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VIDEO: Viking Moran helps spot rugby league future talent
9:24am Tuesday 15th October 2013 in Sport
THE Rugby League World Cup might be coming to the UK this month but Widnes Vikings under 19s coach Mark Moran is ensuring England can bid for glory beyond 2013.
Steve McNamara’s England get their World Cup assault underway against Australia on October 26 with realistic hope of lifting the trophy for the first time with the likes of Viking Gareth Hock and home advantage on their side.
But Widnes are set to play a role in any future World Cup success after Under-19s coach Moran helped kick off a new RFL coaching programme Embed the Pathway, supported by Gillette, on Saturday.
Moran was on hand at World Cup venue Leigh Sports Village for an inaugural project aimed at the development of players aged 12 to 16, looking specifically at youth coach education, curriculum delivery and player profiling.
More than 60 youth coaches were treated to workshops, led by RFL national player development manager and Scotland assistant coach Dave Rotheram.
Moran also put Wigan St Judes youngsters through their paces to demonstrate to the coaches how to properly take a session and he believes the future of rugby league in Widnes is brighter for the new programme.
“This new coaching programme is all about spotting potential and not selecting players based their current performance and it’s something I’m really behind and wish it had been brought in earlier but it should be really effective,” said Moran.
“I’ll be the nominated coach developer so my role will be to help develop local coaches in the Widnes area, to hopefully profile those coaches as early as possible and develop a programme that improves their coaching.
“Alongside that we’re hoping to improve the quality of the players at the community clubs at Widnes – supporting the coaches, assisting the coaches and hopefully creating a curriculum which is specific to the programme’s needs and also to Widnes’ needs in developing players.
“I think the pathway will be a fantastic initiative for Widnes. It’ll help a lot of coaches in the area, it’ll help us develop more players and hopefully develop more players for the national team.
“That’s the long term goal of this – to develop more players, better players and to improve both the quality of Super League and Widnes, but also trickling through to the national team too.”
And Moran is adamant the session could not have been better timed with the Rugby League World Cup hopefully opening more eyes to the sport moving forward.
“It’s very exciting that this event is coinciding with the start of the World Cup and the two go hand in hand really,” he added.
“Hopefully we’ll see a successful campaign for the England team. But this new coaching programme is all about the future and ensuring success further down the line and hopefully Widnes can play a big part in that.”
Gillette’s partnership with the RFL and its investment in the RFL coaching programme is part of The Great Start Programme which aims to celebrate and encourage the coaches who will inspire the next generation. For more information visit www.facebook.co.uk/GilletteUK
Click on the video below to see Mark Moran, the Widnes Vikings Under-20s head coach, speaks about taking part in a new RFL coaching programme, supported by Gillette.
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