper and Jake McManus.

“Both James and Jake are talented footballers having recent success with the North Tamworth Bears with a win in the Group 4 Grand Final. James and Jake have a wonderful ability to relate to the young athletes - particularly in the way they can pass on the technical skill required to be successful in rugby league, and the passion they both have for the game to be played in the best spirit.”

“This is a fantastic opportunity for the young NIAS athletes to have a run on the excellent field that is Scully Park - the venue for the recent NRL match between the Sharks and the Tigers.”

The evening will conclude with an important resilience and athlete mental health session with Peter Annis- Brown from Manage Health, which will provide athletes with vital skills and tools which they can then use on and off field.

“Pete Annis-Brown was CEO of NIAS for 15 years,” Mrs Eichorn said. “He is a highly experienced and qualified health training professional and Mental Health First Aid instructor who has delivered courses to high level business, medical, education and community organisations. The boys will certainly benefit from his session.”