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The future's bright for London Broncos youth

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The future's bright for London Broncos youth

 

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The London Broncos Under-16s returned from a very successful 12-day tour of Perpignan and the Catalan region which included two victories over the Ambition Dragons (Catalans’ version of the Scholarship).
This is the third successive year the Broncos under-16s have toured in the South of France. To raise funds players took part in a cycle and rowing challenge over the distance from London to Perpignan in a 12 hour period. In the event, held at Feltham Community College, they nearly doubled the required distance.
This combined with personal contributions, tea and coffee stalls at fixtures manned by the parents and a donation from the club chairman David Hughes ensured the tour could take place.
They won the first game 20-4 and the second 34-25, with the latter being played at the Gilbert Brutus Stadium in Perpignan, home of the Catalan Dragons.
Head of Youth Performance Phil Jones said: “The tour was again a great success. It allows the lads to eat and breathe rugby league and also explore a different culture.
“All of the players were a credit to themselves, their parents, their London Junior League club and the London Broncos. The staff on the tour put in long hours to ensure that it was a successful 12 days.
“Finally it wouldn’t have been possible without the support of the chairman, David Hughes, who was even there to support the lads prior to the Super League match.”
The Broncos have fielded a number of London-developed players in recent Super League games. In fact of the 33 players in the squad (excluding loans), 16 have come through the club’s system.
Hackney-born wing Kieran Dixon is fifth in the Super League try scoring charts, while Tony Clubb became the first locally produced player to be appointed captain of the London side recently.
Harry Little (19) and Joel Wicks (18) both made the step up to the Super League from the club’s under-19s team and have played two and three games respectively. Little and Wicks were among eight London-developed players to feature in the Round 19 game against the Wakefield Trinity Wildcats.
Another under-19s player, half back James Woodburn Hall (18), made his second and third appearances in Super League against Salford City Reds and Catalan Dragons having made his debut in Round 10.
Mike Bishay (20) and Erjon Dollapi (20) have also made the step up to the first team this season, having spent time on dual registration with Hemel Stags and London Skolars respectively. Bishay has made four Super League appearances this season since his debut in Round 17, while Dollapi has appeared eight times following his debut in Round 10.
The under-19s currently sit ninth in their league having won eight games so far this season, including wins over Wigan Warriors, Bradford Bulls and Hull FC. They have lost a number of matches by just a few points and with seven games remaining head coach James Massara will be looking finish strongly and climb the table.
London Broncos Chief Executive Gus Mackay added: “Investment over the years is now beginning to reap rewards with players coming through into the first team squad. This is important for the development of the game in London which in turn will provide us with a competitive Super League squad as well as providing players for future England representation.”

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the irony

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the irony

It's fine, they can all go and play for Leigh in the 2016 Super League.

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I've written and deleted four separate replies to this.  I'll simply leave it as this:

 

Well done to the Broncos for some fantastic youth development!

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I think it is great that London have developed this project with their young players.  I've seen from Saints' biannual trips to Australia just how valuable spending time playing the game in another culture can be to the young players, both on a personal and professional level.  Hopefully they will all go on to have successful rugby league careers and the development work undertaken by the Broncos will continue.

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Criticise David Hughes all you like but he's done more for rugby league than many of the keyboard warriors on here have. Well done broncos!

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Criticise David Hughes all you like but he's done more for rugby league than many of the keyboard warriors on here have. Well done broncos!

too right

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What is the point though?

to supply players to wasps

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Not a formal moderation note but can I please ask you to be positive on this thread?  There are already two threads where you can be as negative as you want.

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Not a formal moderation note but can I please ask you to be positive on this thread? There are already two threads where you can be as negative as you want.

But its a bit like someone emerging from a darkened room announcing they have just invented a machine whereby you can talk to each other over long distances.

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I met the young players last week as I was helping Dave Foti out.  An absolute credit to themselves, their families, and the game....

 

....and an absolute credit to David Hughes who has funded this trip for the last couple of years.

 

I only saw the second game against the Ambition Dragons and they coped tremendously with the heat and a big physical opposition on their own pitch.  Great team spirit, good discipline, and very well coached.  

 

They all had to form an orderly queue to have their photos taken with JAmie Soward after the game!

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i saw their 20s last season and i've seen their 19s this season. some promising players there.

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London Broncos doing there bit for junior development. I wonder if all Super League clubs can say the same.

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Well done London. Their player development programmes have been fantastic over the last few years, which has obviously the bi-product of the huge efforts of volunteers in areas like Greenwich, Hemel and St Albans. I hope the removal of the vast majority of the development officers doesn't hinder this into the future along with the 'potential' implosion of the Broncos. Well done once again.

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Criticise David Hughes all you like but he's done more for rugby league than many of the keyboard warriors on here have. Well done broncos!

Did you type that on a keyboard by any chance?

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Well done London. Their player development programmes have been fantastic over the last few years, which has obviously the bi-product of the huge efforts of volunteers in areas like Greenwich, Hemel and St Albans. I hope the removal of the vast majority of the development officers doesn't hinder this into the future along with the 'potential' implosion of the Broncos. Well done once again.

 

Sorry GS and apologies if I have missed stuff on here..  What is the removal of the development officers thing?  Genuine question sorry to be uninformed

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Sorry GS and apologies if I have missed stuff on here..  What is the removal of the development officers thing?  Genuine question sorry to be uninformed

 

With the reduction of the Sport England funding, the RFL decided to drastically reduce the number of development officers they employ.

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With the reduction of the Sport England funding, the RFL decided to drastically reduce the number of development officers they employ.

By drastically reduce, you mean to nil RFL funded.

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Fantastic stuff. Some brilliant work being done. Perhaps someone should send this to Red Hall?

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By drastically reduce, you mean to nil RFL funded.

 

I thought they still employed minimum staff in this role?

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and this is exactly why we need licensing and a strong broncos, great news for the sport as a whole that these kids are tearing it up at under 16's level and such..they would have been lost to the game without the broncos.

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By drastically reduce, you mean to nil RFL funded.

The effect is the same.  For example, there is an amateur club in Croydon which has worked hard to attract players and has finally found a place to be based (at a local school) but the withdrawal of the RFL funded development officer has put the existence of the club at risk. 

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I thought they still employed minimum staff in this role?

Someone pointed out elsewhere that some SL clubs fund their local development officers since RFL funding was cut. The RFL pay for none as far as I know.

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