Under 12 Player Development Programme

Newcastle Thunder will be running an expanded Under 12 Player Development Programme in 2017 which will include 5 Development Days. 

The aim is to provide all Under 12s in the region with access to coaching from Thunder’s First Team and Academy coaches - to supplement what is being delivered at their community clubs.  The Player Development Programme is completely open access and is based around the core principles of Embed the Pathway and aims to assist the development of the players:

  • Coachability – how do player behaviours and attitudes contribute to develop
  • Mental Attributes – introducing sports psychology to the young player
  • Game  - Technical and Tactical aspects specific to Rugby League
  • Movement – the ability of the young player to perform key movements with control and accuracy, vital for their physical literacy.

The dates for the Under 12 Player Development Programme are (all sessions based at Kingston Park):

Tuesday 21st Feb 2017

Saturday 25th March 2017   

Tuesday 18th April 2017   

Tuesday 30th May 2017

Saturday 24th June 2017


The PDP is open to players from Under 12 (Year 7) and Under 11 (Year 6).


Players must register in advance by emailing michael.heap@newcastle-thunder.co.uk with the following information:

Name                            Date of Birth                             Community Club

School                          Player Tel No                            Player Email

Address                         Medical Requirements               Special Educational Needs (SEN)

Parents Name                 Parents Tel No                          Parents Email