The Wildcats scholarship program is making huge steps forward as they continue their great work in developing and enhancing players from a young age.
This year has seen the under 16’s win four and draw one of their five matches however player performance manager John Kain is more focused on how the team and individual players can improve their game.
“The performances have been good, very professional in most cases and there have been some particularly exciting performances.
“Our aim is to develop the individual performer and scholarship games give them an opportunity to express where they are and how they can progress.”
Kain says one of the most pleasing matches was the game at home to Hull KR where the difference between how the two teams had developed was clearly evident.
“The Hull KR game was a special game. The previous year we played them it was a very competitive game but this time we put in an almost flawless performance.
“What that would suggest is in the period of 12 months our boys and the program have taken them to another level in contrast to Hull KR, and that’s not to suggest Hull KR have not developed. It was strong evidence of how much we have progressed.”
The next scholarship fixture sees Wakefield host the North East Regional Academy in a game where the Wildcats will fill most of their under 16’s team with under 15’s players.
The idea is to let players challenge themselves and Kain says it’s all part of playing them now and seeing how they can develop over the next year.
This is all part of a long term plan so the Player Performance Manager can get the most out of the players and give them the best chance of making it to the very top level.
“When the under 15’s joined us last year we said to them that we would play them in the competition phase providing their development is how we hoped it would be.
“This will be a challenge for them but it is all part of their development, the emphasis is on giving some of them the exposure to the competition and naturally 12 months on from now they will have significantly progressed.”
“I work on a 12 month cycle but on the back of that there is a two-year cycle, so if a player comes in as an under 15 to our program then they have two years in the scholarship phase before they go into the under-19s.
“That then becomes a three-year cycle, so it’s all about bringing the players through and developing them as much as possible.”
Get down and support the under 16’s this Saturday against the North East Regional Academy (11.30am kick-off). Tickets are priced at £3 adults and £1 juniors with free access for gold members.
The under 19′s follow at 2pm, with Stu Dickens’ men facing Widnes Vikings.
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