After three days at the Wellington Festival the Yorkshire Carnegie Under-16s are having some great experiences including meeting Eddie Jones, understanding their social media presence and how important self awareness is to reaching their playing potential.

On Tuesday the rain gave way for an afternoon in the sun where Yorkshire played against Exeter, Saracens and Saints. The player had chosen three focus areas for the afternoon on tackle area, width of attack and celebrating successes in the game. Through the afternoon the players improved their performances to deliver on all three areas. The players also took some really clear actions to take into their next game on Saturday where they will play Bristol at 10am.

On Wednesday night the players from all the Academies enjoyed a bbq and a live band giving the players a chance to share experiences and build relationships with their peers from around the Country.

On Thursday the players will take part in the National Academy Day where the theme is, the game of the future with the players being challenged to use skills they will need at senior level in 5 years time. They will also be asked to change their perceptions around expectations of high number and low number players in a game.

Danny Wild, Junior Development Squad Coordinator for Yorkshire Carnegie, said: “This is a great week for the players where we can really expose them to our values of person first, player second. It’s been really beneficial to have the full support of the academy team this week. Our Dietitian Sarah Chantler has supported the players with  developing some practical cooking skills for before, during and after a game. Also our sports psychologist Ross Shand is here through the week with Senior Academy player Lewis Wilson to provide mentoring support.  Scott Mogridge our Academy Analyst  has been running one to one session with the players to improve their game understanding and game analysis skills. We will continue to enjoy the week and get the most out of this amazing opportunity.”