Cumbrian Regional Academy praised
One of the North West’s leading coaches has described the Cumbrian Regional Academy and the associated Embed The Pathway programme as “the best things to happen to Rugby League in the region in years.”
The Embed The Pathway coaching programme, which begins this week and runs until August, will be supported by the Cumbrian Regional Academy, and aims to develop the sport's young players of the future.
The new initiative will be based at Seaton Rangers and St Benedict’s Secondary School in the north and Barrow Island and Askam in the south, and newly-appointed Workington Town assistant coach Jonty Gorley believes the benefits for the sport in Cumbria are immense.
Gorley coached with the Cumbrian Regional Academy since its inception in 2011 and believes the Embed The Pathway programme will have a similar effect on young players and coaches.
“I was involved with the Academy for three seasons and I learned so much during my time there,” said Gorley. “It’s a great set-up for both coaches and players, the support you get is fantastic. But that’s just one part of it.
“More importantly, the Academy and the Embed The Pathway initiative are great routes for young players to make it in the game.
“There’s a clear career progression route for those who are good enough to see that they can make it all the way to Super League.
“The programme is superb. It’s one of the best things that has happened to Rugby League in Cumbria for years.”
RFL Regional Performance Coach for Cumbria Dave Clark said: “We provide a healthy environment for the players to learn about the skills of Rugby League and give them the education that young players need in terms of what’s expected of them.
“We aid their development and prepare them for the next level. We run a strength and power programme which educates players on fundamental body movements and teaches them on how to move correctly.
“Players and coaches are both given a route into the professional game as we’ve seen with Jonty. It helps develop their coaching philosophy and teaches them about the environment and provides support for them.
“The ratio of players to coaches is good, but it’s always nice to get more coaches involved. The door is always open to anyone wanting to take part.”
For more information on how coaches can become involved in Embed The Pathway please contact RFL Regional Performance Coach for Cumbria Dave Clark on 07540 636516.