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The Gold Coast Titans are getting behind their community and junior rugby league as well as supporting the QRL RISE program for aspiring elite juniors.

There are more than 50 junior rugby league clubs across the Gold Coast and Northern Rivers catchment areas and this year the focus is on safety to give the best on-field experience possible for footballing youth.

All kids 5+ are welcomed and encouraged to learn the skills of rugby league, make new friends and of course, have fun!

Head to playrugbyleague.com and follow the prompts to find your local club and register.

QRL Open Applications for 'RISE' Player Development Program

Queensland Rugby League is encouraging aspirational junior players to register for the RISE player development program.

The exciting initiative will provide successful applicants with exposure to quality coaching over the course of five training sessions and competitive matches.

The program is open to male and female players who are 13 to 15 years of age, and are currently registered to a junior rugby league club.

Nineteen centres – from the Gold Coast in the southeast to Cairns in the north – are now preparing to welcome participants as part of the changes announced to statewide pathways for participants in October.

Training sessions, which commence in April, will be spread throughout the duration of the rugby league season to support development.

Program content will focus on the following three key areas of player development:

  • Technical and tactical skill development – aimed at developing players’ core skills and decision-making ability
  • Physical development – players will learn about safe and effective techniques to enhance their physical capability including strength, speed, and endurance
  • Socio-emotional development – Under the guidance of professionals from Griffith University and the Menzies Institute, players will develop tools to help them with challenges
  • Additional online resources and accreditations are available to all players as well.

After a successful coach and support staff application period, the calibre of coaching personnel involved in the program is growing by the day.

Former Intrust Super Cup coach Aaron Zimmerle and English Super League coach Shane McNally have committed to the program, along with ex-National Rugby League player Jack Reed and Jillaroos assistant coach Jamie Feeney.

Along with providing new openings for coaches, the program also provides opportunities for key support staff, including physical development coaches, sports trainers and program managers, to upskill and hone their craft.

QRL senior pathways and performance manager Brett Jones said more than 2000 aspirational players across the state were expected to participate.

For more information and to apply click here.