QUEENSLANDERS: Blake Mara with State of Origin coach, Kevin Walters
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South Burnett coaches to learn from Broncos

SOUTH Burnett rugby league coaches will head to Brisbane Broncos headquarters later this month to learn from the greats.

NRL game development officer for Central Queensland, Blake Mara said the Broncos trip on December 11 would be invaluable.

"The trip will be validation for the coaches, the players and their parents that what we are doing is working," he said.

"We can go to the parents and say 'you know all that work we have been doing with your kids, the Broncos have looked at it and they have given it the tick of approval'," he said.

Joining Mara on the Broncos trip will be South Burnett development coordinators, Scott Prendergast and Carl Braithwaite.

"It'll be a good experience for them as well as a good reward for all the time and effort they have put in with the kids," he said.

"I think if people in the community can see the type of rewards you can get when you volunteer that extra time, it will grow our volunteer base."

The South Burnett coaches will meet up with the Brisbane Broncos junior development and recruitment coaches.

"We'll chat with blokes like Paul Dyer who was the coach of the Broncos women's NRL side that won the comp this year," Mara said.

"These sorts of guys are very knowledgeable in junior development so we are pretty excited to see what they have to say."

Mara said the qualities he looked for in a player was less about their talent and more about the person.

"If we can develop our coaches to have a high standard of expectation in training and the way they carry themselves, I envisage that will be the types of habits the players pick up," he said.

"That way we become role models for them."

South Burnett

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