Junior Cowboys learn from senior players
Thursday 13 December 2012 11:10 AM
The youngest Cowboys met up with the most senior ones for a unique early morning training run at Cowboys HQ on Thursday.
Twenty-six North Queensland scholarship holders, who have been in camp since Monday, had the chance to not only train alongside the NRL squad but also take part in a Q&A session with State of Origin representative Brent Tate.
Aged 14 and 15, the young footballers are in the first stages of their development in the Cowboys system which hopefully will see them progress into the NYC under-20s squad when they finish school and then become NRL players.
Assistant coach Terry Matterson took charge of Thursday morning’s training which featured skills games before the NRL squad split off to conduct a physical conditioning session.
“It’s been really beneficial for them to spend a week at our facilities,” Matterson said.
“They’ve been able to mix and train with our coaches and players.
“It’s a great opportunity for us to spend some time with them and have a look at them and for those guys to come together and see what we do here.
“I don’t think there are many other clubs who are able to do what we do with these kids.
“It’s something that’s fairly unique to the Cowboys.”
During the week, the scholarship holders have had on-field time with head coach Neil Henry and NYC coach Todd Wilson, defence training with NRL assistant coach Peter Ryan and weights/fitness training with the Cowboys’ high performance unit, led by Paul Bowman.
There have also been sessions on the importance of nutrition and understanding social media.
The scholarship holders are predominantly from North and Central Queensland and take part in monthly academy sessions in their home region conducted by player development manager Dean Payne.
They will head home with a broader rugby league knowledge on Friday.