Rugby League Juniors coaches from around Sydney came down to the Juniors Kingsford yesterday night for a Q&A with the South Sydney Rabbitohs coaches to learn more about the Rabbitoh way of coaching.
It was an insightful night for all those that attended with Rabbitohs Head Coach Anthony Seibold, Assistant Coach Willie Peters and Rabbitohs women's team Coach Danny Allende gave a rundown of the day-to-day practices of professional coaching.
Demonstrating simple skill drills that the first grade squad go through every week, Willie Peters spoke of the importance of embedding basic skill sets into players at a young age.
"I think it was really worthwhile what we spoke about tonight," said Peters.
"We had questions about what's the most important skills and we tell them it's the basic kick, catch, pass and tackle if you can learn that it under 5s your still going to be doing it in the NRL.
"That's what we were trying to get across tonight, the importance of breaking down their skills and getting it right at a young age because it will help their progression as a footy player."
Head Coach Seibold furthered Peters points as he touched base on a number of key ways coaches can get the best out of their players, focusing heavily on teaching them a good work ethic.
Rabbitohs women Coach Allende was next to speak fielding questions left right and centre about how to keep the young girls playing Rugby League, proving how the recent success of his team has really helped raise the popularity of the women's game.
"I think it helps when your successful so the girls have got take the credit there," said Allende.
"It's great to see that people are interested in seeing the women play and as one of the audience members today said they've got girls playing in their competition and they want to know how they can keep them."
"This is where I'm from I'm born and bred as a juniors man I've been coaching all my life with La Perouse and Redfern All Blacks so I felt right at home, anytime we can give back and advocate on behalf of the women is fantastic."