The Far West Academy of Sport Rugby League Program is run in partnership with the National Rugby League (NRL) and Country Rugby League (CRL) to provide development opportunities for talented young Rugby League players in the Far West region of NSW.
The FWAS Rugby League Program is designed to support the developmental needs of each athlete by providing industry leading high performance sport development programs which emphasise providing greater skills development, strength and conditioning support and physical preparation so they can progress further in the sport.
As well as intensive training days and camps, squad members also receive an athlete education program which includes sports nutrition, sports physiology, sports psychology, media training and drugs awareness.
The FWAS currently runs two squads for the Rugby League program; an Academy Squad (17-18 years) and a Development Squad (15-16 years).
FWAS Rugby League Scholarship holders are expected to attend ALL scheduled FWAS Rugby League events.
To be eligible for a FWAS Rugby League Scholarship, athletes must satisfy the following criteria:
- Must reside within the Far West region of NSW*.
- Must turn 15 – 18 years of age in 2018 (i.e. born from 2000 to 20003)
- Must be registered with an affiliated Country Rugby League club from the Group XI, Group XIV/Castlereagh League, Barwon Darling, Outback Rugby League and Lake Cargelligo competitions.
To gain selection in the FWAS Rugby League Program athletes must first satisfy the eligibility criteria and then the following will be taken into consideration during the selection process. The athlete must:
- Demonstrate through past performance and/or potential capacity, the potential to improve performance to a high level.
- Demonstrate a willingness to learn and apply coaching ideas
- Demonstrate a positive attitude, commitment and dedication to improving performance.
- Demonstrate enthusiasm for the program as an individual and as a team member
- Demonstrate tactical ability or knowledge of Rugby League as demonstrated through training and match play
- Possess the relevant physical attributes associated with optimal Rugby League performance such as height, power, agility, speed and endurance.
The FWAS along with its sponsors and supporters cover the majority of the costs associated with running the sports programs. Scholarship athletes are however required to contribute to some components of the program through an athlete levy.
Athletes are also required to purchase the FWAS uniform which is partly subsidized by the FWAS, but is still a cost to the athlete.
2016/2017 Program Staff to be Confirmed.
*The Far West Region is defined as bound by the towns of Broken Hill in the West, Trangie in the East and Lake Cargelligo in the South to Lightning in the North and covers the following Local Government Areas; Bogan, Bourke, Brewarrina, Broken Hill, Central Darling, Cobar, Coonamble, Lachlan (Tottenham and Lake Cargelligo), Walgett, Warren, Warrumbungle (Coonabarabran and Dunedoo) and the Un-incorporated Area.