Next generation together

February 04, 2017

Eyes on the prize: Nathan Louw and Achoung Agog tussle for position during training with Richmond's Next Generation Academy.

A group of emerging Goulburn Valley indigenous and multicultural footballers returned to Richmond’s Punt Road oval for a three-day training camp last week.

As part of the academy, 17 young footballers covered strength and skills sessions, nutrition, as well as game sense and goal setting.

The group attended a screening at the club in November and returned on January 23 to further their skills and knowledge.

A focus of the program was to instil the Richmond academy values and behaviour on the group.

Newly-appointed academy coach Damien Villarosa said the participants travelled from across northern Victoria.

‘‘We saw significant improvement in all of the participants,’’ Villarosa said.

‘‘They trained hard over the three days and their passion for the game is evident.

‘‘Some of them travelled quite a distance to attend the camp, showing great commitment.

‘‘We look forward to working with them over the coming months and hope to see them continue to develop.’’

The group included Ajak Dang, Mesang Dang, Achoung Agog, Kris Pele (Mooroopna), David Smith, Kyle Clarke, Anthony Walker (Shepparton), Raman Winmar, Marcus Kerr, Will Dwyer (Rumbalara) and Rhys Damon (Katandra).

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