Grassroots the main focus of Camp Wallaby

More than 80 junior rugby players from country NSW had the chance to learn what it means to be part of a professional team environment when they took part in school holiday program Camp Wallaby.

Future stars from Moree, Inverell, Barraba, Tamworth, Walcha, Guyra, Quirindi, Narrabri, Coonabarabran, Scone, Coonamble, Mudgee, Armidale and Sydney participated in the three-day camp at The Armidale School last week. 

They learned from the best coaches in the region and also had the chance to ask current Wallabies players Paddy Ryan and Will Skelton questions about what it takes to make it to the top level. 

Camp Wallaby manager Andrew Nash said it was the first time the program held a residential school.

“We do Camp Wallabies all over Australia but this was the first residential camp offered in regional NSW,” he said. 

“All the feedback we got was really positive.

“The level of training was really high, we had really good coaches from around the area and the school was really accommodating.

“Lots of kids are saying they will come back for the next one, we are looking to make it an annual event. Hopefully we can make it bigger and better next time.”