HUDDERSFIELD Giants are heading to Australia!
The Super League club today announced that as part of their youth performance programme they will be travelling Down Under next summer for a combined under 16-17 age group tour.
Led by player performance manager Pete Riding and head scholarship coach Mick Slicker, the group will play two fixtures against junior NRL teams, as well as attend NRL matches and training sessions.
And this trip is seen as the latest step in the club’s effort to become one of the leading players on the youth performance front.
The Huddersfield Giants Youth Performance Programme has already begun to pay dividends, with the abundance of young talent available to head coach Nathan Brown continuing to grow at both reserve and academy level.
Even more exciting has been the progression at scholarship level.
The Giants’ programme means they has been able to compete with their local rivals and in many instances have become the ‘club of choice’ among parents.
In an effort to attract and develop high-quality talent, the Giants’ performance department have introduced many innovations, such as gameday clubs for families and gameday match experience for the young players.
But the Giants now believe the time is right to gauge ability and progress against what is perceived to be high quality opposition in the Southern Hemisphere.
"This is a wonderful opportunity for the players and staff to challenge themselves against high quality opposition," said head of youth performance Damian McGrath, left.
"I am certain it will be a fantastic experience for all involved and for many it will be a once in a lifetime trip.
"A tour like this goes far beyond the normal commitments made by Super League clubs.
"It is only possible because Giants fans, through the Talentbuilder fund, are actively raising money. This is a great example of the Giants community getting behind its young stars of the future."