The Canterbury Bankstown Bulldogs 2016 SG Ball Squad came together last Saturday for a club induction day.
The squad spent the day at Belmore going through a number of activities as they look towards the upcoming season.
The first half of the induction day included a medical screening and a physical testing that included a yo-yo test, an agility test, a hand eye test and a number of strength testing exercises in the gym.
The testing is a guide for the coaching staff and it allows the staff to work on areas of each players game.
Once the testing and medicals were complete the players spent the afternoon with the clubs welfare and education team.
The education component consisted of a careers workshop (CareerWise) and personal development modules on mental health wellbeing, healthy relationships, drugs, alcohol and gambling.
New South Wales, Australian and Bulldogs back-rower Josh Jackson joined the players in the afternoon for the education session and spoke to the boys about the importance of starting early to prepare for a career after football, but also provided input to the personal development workshops.
The goal of our welfare and education program is to turn talented boys into men of character and integrity; men who are all the better for having been part of rugby league.
Every element of the education program is designed to help our young players grow and develop their potential in every aspect of their lives.
The day is about educating the players about the responsibility of a rugby league player and what is required to make the next step.