The inaugural Snowy Mountains Academy kicked off in Bombala with great success after 35 players attended the weekend camp.
Players from the townships between Jindabyne and Bombala attended a Rugby League camp with highly qualified coaching staff making the trip to help local volunteers run the weekend.
The weekend was filled with plenty of activities as players were tested, undertook skill sessions, attend the opening of Paul Perkins' gym and walked through, participate in a pool recovery session at the local pool and compete in many team bonding activities to give an insight into Rugby League and the mateship that they can forge through sport.
After an exceptional day at the Bombala Showground the players were bussed to Bondi State Forest campsite by Collin Buck Ryan where they spent the night, listened to lectures delivered by NRL players via DVDs on nutrition and the importance of having dreams before heading to bed.
Sunday started with a 6.30am walk through the forest, stretch and hydration session before a big breakfast.
Players then participated in a dance off and many games that had different teams competing for points before Whips Wannabees become the overall winners of the competition. Players were then again bussed back into Bombala where they had several skill sessions before finishing the day with a game of League Tag.
With plenty of healthy food, activities and fun, every player left the weekend with an aura of excitement for when they get together for their next camp in Jindabyne on December 15 and 16, 2012.
This camp will be joined by the Group 16 Academy players, Canberra Raiders players and awaiting confirmation but hopefully attending Laurie Daley and Wayne Portlock from the NSW Blues.
Over 70 players and staff will converge on Station Resort in Jindabyne for what shapes to be the biggest Rugby League camp held in the Group 16 area and more importantly the Snowy Mountains region.
Players wishing to still be involved or join the program can email Tracey Beddingfield at firstname.lastname@example.org or call David Bruce 6458 3205 or 0400 583211 in Bombala or Mick Hamilton 0414 464807 in Jindabyne. Positions are still available and everyone is welcome.