A total of 54 players aged between 11-16yrs attended the very successful camp held March 8-10 at Camp Adair Hunua. Helping the Football Development staff, were 7 volunteer club coaches, 5 players from the Junior Vulcans squad and special guest coaches/speakers Tony Iro (Kiwis Assistant Coach & NZRL High Performance Mananger) & Dean Watkins (NZRL Coaching Officer) and also former Kiwi, Peter Brown (NRL accredited agent).
Friday evening the players checked in, were taken through the camp expectations, brainstormed personal goals for ‘On & off the field’, did several tasks to get to know each other, completed a burma trail through dense bush then bed and lights out 10.30pm sharp to get some important sleep for a 6am wake up for a massive next day.
Alot gets packed into the Saturday plus with the hot weather continuing it was always going to be hard. The players were put through physical warm up exercises and ball drills in line with correct procedures simulated on game day. After breakfast the players had a short break then rotated through 5 fitness testing stations (yo-yo test, 40m sprint, RL agility, single leg jump, press ups). The tests were aimed to expose and prepare players to correct testing procedures and also to benchmark themselves against national standards from Zone Hearts Camps. The groups also repeated basic ball handling skills and dynamic stretch routines to emphasis the need to consistently do the basics correctly.
Early Sunday morning the players again repeated basic drills of grip, catch, pass, carry and tackle technique.
To close the camp out Peter Brown provided tips and advice to the players and parents on player managers, why education is so important and the reality of how few go on the play a professional career. Then to formally acknowledge the players hard work, skills and recognise their attitude we held a prize-giving along with the parents in attendance.
The volunteer coaches and Junior Vulcans players handed out a range of prizes to about a dozen players who impressed them during the camp. All players were presented with Achievement Certificates. The Top Overall award winners each recieved the ARL Centenial Book, a trophy and will also be invited to the Instant Finance JETS Elite Camp later in November this year.
Top U/12 Performer: Tamihana Ramsay, Pukekohe RLFC
Top U/13 Performer: Ronaldo Feau, Ellerslie RLFC
Top U/14 Performer: Karaitiana Wells-Moeke, Mt Albert RLFC
Best Overall: Ronaldo Feau, Ellerslie RLFC
On behalf of ARL we would like to acknowledge and thank;
- The attending players, parents and clubs for their support
- Instant Finance for their Sponsorship support
- The Junior Vulcan players; (Richard Timoti, Viliami Moala, Logan Yates, Michael Uluakiola, Fuiamamao Uta)
- Volunteer Coaches; Kyle Bos, David Kemble, John Boyd, James Hema, Barry Togiaheulu, Kasper Rahiri
- Cooks; Pat Carthy, Wally Green, Juanita Woodhouse
- YMCA Camp Aadir for their great facilities and instructors
Check out the ARL Facebook page for more camp photos
INSTANT FINANCE PROVIDES A BOOST FOR
AUCKLAND’S FUTURE LEAGUE STARS
The future of Rugby League in Auckland is being given a boost by Instant Finance, thanks to its sponsorship of the Junior Educational Training (JETS) Camps for the region’s up and coming young League stars.
Established in 1998, the JETS player development Camps provide targeted elite players, aged between 12 and 14 years,with the opportunity to receive coaching from Warriors coaching staff, first grade players and New Zealand Kiwis. And it’s not all about drills and skills. Players also participate in sessions on goal setting, attitude and leadership.
Some of New Zealand’s most successful League players, including Stacey Jones, Awen Guttenbeil and Monty Bethamhad their first taste of specialist training at the JETS Camps.
Football Development Manager for Auckland League, Duane Mann, said: “Our goal is to provide an opportunity for young talent to grow and improve, both ‘on and off the field’.
“The Instant Finance JETS Camps help to instil a positive attitude, strong character, work ethic, values and discipline in young players. Our aim is to develop young men who are not only great League players but who can also contribute positively to their communities.
CEO of Instant Finance, Mr Richard de Lautour, said: “The Instant Finance JETs Camps are a fantastic opportunity for young League players to build on their skills and personalattributes. We are delighted to be involved with sponsoring these Camps and look forward to following the careers of these young players as they develop into the future stars of League in New Zealand.”
For more information on the JETs Camps, please visit
Auckland Rugby League
Football Development Manager
Our philosophy is “to provide opportunity for young talent to grow and improve”
Age Grade: 12’s, 13’s, 14’s & 15’s.
The Instant Finance JETS Programme is aimed at helping advance players basic rugby league skills, develop greater game awareness and to increase overall self-confidence on and off the field. The programme is designed for any player to particiapte within the above age groups.
The Instant Finance JETS brand stands for Junior Educational Training System:
Covering the International Grades of Youth Football (i.e. Under 12’s – Under 15s)
The emphasis is on learning and skill development for both our players and coaches in a positive environment. Course content will also contain elements of personal development and social responsibility where issues like decision making, leadership, nutrition and goal setting are addressed.
Sessions will be prepared to address issues ranging from developing basic skills, to improving fitness levels and game awareness.
The structure under which progress from initial exposure to the programme through to mentoring and tracking performance over the season.
Coaches / Instructors
ARL staff facilitate sessions along with the support of targeted coaches, trainers, managers and specialist guest presenters.
Approximately 25 players from each age group have the opportunity to attend the annual weekend live-in Instant Finance JETS Camp usually held in early March. Applications can be downloaded from the webiste or made via a players club. Becasue of the venue size, participation is restricted to 100 players across the age group.
Current basic skills manual plus fitness testing, nutrition, goal setting, leadership, attitude, decision making and player responsibility in a representative environment.
We will during the course of fitness testing, basic skills coaching and course presentations compile profiles on each player detailing what they have completed and to what level of competence.
- Players have improved performance of basic skills;
- Players have a better understanding of game awareness;
- Players have a higher level of self-confidence and positive attitude;
- Players enjoy the challenge of sport, health and passion for rugby league.
J.E.T.S Honour Board
If you have look at the J.E.T.S Honour Board for the MVPs of the various age groups through out the years, it shows the calibre of the players coming through the system.
Those players listed from 2002 – 2005 have all played at NYC or Queensland Cup level with a number of them having already made their debut in the NRL and many more in the first grade squad for the 2012 squad.
|Year||Under 12s||Under 13s||Under 14s|
|2003||Ben Murdoch Masilla
|Leeson Ah Mau
|Ben Mariu James
If you have any queries contact Football Development Manager Duane Mann on (09) 571 2000 or
021 712 231.