New education program benefiting young players

Wests Tigers, along with TAFE NSW South Western Sydney Institute, are working together in a never before seen educational program for young players.


Players within the Wests Tigers 16s, 17s and 18s aged train-on squads are now completing a valuable TVET vocational course.


On top of their usual curricular studies, up and coming Wests Tigers players complete a one day a week 12-month course which gains them a Certificate III in Fitness.


Wests Tigers Development Manager, Ben Rogers said the course is beneficial in giving the young players a head start on employment, as well as teaching them other valuable skills.


They boys get an educational benefit, which qualifies them for a job which of course is very beneficial for them when they leave school, Rogers said.


It gives them more specialised coaching, which improves their skills both on and off the field.


The course includes a range of added benefits such as massage, recovery techniques and nutritional advice.


They are treated pretty much like an NRL player for that one day during the week.


14 players from the Wests Tigers junior train-on squads are involved in the inaugural course this season.


The agreement between TAFE South Western Sydney Institute and Wests Tigers is the first of its kind, with no other Club or sport providing this kind of education for young players.


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