Brentwood Eels building up for new term
PUBLISHED: 10:00 20 February 2015
Rugby league club looking to build on superb 2014
Brentwood Eels are putting the final touches together for their pre-season training ahead of the new rugby league season.
The club enjoyed a great 2014, being voted Junior and Youth Rugby League Club for London after the under-17 and senior sides won their respective championships and Rian Horsman was awarded Man of Steel honours.
And Brentwood are really keen to build on those successes to provide an environment where players can be challenged and also develop their skill sets in all facets of the game.
The Eels are running a pilot scheme where they will link up with the local MMA and Wrestling centre.
Alan Packman, Submission Wrestling and MMA Coach said: “I’m really looking forward to working with Brentwood Rugby League on this pilot scheme by helping the players with the technical aspects of wrestling in the tackle and also looking at improving upper body strength as much as possible.
“I’m sure this link will prove to be beneficial and really demonstrates how different sports and organisations can work together in order to develop our future sportsmen and women.”
Club chairman Carl Horsman added: “This is the first time the club have actually utilised external coaches such as Alan who can provide those extra tips in such a specialist area of the game.
“The modern game is now quite technical in the tackle, so anything that can give our players an edge is worth looking at. It also provides some real variety to our training schedules and demonstrates our commitment to player development.
“We’re looking to trial this with our under-14s first and then look to make this available to other age groups.
“It should be a great season with our usual participation in the League and Cup competitions and also our regular forays up North, plus this season sees our first overseas tour when the under-13s travel to France.
“It’s really exciting times at the club as we continue to grow.”
Brentwood old boy Brough, was one of last season’s under-17s, has signed a professional contract with London Broncos, while Caley Gray and George Cole have joined the Broncos Scholarship programme.
Cole has already played his first match in a narrow defeat against Castleford Tigers and Brough has been training with the Broncos first team.
Horsman added: “This is great news for the individuals concerned and of course the club. We’re all extremely proud of their achievements and recognise the hard work and dedication these boys have exhibited over the years and we wish them all the best.”
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