Former NRL star Tim Browne’s inspiring Rugby League mission
Former NRL star Tim Browne is no stranger to the demanding rigours of rugby league, now he’s giving back to the game.
A veteran of 103 First Grade games for both the Canterbury Bulldogs and the Penrith Panthers, Browne has established the Leading Edge Rugby League Academy.
The new program is aimed at bridging the gap in skill level between the game’s elite and up-and-coming players.
The former big man also admits he found it tough to take the next step when first starting out.
“I really struggled growing up to make Division one and Division two at my own club,” Browne said.
“When I finally made those top divisions, I obviously aspired to make a junior rep program with an SG Ball side or a Harold Matthews, but could never get the look in.
“I was always knocked back, I rolled the dice when I was 19 and I’m from Newcastle and couldn’t make any of their squads, so I made the road trip down to Sydney for a trial with South Sydney and had a great game there and got noticed.
“But if it wasn’t for that, where do I go? Do I go back to club footy or do I go back with my mates and do what it is that I know?
“I want to try and bridge the skill level gap between club and rep level footy so I want to provide a program for these kids to keep growing as individuals and players and not let that skill level gap get too far ahead.
“The kids that are getting that coaching, they’re getting further and further ahead.”
Browne started the program in 2017 with eight kids and says it’s important for young aspiring athletes to have role models.
Penrith forward James Tamou and fellow former NRL hooker Kevin Kingston also work alongside Browne.
The 30-year-old says it’s important to provide opportunities for young players in the game.
“The main academy out at Penrith we try to run all year round,” Browne said.
“We have a different focus point on each program and I really want to stay on top of the kids with their application and their hard work.
“Off the field, we’ve set up little groups to stay in contact with the kids and talking about little things like hydration and what they’re eating on game night.”
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