NSW VB Blues Coach Laurie Daley visited the South Western Sydney Academy of Sport last week to mentor players ahead of the 2014 Harold Matthews campaign.
Daley was joined by NSWRL CEO, David Trodden and, Executive Director of the Academy, Gerry Knights, said Daley and Trodden provided some valuable insight into high performance aspects of Rugby League.
“Daley’s energy, along with that of the head of NSW Rugby League, CEO David Trodden was amazing”, said Knights.
“They were exceedingly generous with the amount of time they spent with the boys and expounded great enthusiasm in everything they did.”
Trodden reinforced the importance of the south west Sydney region to the ongoing development of Rugby League and commended the Academy, and its program partner the Wests Tigers, for their excellent junior development efforts over past years.
He also reinforced the NSW Rugby League’s total ongoing commitment to the Academy and its programs.
Daley said the NSWRL administered Harold Matthews Cup competition is recognised as the best Under 16 Rugby League competition in the world and the players should be proud of their selection achievements.
“The boys were totally taken with Daley and with the individual interest and time he spent with the players, with a number of them laughingly saying they would not wash the hand they shook with Daley,” Knights added.
“The feedback for attending parents regarding Daley’s address was glowing.”
The Academy’s first of four trails will be against the touring Under 17 Western Australian representative team, in a lead up to the competitions commencement on February 15.
For more information regarding upcoming games visit the Academy website swsas.org.au or contact its administration centre on 4627 7622.