Former NRL head coach Rick Stone is bringing professional level Rugby League skills training to Goulburn.
Stone revealed he was still involved in rugby league, working in a part-time role for the Roosters as their Central Coast coaching-and-pathways coordinator.
NEW GOALS: Former Newcastle Knights coach Rick Stone has embraced new opportunities since leaving the club last season.
“The Roosters in the last couple of years have linked with Wyong in the NSW Cup, but they’ve also put a lot of time and resources into the local competition on the Central Coast, and also the junior rep teams,’’ Stone said.
“This is the first year I’ve been involved. Particularly with the 18s and 16s program, I’m monitoring that and how we can improve it, and trying to identify good kids for them.
“I’ll be looking at kids from 13s to 18s, and I’ll help out a bit with the NSW Cup side, Wyong, and do a couple of days a week down there with them.’’
Despite his commitments with Wyong and the Roosters, Stone still keeps a keen eye on the Knights, which is hardly surprising, given that his sons Ben and Sam are in their NSW Cup and under-20s teams respectively.
Stone has also launched DNA Sports Coaching which includes delivering junior coaching clinics with former Canberra and St George Illawarra hooker Simon Woolford and former Premiership Captain and Dally M Player of the Year Matt Orford.
With his knowledge and passion, Rick still feels he has something to offer in rugby league, hence his decision to launch DNA Sports Coaching.
DNA will hold a clinic for boys and girls aged 8 – 16 years for 3 hours each day at North Park, Goulburn, from 11 to 14 July.
“We’re trying to give younger kids an insight into what an NRL training session would look like,’’ Stone said.
“Once kids get into junior rep level, there is plenty of quality coaching.
“But for the kids who aren’t at that level, we’re hoping we can help advance them and accelerate their progress a little bit.’’
During the 4 days we focus on foundation skills such as catch, carry, pass, tackle, then progress through game awareness, communication and strategy and decision making. Most of all we instill a sense of fun into the program as we believe strongly in the need for the kids to have fun and enjoy the game.
We’ve been heartened by the positive responses from both the children attending and the parents at our previous clinics and are excited to bring our program to the country.
“I’ve heard there are some great young players in the Goulburn district and we look forward to working with them in July” said Stone.
For more information, please visit www.dnasportscoaching.com