The Sydney Roosters junior playing squads have commenced their pre-season training programs ahead of the upcoming 2020 season.
These are the development programs that a number of our current NRL stars went through to learn their craft before joining the top grade.
The Jersey Flegg (Under 20s), SG Ball (Under 18s), Tarsha Gale (Under 18s) and Harold Matthews (Under 16s) commenced pre-season training this month.
Each squad currently has over 35 players and are currently being put to the test with fitness and training drills during November, before trial games commence in December before the Christmas Break.
To support these young athletes, all squads and their parents were provided with an overview of the support services available to them at the Sydney Roosters as tailored to each age group at induction.
All squads were also provided an overview of the Club's history, values, and the importance of professionalism delivered by Wellbeing and Education Manager, Damon Spooner.
All junior representative players will be further supported in the coming months with targeted wellbeing and education workshops to better support these young make better choices on and off-the-field.
The Club is committed to building pathways for all our young athletes.
As testament to the Roosters focus on building a pathway for our female athletes, a partnership has been formed with Mabel Park High School for 2020.
The partnership helps our relationship with the women’s game to give us a wide range of talent to choose from in our pathways programs.
We have three players in our 2020 Tarsha Gale Squad who played for Queensland in the Under 18s state of origin this year.
Four Tarsha Gale squad members have also made the 40 player squad for the Indigenous all-stars game.
Squads will be reduced prior to the game, though it is a great achievement for our young female athletes to be selected to train with the team.
The Sydney Roosters would like to wish our youngest players and staff all the best for a successful pre-season.