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Invitation to footy’s fast lane

Monday, 21st November, 2011

FAST TRACK: Seventeen-year-olds Jarrod Burcher, Lachie Jenkin, Zayden White, Nathan Kickett and Jake Gepp have all been taking part in the AFL NSW/ACT Talented Player Program. FAST TRACK: Seventeen-year-olds Jarrod Burcher, Lachie Jenkin, Zayden White, Nathan Kickett and Jake Gepp have all been taking part in the AFL NSW/ACT Talented Player Program.

By Darrin Manuel

 Aspiring Under 18 football players are invited to take their game to a new level by taking part in the AFL NSW/ACT Talented Player Program (TPP).

The program provides specialised training for players and opens pathways to representative football and the local GWS Giants Academy.

The TPP group started training around two weeks ago, and coach Dale Tonkin said there was still plenty of room for players who are looking to take their game to the next level.

“We’re seeking any boys in the Under 18 age group that would like to come out and develop their game,” he said.

“We’ll look to enhance and develop their game. We’re basically in the business of nurturing talent and giving everyone an opportunity to showcase their abilities at a higher level.”

Players will have the chance to show their wares at the Zone Trials in Narrandera on December 16, where a combined Broken Hill-Wentworth side will take on other teams from around the region.

Standout players can then be selected for the Zone Championships, and later the NSW State team to compete at the prestigious National Carnival.

The combined games also give players the opportunity to get a clear indication of where they stand in relation to other players around the State.

“Playing at those higher levels is a real opportunity in seeing how their skills and abilities stand up against greater pressure,” Mr Tonkin said.

“It’s also a great foundation to work from leading into their season proper, and they forge friendships with other players that that they wouldn’t normally meet.”

The TPP group train at the West Football Club from 5pm every Monday.

Mr Tonkin said players who may be apprehensive about the workload involved in such a program should not be discouraged.

“Our running sessions have been completed, we’re now focusing on skill development and decision making.”

 

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