Junior representative camp
More than 150 of Queensland’s next generation of touch football stars are headed for the Sunshine Coast this weekend.
Junior Cowboys, Broncos and Titans teams, in Under 14 and Under 16 boys and girls divisions, were selected following the Junior State Championships in August last year, under a new concept aimed at widening the talent pool of junior players in the state.
Teams were selected from within the boundaries of the existing Elite 8 permits – Cowboys from North and Central Queensland, Broncos from Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast, and Titans from Southern and South West Queensland.
QTF Performance and Pathways Manager Peter Bell said the concept had been introduced in 2018 to expose more junior players to elite level coaching.
“We want to be able to convert more kids to our junior representative program, and expose them to training and coaching, and more development opportunities,” he said.
“It’s not just the players, but we are also developing coaches at this level using our national and Elite 8-level coaches.”
Current Australian Women’s Open players Lizzie Campbell and Hayley Maddick will open the camp at Currimundi on Friday night, speaking about their journeys and what it takes to be an elite level player.
“We want provide these young players with an incentive to go to the next level, and ensure they understand the pathway and opportunities available to them coming out of their regions,” Bell said.
The weekend will comprise intensive skills sessions, followed by round robin games, and each player will receive an informal report card following the camp.