As the eyes of the rugby league world turn to Australia and the upcoming World Cup, we’re looking a little closer to home to find the next generation of England talent.
We’re proud that our city has produced two players for this year’s men’s squad in the form of John Bateman and Elliot Whitehead – not to mention 10 of our Super League Champion Women’s team representing their country in the Women’s World Cup – and the route to international glory begins back in Bradford via the England Talent Pathway.
One of the success stories of ETP is Keiran Brinning, who has gone from the training camps to a scholarship at the Bulls.
He told us that the Pathway days introduced him to the professional environment and helped him to improve as a player.
“We are thrilled at the ETP Players that are now filtering through to the Bradford Bulls Scholarship and Academy Team, credit must go to Andy Harland and Ryan Hunkin who run the ETP program,” said John Bastian, Head of Youth at the Bradford Bulls.
“Talented players like Kieran Brinning & Leyton Heywood from the West Bowling club are doing really well in the U16s Scholarship and Lewis Galtress and Bradley Ho from West Bowling have earned Part Time Contracts with Leigh Beattie’s Academy Team.”
“The smarter we work together the stronger the opportunities will be for our Young Juniors on the ETP.”
The England Talent Pathway is designed to increase the potential of young players all over the country and includes skills coaching, movement skills, mental preparation and coachability.
Young players are imbued with the core values that form the England national team culture and trained in the way that the national team is trained to ensure consistency throughout.
Our previous ETP training camps were a roaring success and will be returning this half-term for more. They will be taking place at the Bulls Training Centre in Tong on the 24th and 25th of October for Under 12s, 13s, 14s and 15s. Sessions cost £2.00 each and can be booked online at http://www.bullsfoundationetp.eventbrite.co.uk/