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FESTIVAL IS A GREAT SUCCESS

11th December 2012, 11:37

FESTIVAL IS A GREAT SUCCESS

REGIONAL PERFORMANCE DAY SEES YOUNG WELSH PLAYERS PARADING THEIR POTENTIAL

MANY of Wales' brightest teenage players were at Builth Wells on Sunday (December 9) for the first of many festivals taking place at one of the new Wales Rugby League regional performance centres that have opened around the country.

 

Players from North, South, East and West came to Builth for the Under-14 event. The programme is designed to give young players access to specialist coaching on a local level with weekly sessions in a specific time period.

 

The players are then given an opportunity to play competitive games against each other, allowing them to put into practice what they have learnt from the Wales staff.

 

With the programme having been run for the first period, the players were eager to play their first competitive game and Sunday gave the healthy crowd a feast of action-packed rugby league.

 

The day kicked off with East Wales taking on North Wales with the East just edging what was a highly-competitive game.

 

This was followed by West against North, with the West running out winners with an impressive display of hard and fast rugby league.

 

That set up a final clash of East against West in what turned out to be an extremely tight game. With solid defence the order of the day, it took some slick handling from the East Wales half backs to prise open the first score only for the West to hit straight back through their forwards.

 

Possession see-sawed for the remainder of the game and it took a late score from the East to secure the win leaving them undefeated for the first festival.

 

Wales Head of Performance Dan Clements said: "Its been great to see the three teams compete today for the first time. For some of them, this would have been their first ever competitive game of rugby league and the potential all players have shown has been immense.

 

"This shows the programme is working, by offering a level of rugby league between the schools and clubs and the performance programme we are exposing players to specialist coaching and more competitive games. This will then benefit them further down the line in their rugby league careers."

 

The centres will now have a break over Christmas and January before kicking off again in 2013.