NRMA Insurance Broncos & Logan City Council Announce Junior High Performance Centre

NRMA Insurance Broncos & Logan City Council Announce Junior High Performance Centre

Published: 15 May 2013

NRMA Insurance Broncos & Logan City Council Announce Junior High Performance Centre

The Brisbane Broncos and Logan City Council have teamed up to establish a high performance junior rugby league centre in Logan City.

The joint announcement was made today by Logan Mayor Pam Parker and Broncos CEO Paul White on the vacant site of the development (near Marsden State High School) of a sports park where the academy will operate its city-wide program.

The Logan Broncos Junior Rugby League Academy will have access to three top quality rugby league fields, space to create a purpose-built gym and fitness facility, plus suitable office space for their full-time Elite Player Development Officer and support staff.

The partnership and development are the results of months of discussions and planning between the two parties after Logan City Council first approached the Broncos with the academy concept last year.

Logan Mayor Pam Parker said she was delighted that one of Australia's most popular, successful and respected rugby league outfits also believed Logan City was an ideal location for the first full-time regional Brisbane Broncos Academy.

"Logan City is regarded by many as a rugby league nursery and this exciting partnership will only add weight to this reputation," she said.

"The likes of internationally-renowned footballers Cameron Smith, Corey Parker, Chris Sandow, Alex Glenn, Corey Norman, Darren and Jason Smith, Lote Tuqiri and Israel Folau have learned and honed their skills on the sporting fields of this city.

“So I have every confidence this partnership will develop many state, national and international players for years to come.

"Not only will it develop future champions, but it will also attract and keep youth in sport which I am a firm believer in.

"The Broncos have a sterling reputation for developing juniors, not only with skills on the paddock but also with life skills, and that is exactly what they will do here.

"The Broncos have given their commitment that they are here for the long haul and we are delighted to host this permanent junior development academy."

Senior Council and Club staff, plus members of the Broncos’ Elite Player Development Unit attended the announcement alongside Logan-linked Broncos Corey Parker and Alex Glenn.

Parker played all his junior football with the Logan Brothers Rugby League Club while Glenn has been a local Marsden resident for the last five years.

Also present were two Logan Brothers Juniors and Souths Logan Junior Representative players currently in the Broncos’ Elite Player Development Program who both attend Marsden State High School - George Fai (17 years-old, Broncos Senior Academy) and Jaydn Sua (16 years-old, Broncos Junior Academy).

“The Broncos have been active in Logan for over a decade so this announcement has really been ten years in the making,” Broncos CEO Paul White said.

“It started with the vision and heavy financial backing of CEO John Limbrick from the Greenbank RSL, which then created the Elite Player Development program in Logan - which has now made this Logan Broncos Academy a reality.

“We’ve now reached a point where former Bronco Mick Hancock - our Game and Community Development Officer in Greenbank, sees more than 10,000 kids a year.

“So this huge academy investment is a natural extension of the partnership we’ve fostered with Logan City Council who service so many of our club members and supporters.

“Not only can we keep sourcing more first grade players and rugby league youth from Logan – but now we’ll have a world class, purpose-built facility in the heart of the region to support them,” he said.

Once completed, junior league players, club players and even Broncos players will be able to grow or sharpen their fitness and skills to an elite standard with the guidance of the on-site, full-time high performance staff.

“We’re extremely grateful to the Logan City Council for providing the land and building space – so we’re more than happy to provide the elite expertise to all those aspiring Logan locals who will one day come here to learn,” Mr White said.

“I can’t wait to see the Logan Broncos Junior Rugby League Academy up in lights.”

Councillor Parker acknowledged Mr Limbrick and Mr Hancock for their vision and development of rugby league in Logan.

"I understand John's support for rugby league started with a conversation with former Broncos coach Wayne Bennett more than 10 years ago. This academy is just one of the many fruits of the seeds he sowed in that initial conversation," she said.

"And Mick is a regular and welcome visitor at many schools and sporting clubs across the city where he coaches and supports thousands of our sporting youth."

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