Gold Coast get behind school?s league teams
By BRAD GREENSHIELDS
MONTHS of planning and negotiating came to fruition last week with John Paul College securing sponsorship from the Gold Coast Titans for their rugby league program in 2007.
Tom Searle and Gavin Judd, both representatives from the Titans club, were in Coffs Harbour last week to meet with students and coaching staff with both parties extremely excited about the partnership that has been established.
John Paul College spokesperson Tony Abbots said that local ARL development officer Cindy Greenshields had been extremely supportive of the venture and was instrumental in the mechanics of the process.
"Since Cindy has returned from her ARL position in Brisbane to take on the development of rugby league in the local area, there has been renewed interest and enthusiasm for the game at school level," Abbots added.
"This no doubt has been an influential factor in attracting the Titans' interest."
The partnership itself is unique given the fact that JPC will be the only school that the Titans will commit to in this capacity.
The Titans are more than happy to be part of the partnership and Gavin Judd said as much when he addressed the students.
"This is an extremely exciting venture for us and we envisage that our relationship with the school will continue to grow as we as a club continue to grow," he said.
"We see the benefits of such a relationship are too good to pass up and hope over the coming years to develop a strong link with the Coffs community."
While the Titans are busy developing and establishing football academies in the Ipswich, Gold Coat and Northern Rivers areas, John Paul College has been assured that they will gain all the same benefits while operating at a school-based level.
One of the major factors in the Titans' interest in JPC is the fact that the school has established an excellence in rugby league program to be taught to Year 11 and 12 students commencing next year.
This course will enable students to gain accreditation in coaching, refereeing and first aid.
Students will also be able to develop their skills in all aspects of the game, including strength and conditioning, nutrition, media and administration.
To support the course, the Titans have offered access to all players, coaches, conditioners, medical staff and administartion staff.
This will enable the school to provide the latest and most up-to-date approaches to training and playing for their students.