Bulls Academy – in its inaugural year in 2016
The Bulls Academy is specifically focused on the skill development of both Players and Coaching groups who through a selection process over about 6 weeks have been ear marked for future success in our Club.
The Bulls Academy is charged with opening up the mind sets of both Player and Coaches to new ideas, improved training programmes, skill development drills specifically focused and relating to 12 and 13 year old playing groups as well as all Coaches that are showing the Club some talent in this very important mentoring role in our Club.
The elite programme is run by ex NRL Junior and Senior Representative Coaching Mentors and through their many years of exposure in these programmes are delivering and exposing the Players and Coaches to what is required at the next level. We run a 6 week program for the Players once a week for 2 hours testing the Players and Coaches in many areas such as Conditioning, Fitness, Strength, Skill Development, Defensive Techniques, game simulation Drills, Hydration and Diet programmes while at the same time and most importantly of all having some fun together as a Club and a Group.
Our Coaches are on board with the programme for a few extra weeks before the Players arrive so that we can “coach the coach” on what we are looking to achieve for all parties involved.
Each Player is given a specific and unique Membership number in the program and one that will never be used again so as to give the players some pride in their place in this exciting elite program.
The class of 2016 our first year have benefited greatly from the program and it is great to see many of the Players and Coaches having very successful years this year and I am sure the Bulls Academy has played some role in preparing these Men for success, which is justification that the program is working already, even after one year!
The Bulls Academy will be back bigger and better as a result of many learnings to the program moving forward and we will be fine tuning all sections of the program and membership each year, we will create a culture of Personal Growth, Mateship, Club loyalty and giving back to our Community, these are non-negotiables in terms of our Goals for the Bulls Academy.