Jay Sakaio is looking forward to the ARL Development national conference to be held in October.
Jay Sakaio is looking forward to the ARL Development national conference to be held in October.

Coaches coming to Coffs

SCHOOLS and rugby league clubs on the Mid North Coast will be swamped by the game's leading coaches this spring.

The five-day ARL Development national conference will be held in Coffs Harbour from October 19 and local administrator Jay Sakaio said it will place some of the brightest thinkers in the game at the willing disposal of local authorities.

“We'll bring all 85 development people into town and are very open to suggestions as to how they can best be utilised during the visit,” he said.

“Already we have seminars, workshops and practical sessions being arranged and are offering our services to every school between Grafton and Macksville, with updates available to every teacher and school football coach.

“Because the staff has a variety of skills and years of experience, the possibilities are endless.”

Leading coaches from the NRL are also keen to lend support and a final list will be prepared, depending on their end-of-season commitments.

Sakaio is still on the look-out for guest speakers at the conference.

Previous gatherings have been marked by lateral thinking with guests representing rival sports from basketball to tennis, all making a contribution.

“We look for people with some success in their lives who may have a story to tell,” he said.

“During the formal dinner, we plan to engage a comedian or someone who can get a bit of a laugh or a light-hearted mood going.”



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