Age Group Camp Impresses

Age Group Camp Impresses

Nearly 50 Future Blues returned to the Blues High Performance Centre for their second camp day on 19 January.

In December, the 49 players from Northland, North Harbour and Auckland attended a one-day camp, along with their parents.

While the focus of the first day pre-Christmas, was on the off-field components of professional rugby, the second day in January honed in on physical testing as well as technical and tactical development.

The players from 24 schools across the region, underwent physical testing lead by Blues strength and conditioning coach Johnny Ryan, including the yoyo test along with speed and power testing.

The young players ran through three rotations with a focus on core skill development and mental skills coaches Kylie Wilson and Jhan Gavala, also addressed the group.

Post lunch the group had the opportunity to observe a Blues game-scenario session and spend time with players discussing position specific tips.

Blues Talent Identification and Development manager, Shane King, said he was impressed with the group.

“While the talent was obvious, we were particularly impressed with the work ethic and attitudes of the players which is improving every year and is a reflection of the high quality of the school programmes in our Blues region.”

The final camp for the Under 17 Development group will be in July during the Term 2 School Holidays.

Click here to see photos from the event.