Kids enjoyed the 'Beyond the Nest' rugby league camp over the weekend.
Kids enjoyed the 'Beyond the Nest' rugby league camp over the weekend. Brenna Prendergast

Sport camp offers community benefits close to home

KIDS weren't the only ones benefiting from the 'Beyond the Nest' rugby league camp.

The camp, held over the weekend at the Murgon PCYC, taught the kids about leadership and fine-tuning their skills.

According to the South Burnett's game development officer Blake Mara, coaches from across the region joined in to learn the same.

"We had 15 local coaches who helped me run this camp, and we also had other coaches in the area jumping in to survey the camp. It's been a really good tool for people to come and learn some modern practices," he said.

"Not only new techniques and drills, but maybe new ways to communicate with your players to form rapport with them. That relationship between a player and a coach is very crucial, so it's important for both sides to experience that."

Because of the coach involvement, Mr Mara said the children responded very well.

"The kids are taking on the training really well. We also ran a few sessions prior to Christmas, so a lot of the kids have already had some of those sessions with the different coaches. Coming back really improves their ability to learn, and also their work ethic," he said.

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Mr Mara also said South Burnett families benefited from the camp being held in Murgon.

"Often for opportunities, kids have to travel far and pay much more costs to get a bit of experience and training, and families aren't always in the position to be able to do that," he said.

"This limits kids abilities to have these experiences, so we take great pride in bringing these experiences to the kids, making it affordable to break down those barriers.

"Having this training camp held locally in the South Burnett also helps build a community of support for the kids in their home region. We really want them to be proud to be from the South Burnett, and we want to give them the best opportunities that we can."

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