Kids out in force for Titans coaching clinic
Rugby League was the winner as the Gold Coast Titans hosted a capacity 350 youngsters for a Kids to Kangaroos school holiday coaching clinic at Pizzey Park, Miami.by NRL
Rugby League was the winner as the Gold Coast Titans hosted a capacity 350 youngsters for a Kids to Kangaroos school holiday coaching clinic at Pizzey Park, Miami.
The home of Titans feeder club Burleigh Bears was transformed to a sea of Titans blue as boys and girls aged from 5-12 took part in a range of different rugby league activities and coaching drills under the guidance of their Titans heroes.
The growing popularity of the annual Gold Coast Kids to Kangaroos event has made it the largest of its kind in Australia, with the clinic having the integrated support of the Titans and South East Queensland Rugby League Development units (ARLD and QRL).
Jetstar Titans Coach John Cartwright said it was great to see so many aspiring youngsters enjoying themselves and getting involved in rugby league.
"It's fantastic - it gets bigger and bigger every year this day at Burleigh,'' said Cartwright.
"There's over 300 kids here and it's never a problem getting the players to enjoy their time out there. You just have to look out there on the field ? a lot of the players are big kids themselves.''
Jetstar Titans Captain Scott Prince said the players appreciated the change in environment, with the squad holding a training session in front of the youngsters before showing them a few tips out on the field.
"It's a great turnout and it's good to see all the kids turn up here at Pizzey Park. It was an open session too so all the boys look forward to these days where the fans can get involved and cheer from the sidelines,'' said Prince.
Jetstar Titans Game Development Manager Renee Cohen said the annual clinic was a great opportunity for both young aspiring rugby league players and today's stars to mingle in a fun environment.
"This is a fantastic opportunity for the kids to get involved and have a bit of fun playing football and also meeting some of their favourite players,'' said Cohen.
"The players love it, it's good for them to get out there and meet some of their fans and see some of the kids that just love them so much. It's great to see the smiles on the kids' faces but also the players' faces as well.
"This clinic sells out every year and as you can see you can't fit any more kids on that field. If we could make it any bigger we would but we want to make sure that we provide quality programs and coaching so we just like to keep it at a level that everyone can have a good time.''
ARLD National Development Officer Peter Reeves said children had travelled from far and wide to attend today's event.
"It's great for the young kids of the Gold Coast and even kids from Northern NSW, Brisbane and Ipswich have travelled all the way down today to meet their heroes,'' said Reeves.
"It's a fantastic day, the sun is out, the kids are out having a great time and there are smiles everywhere.''
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