Students kick a goal for rugby on internet
By GREG WHITE
STUDENTS from local schools St Augustine's and John Paul College have again become rugby stars on the internet.
The Australian Rugby Union national talent squad under high performance manager John Searl has spent two days at Camp Wallaby filming a second instalment of footage for the rugby.com website.
Local development manager Murray Archibald said the youngsters would become part of the Online Coaching Centre aimed at thousands of volunteer rugby coaches around the country.
"It makes the job so much easier for the coaches and the kids just love taking part," he said.
The Online Centre uses cutting-edge technology to deliver coaching sessions with the students (boys and girls) demonstrating a variety of skills applicable to specific age groups.
"By following the prompts any coach accessing the site can click onto the skill they wish to have demonstrated and then the kids go into 'live' action," Archibald said.
"There's a voice-over by Strath Gordon from the ARU telling the coach what is going on so it's simple to follow.
"Improvements are being made all the time but even what's there already is fantastic exposure for the schools."
To check out the site go to rugby.com, click on 'community rugby', then the 'online coaching centre'.
It then becomes a matter of choosing the skill or drill you wish the Coffs Harbour student to demonstrate.
Archibald said the site was simple to download.
"Coaches have easy to follow lessons at their fingertips," he said.
"It's suitable for any player up to 12 years and includes a range of fitness and safety issues."