VIDEO: NRL Clinic
Tweed head seagulls, one of the TFH Gold Coast Titans QRL feeder clubs hosted today NRL School holiday clinic with over one hundred junior rugby league stars of the future, making the most of their school holidays and spending a few hours with the Titans players.
Half back Ash Taylor is certainly a fan favourite at all clinics, saying he enjoys the sessions almost as much as the kids do.
"For some of the kids here today it's all about enjoying the holidays and getting out and having fun with their friends, but some certainly have dreams of playing in the NRL just like I did a few years ago and hopefully one day one of these kids can take out jersey when we pass them on" Taylor said.
"They are the future of our game, and it's really important that we give them these days because it gives them the hope that there is an NRL dream available for them here on the Gold Coast"
Run in conjunction with the NRL, school holiday coaching clinics are a staple of the Titans Community programs, Community engagement manager Darren Robb saying the reaction from participants when they see their heroes is always the same.
"When the kids first see the players, their eyes just light up and it's all excitement, that experience of seeing someone that they watch playing rugby league on TV up close and in the flesh is just fantastic for everyone" said Robb
Training sessions during the early part of the week have been especially tough as the Titans prepare to face a red-hot Cronulla sharks outfit at CBUS Super Stadium this Saturday, but it didn't stop the players from getting involved in the clinics various drills.
"The players were here, and they joined in some of the activities and they also got some photos and autographs with the boys which was fantastic, and they also got to watch the players engage in a big heavy training session"
"These kids are the reason why we play footy, to give back to the juniors and encourage as many kids as possible to be active and to get outside and play footy"
Taylor hopes to see many of today's participants at the Sharks Game this Saturday with the special ANZAC Round clash kicking off at a family friendly time of 5:30pm. Get your ticket now
"We are hoping to get some more supporters at Cbus, we really want to fill the stadium and it would be great to have a few more from down here in the tweed area"
The Tweed Heads Seagulls clinic was proudly supported by Coles in the Tweed Mall who kindly provided the days food for all participants.
Kids also left with a fantastic holiday pack and two tickets to a TFH Gold Coast Titans home game this season.