Catalans Dragons are endeavouring to train the players of tomorrow. Alongside the establishment of a training centre, the Perpignan based club have created the community project in which the Catalans Dragons club are involved in life of the Pyrenees-Orientales.
Training of coaches, provision of equipment, development of structures, recruitment of young players and advanced training courses are all aims of the community project. This project is funded and managed by the 'Ambitions Dragons'.
Training and coaching educators
Catalans Dragons have set up a training programme for coaches and rugby league educators. Free and open to all supervisors who wish to participate, this training does not issue diplomas but incomparable know-how. With contact with the Dragons staff, coaches have benefited from four training days about defined and essential themes: technical moves, competence; offensive principles with Michael Monaghan and Laurent Frayssinous; defensive principles with Jérôme Guisset and physical preparation with Fredéric Marcerou and Maxence Rivière.
Two new training days are being considered: briefing and debriefing, when and how? ; Using the video tool.
Since its inception, this training has been a great success, with coaches and staff of Carcassonne, Lescure, Lezignan and Ferrals all benefitting from the experience of the Dragons coaching staff.
The community project helps clubs develop by providing them material support. 20 balls (size 4 and 5) will be available to clubs within the Pyrenees-Orientales region. In 2017, smaller balls (size 3), will be distributed to schools. These balls are stamped with the slogan "Everyone Dragons Tomorrow" and logos of the partners of Ambitions Dragons.
The young trainees of the training centre and the U19 players Catalans Dragons will provide an educational reinforcement on Wednesday afternoons in schools rugby. This will enhance link between the club and departmental structures.
Detection and Advanced level courses
During each school holiday period, the Catalans Dragons will set up internships for young people in the age groups U13 to U16 categories. These courses, on one or more days, will allow the detection and monitoring of future talent of the Catalan and French rugby league.
By 2017, the goal of a specification for the naming of "dragons schools” will be displayed. These contract specifications based on various clearly defined criteria: members, number of qualified coaches... They will allow all clubs, regardless of their geographical location, to be eligible for the name.
Organisation of friendly matches
In addition to the preparation of this community project, the Ambitions Dragons is responsible for the organisation of friendly matches between young Catalan and English teams. During the summer of 2016, an U16 team will travel to England to face their British counterparts. The opportunity to launch the first team of the U16 team that should be released in 2017. After the establishment of the U19 - in 2015 - and its integration Academy Championship - in 2016 - the Catalan training structure in continuing to grow step by step.