Central Australia to host NRL stars for Community Training Camp

Rugby League fans in the Red Centre will have the chance to meet their NRL heroes as part of a Parramatta Eels Club Community Training Camp being held in Alice Springs from Tuesday, 26 to Friday, 29 November.

A range of community initiatives are planned over the four days, giving both locals and visitors numerous opportunities to meet their favourite Parramatta Eels players.

Northern Territory Major Events Company General Manager Tim Watsford said it was fantastic to see a wide range of free events and activities on offer for local fans through the Community Training Camp.

“Not only does this training camp give locals the opportunity to meet some of the NRL’s biggest names, but it also highlights the calibre of professional sporting events that we are staging in the Northern Territory,” he said. 

In addition to open training sessions at ANZAC Oval, members of the public will be able to meet and greet the Eels team at a number of free events and activities including coaching clinics, school visits and community presentations.

Parramarra Eels Club player Dylan Brown said the team was really excited to visit Alice Springs as part of their Community Training Camp.

“I was fortunate to visit Darwin earlier this year when we played our NRL match against the Raiders, so I’m looking forward to seeing more of the Northern Territory,” he said.

“It gives us a chance to connect with the local community, our members and fans, and really give back for their ongoing support and loyalty. There’s a whole range of community activities planned, and we’re hoping to meet as many people as possible during our stay in Alice Springs.”

An initiative called ‘Eels go Shopping’ is also planned, which will see members of the team work with young men of the Clontarf Foundation to assist local shoppers with their groceries from Woolworths in the Yeperenye Shopping Centre.

Clontarf Foundation Regional Manager NT Central Regional Shaun Cusack said the Clontarf team are always looking for rich, positive experiences that can be used as extra tools to engage boys in school.

“Through the support of the Northern Territory Government and the Parramatta Eels, our boys in Alice Springs have been provided such an opportunity through this amazing initiative, allowing them to interact with the Eels players in their local community,” he said.

Following the Community Training Camp, the Parramatta Eels will return to the Territory in April next year as part of an ANZAC Day Eve clash against the Brisbane Broncos in Darwin.

To purchase ‘Territory Eel’ memberships or to find out more information about the match on Friday, 24 April at TIO Stadium, visit www.parraeels.com.au/membership/packages/part-season/territory-eel/.

Parramatta Eels Club Community Training Camp schedule – public events:

Tuesday, 26 November

  • NRL Open Training Session at ANZAC Oval from 4.30pm

Wednesday, 27 November

  • NRL Open Training Session at ANZAC Oval from 8.30am
  • 5-12 Year Olds Kids Clinic at ANZAC Oval from 5pm-6pm

Thursday, 28 November

  • Eels Go Shopping Community Activation at Woolworths in Yeperenye Shopping Centre from 3.15pm-4.30pm

Friday, 29 November

  • NRL Open Training Session at ANZAC Oval from 6am-7am