15th February 2012, 13:06
South Wales Scholarship launch 2012
Wales Rugby League recently held their presentation evening for their
Wales Rugby League recently held their presentation evening for their under 15 and under 16 South Wales Scholarship players and parents at the Sport Wales National Centre in Cardiff.
With Wigan Warriors staff present, both squads gathered to hear a presentation on the scholarship programme and what the next steps are for them as a player. This was also an opportunity for Andy Coley, the Wigan Warriors, Wales Rugby League partnership manager to talk about the assistance that the Super League club are giving them.
Following recent trials at both age groups, two strong squads have been finalised to go forward for 2012. With the majority of the players having been a part of the winter High Performance Unit, the trials gave the opportunity for players new to the game to become a part of the scholarship programme.
In addition to the small presentation, the youngsters were given nutritional guidance and there was a presentation of certificates to mark their achievements.
Also, with the Carnegie Challenge Cup trophy on hand, it was a great opportunity for the players to get a photo up close.
Head of Performance for Wales Rugby League, Dan Clements said: "We wanted to start a culture that rewarded the players for their achievements to date but also give them and their families as much information as possible about what to expect when joining the scholarship programme. This evening met those goals and proved to be a great success.
"To have Andy Coley on hand to speak directly to the players and parents about the Wigan Warriors support really added to the occasion in that it let them see first-hand what the scholarship programme and the link with Wigan meant and what could be done to help them.
"The players have worked hard to get to this point, and all the coaching staff are looking forward to the next part of their development."
Andy Coley, Wigan Warriors Wales Liaison Manager, said: "It was a real privilege to meet all the young players at the launch and who knows one day some of these may progress through the system to play professional Rugby League at Wigan Warriors. This is a wonderful pathway and a great opportunity for them to start their careers."