The NEGS Rugby Program is designed to develop female rugby students 12 to 18 years of age, in a school environment.
The NEGS Rugby Program is not a participation program and is aimed at producing top level athletes as they move forward in their Rugby skill development. The program will run for the 4 school terms each year, commencing in 2019.
Players will participate in twice weekly on field training sessions delivered by NEGS Rugby Coaches, and participate in weekly strength and conditioning sessions. Established programs with nutritionists and sports psychologists will also assist athletes throughout the program.
Coaching staff will also provide athlete skill identification and Individual Player Plans (IPP) for all students to identify areas for improvement during the program.
The program is administered and delivered by qualified NEGS Rugby Coaches.
The development of girls’ rugby received a boost today with the announcement of a new Talented Athlete Programme to be implemented at NEGS.
NSW Rugby and the UNE Lions have committed to supporting the programme and will provide specialist coaching to support NEGS coaches and young players. Trials for the new programme will be held on 26 November 2018 ready for full implementation in 2019.
NEGS will also be building a state-level standard rugby field to facilitate professional tournaments and visiting schools and clubs in the region.
NSW Rugby Development Manager, Andrew Hill, said this was fantastic news for the development of Rugby at the girl’s boarding school, and the region.
“NSW Rugby is committed to increasing the profile of women’s rugby, and a key part of the NEGS programme is to identify and assist talented athletes in regional areas reach their potential,” Mr Hill said.
Director UNE Life David Schmude said the partnership would provide NEGS Rugby Program athletes the opportunity to access representative pathways and specialist coaching close to home.
“Supporting partnerships such as this one between NEGS and the UNE Lions, helps student athletes reach their full sporting potential whilst continuing their studies in regional NSW. Through access to top NSW Rugby and UNE Lions high performance staff and facilities right at their door step, the pathway to representative teams such as the UNE Lions and Australian Pearls has never been clearer.”
Students from years 7 to 12 will be eligible to attend the trials both from NEGS, around Australia and internationally. Those successful in making it into the year-round rugby union program will receive intensive training and skills development delivered to them as current and newly enrolled NEGS students.
NEGS Director of Sports, Josh Cohen, says all players will be given the best possible rugby experience. “Our ethos is all-inclusive, and we aim to give as many of our students and talented players from around NSW, the opportunity to develop their rugby skills at a competitive level.
For NEGS students and Talented Athletes in the programme to have access to specialist coaches, on site facilities and support to attend regional and state-wide competitions is a huge boon for girls’ rugby in the New England/North West.
We are also pleased to announce that we will be entering the Independent Girls’ Schools Rugby Sevens Competition in Sydney in 2019. Having this opportunity to compete against the large Sydney schools is a first, and will further enhance the development of their rugby,” Mr Cohen concluded.
Principal, Mrs Mary Anne Evans says the school values the support of NSW Rugby as it marks the achievement of a key milestone in line with NEGS’ Strategic Plan.
“We are committed to diversifying in areas where we see positive impacts. Engaging in a wide diversity of co-curricular activities is deeply embedded at NEGS and a unique aspect to our School.”