AFTER a short break following their summer season, the North Wales Crusaders under 12’s are already back into their winter training programme with weekly skills session at their Glyndwr University Sports
The team train every Thursday from 8.00pm. However, the squad recently paid a visit to the Activ8 Gym in Bradley, using the indoor facilities at the gym to hone their tackle and contact skills.
Head coach Allen Jones explained: “The boys have been working hard on improving their basic skills each week but we decided that it would be good to get the boys down to the indoor facilities at Activ8 and undertake a
“Activ8 have a great fully padded room which is ideal for the boys to practice and improve their tackle technique.
“As coaches this room is ideal for us to break down each tackle into its component parts and then allow the boys the
opportunity to improve their technique in a dry and safe environment.”
Jones added: “The team also enjoyed an introduction to some wrestling techniques as well as some time on the boxing bags.
“We thought that the wrestling techniques are ideally suited to Rugby League and the team thoroughly bought into the session.
“Boxing also has some real benefits for Rugby League players, such as hand-eye co-ordination, footwork, balance, gauging distance, speed of thought and decision making.
“The coaching staff were delighted at how the session went and are already busy planning their next visit to Activ8.
“What really impressed us was the quality of the session, it was much better than we had expected considering it was their first time undertaking such a session and the attitude and application throughout was first class.”
The team have already seen a number of new players join during the weekly sessions, however, the squad are still actively seeking new players.
Boys, or girls, who are in Year 7 or Year 6 are eligible to join the Crusaders under 12’s and anyone interested, or wanting further information, should contact head coach Allen Jones on 07738 767272 or via e-mail
Everyone at Crusaders under 12’s would like to thank Barry and all connected with Activ8 gym for allowing the team to use their facilities.