The Cronulla Sharks Skills Development Program provides opportunities to athletes in the Shire to take their Rugby League skills to another level.
Entering its fifth year, the program has been updated to have an intensive focus on tackling technique, safe body positioning and core skills. The program runs for 6 sessions over 6 weeks and is the perfect preparation for the upcoming Junior League season. It is ideal for both beginners as well as experienced players looking to further develop.
The program has been designed by Cronulla Sharks Academy and Talent Identification Manager Glenn Brailey. Glenn’s experience includes 9 years at the Cronulla Sharks where he currently oversees the entire Junior Reps Proram and has been directly involved with Harold Matthews, Winter Academy and Development squads. Glenn also has experience as Head Coach of the Samoa Women’s team and is the Head Coach of the Cronulla Sharks Harvey Norman Women’s team.
The program will also feature Cronulla Sharks star Shaun Johnson as the program ambassador and Jillaroo’s Corban McGregor, Tiana Penitani, Maddie Studdon as well as New Zealand Ferns player Kiana Takairangi who are onboard as program coaches. The program will include an array of coaches from the Sharks Academy program, giving participants the opportunity to access Sharks style coaching throughout the program.
The Cronulla Sharks are committed to providing this professional program to all juniors seeking to improve their skills and techniques in Rugby League. We believe safe and correct tackling technique is an important aspect to any Junior Rugby league player. This program ensures each participant is taught effective and safe techniques whilst being analysed by high level coaches to guarantee the outcomes of the program are achieved.
The program will conclude with a final session on PointsBet Stadium.
Key areas of the program include:
Pre-contact safe body positioning
Safe falling technique
Advanced Catch/Pass technique
Play the ball
Methods of evasion and running lines
Creating overlaps and using numbers
Exclusive Sharks Skills Development training shirt
Sharks Reefy Membership (includes backpack, sticker and 1 GA ticket)
Cronulla Sharks Cap
Session 1 – 2nd March
Session 2 – 9th March
Session 3 – 16th March
Session 4 – 23rd March
Session 5 – 30th March
Session 6 – 6th April @ PointsBet Stadium
Session Times (subject to change):
Time Slot 1 – 5pm - 6pm (G5-8 years old & B5-9- years old) TBC
Time Slot 2 – 6:15pm – 7:15pm (G10-12 years old & B10-12 years old) TBC
Sessions will be held at Greenhills playing fields, Kurnell.
Skill Development Program FAQ
In the case of wet weather, a call will be made at 2pm on the day of the session. If the session is cancelled, participants will receive an email from the Sharks, if there is no correspondence from the Sharks, the session is assumed on.
Typical squad size is 10-14 players though at certain times we will work with smaller groups to fast track skill development.
Players will generally train in groups of the same age though for certain activities players will be grouped by skill.
General enquiries, please contact - Alexander Biceski – Abiceski@sharks.com.au