Grafton Ghosts academy players representing all the age groups involved.
Grafton Ghosts academy players representing all the age groups involved.

Ghosts academy a huge success

THE inaugural Grafton Ghosts Junior Rugby League Academy wrapped up for the year recently.

While the last session was washed out, it was the only blemish on a fantastic program for local junior footballers.

The academy has exceeded expectations and has been described as a great success. The response from players was outstanding with more than 40 players involved every Thursday afternoon for the past two and a half months.

The concept of the academy was to provide local players the opportunity to participate in a program that delivered a high level of coaching, with the emphasis on player development in core rugby league skills and athletic attributes.

The program received input not only from local coaches but also from Country Rugby League Development and the NRL’s Gold Coast Titans. Coaches involved in the program included co-ordinator Shaun Davison, Warwick Brown, first grade coach Col Speed, first grade players Aaron Hartmann and Ryan Farrell and the highly regard athletics coach Terry West.

While the coaching being delivered was of the highest standard, what made the academy such a success was the commitment and attitude of the players. The academy resumes in February when the boys will be guests of the Titans.



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