THE RUGBY League World Cup might be coming to the UK this month but Wigan Warriors coach Matthew Peet is ensuring England can bid for glory beyond 2013.
Steve McNamara’s national side get their World Cup assault underway against Australia on October 26 with realistic hopes of lifting the trophy for the first time.
McNamara’s squad features six Wigan players fresh from claiming the Super League title, and performance coach Peet is determined to ensure the club’s legacy lasts after helping kick off new RFL coaching programme ‘Embed the Pathway’, supported by Gillette, on Saturday.
Peet was on hand at World Cup venue Leigh Sports Village for an inaugural project aimed at the development of players aged 12-16, looking specifically at youth coach education, curriculum delivery and player profiling.
More than 60 youth coaches were treated to workshops, led by RFL national player development manager and Scotland assistant coach Dave Rotheram.
Youngsters from Wigan St Judes were also put through their paces to demonstrate to the coaches how to properly take a session and Peet believes the future of rugby league in Wigan is brighter for the new programme.
“As a coach at Wigan Warriors I hope to take away some new ideas that we can help push through to the community,” said Peet.
“We want to pass on to as many coaches as we can and upscale them, and ultimately develop the game in the Wigan borough and have better players come through the club and hopefully into the first team.
“Wigan Warriors have been quite heavily involved in the planning of this programme. We’ve had a lot of meetings with Dave and it’s a lot of stuff that we back and we believe.
“We’re fully behind the RFL in rolling this programme out and getting a lot of these ideas down through the coaches to the young players.
“Everyone’s working hard at the moment to catch Wigan, so if we stand still we’re going to get overtaken. It’s as much down to the hard work by the community clubs and the youth development staff as it is the first team. It’s one team in a sense.”
Gillette’s partnership with the RFL and its investment in the RFL coaching programme is part of The Great Start Programme which aims to celebrate and encourage the coaches who will inspire the next generation. For more information visit www.facebook.co.uk/GilletteUK