NRL game development officer Blake Mara talks about new training camp Beyond the Nest.
NRL game development officer Blake Mara talks about new training camp Beyond the Nest. Matt Collins

Rugby kids benefit from new camp in Murgon

THERE'S a new camp in town, and it's promoting leadership, work ethic, and skills to boost a child's rugby career.

Kids flocked to the Murgon PCYC to grasp the training opportunity from Friday to Sunday, January 18-20.

With the camp titled Beyond the Nest, South Burnett's game development officer Blake Mara said it's a great opportunity to help kids build their skills beyond community sport.

"We're really trying to give our area access to modern practices in Rugby League, so they were doing some wrestling indoors, in the gymnasium, they were doing yoga, and many other activities," he said.

"We had 55 kids here from the age of 13 through to 16. You don't have to be that skilled, you just had to be a registered player. It's a development camp, so it's not about elitism."

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Kids who joined in had the opportunity to witness impressive guest speakers over the weekend.

"We had the Australian super feather weight champion Liam Wilson out here to give them a chat about sacrifice in sport, and what you have to do to chase your sporting careers," Mr Mara said.

"We also had Lennie Curry, an ex-teacher and current game developer come out to do a leadership workshop with them."

Mr Mara said the camp was a great way to improve many different aspects of the children's skills.

"The three things we're trying to focus on in the camp for the boys is their core skill-base, which is the core skills of rugby league. We're trying to teach them about their work ethic, and how you're going to have to work hard to achieve the things you want to achieve," he said.

"The last bit is leadership, because we want them to be better leaders and team members. This training doesn't only help them be better footy players, but it makes them a better member of the community."

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