Wolves Welcome Rugby League Deutschland
Warrington Wolves performance department played host to Rugby League Deutschland head coach Dan Stocks and head of development Uwe Jansen last week, building on the relationship started last year to support the progress of Rugby League within the German infrastructure.
Over a three day period they were active in many specific learning areas including: working with the community staff in primary and high schools; getting to understand the club's philosophies and delivery; and understanding the importance of the Wolves' community programme to the performance successes.
Head of junior strength and conditioning Gareth Whittaker spent time showing them not only our development plan for developing athletes but also working with the junior players in the gym doing various aspects of strength and conditioning which they found very interesting.
Alongside Gary Chambers, head coach of the U19s Academy, they spent an afternoon working on analysis, breaking down and understanding different aspects of offence and defence as well as improving individual skills and decision making. Following the game-review the German staff observed Gary and his coaching team delivering to the U19 players.
Dan Stocks, German head coach, found the visit to be a great insight: “The two days that we have spent with the Warrington Wolves performance department have been hugely beneficial. Being able to look in detail at the many systems which the Wolves use in order to develop their youth players was a real eye opener and Rugby League Deutschland are looking forward to utilising some of these techniques within their organisation.
"The coaching staff at the Wolves have been second to none and have been truly great hosts. Spending time looking at strength and conditioning, skill development, nutrition, match analysis and community development has been a great learning experience and RLD would like to thank everyone at Warrington Wolves in particular John Bastian, Ben Lazenby and Gareth Whittaker for the time, effort and hospitality they have shown us over the two days. We are looking forward to developing a good relationship with Warrington which will help us as we aim to develop the greatest game in Germany.”
Over the course of their short visit the pair experienced the work that the Warrington Wolves deliver from introducing a rugby ball to a primary school pupil, growing the knowledge of the sport in secondary schools, identifying and working with elite junior players at U16 and U19 level, as well as analysing games and introducing improvement mechanisms for skills, game knowledge and understanding.
The Wolves performance department is looking forward to an exciting 2013 and beyond with our German partners that will see more visits between camps both at Warrington and in Germany.
Pictured: L-R: Ben Lazenby, Uwe Jansen, John Bastian and Dan Stocks
17, Feb, 2013