It was a happy homecoming for Yamba junior Luke Douglas as he spent time giving back to the next generation on the opening day of iSelect Titans’ week-long Northern NSW camp.
In what is believed to be the first time an NRL team has trained in Yamba, the Titans hit the turf for a grueling early morning session as Douglas ran his own personal coaching clinic with some excited youngsters.
Douglas was excused from training and not required to be in camp with the Titans at all after only returning from the Rugby League World Cup in England late last week but insisted he return to his hometown to give back to the community.
Once training was wrapped up, it was off to his former school, MacLean High School, with several Titans teammates to help deliver the Titans Tackle Bullying program to a group of Year 8 students.
It was a similar story for Grafton product Anthony Don, who was a popular man at his former primary school at Westlawn Public School.
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The Titans arrived in camp in Coffs Harbour late on Monday afternoon, where they will be spend the next five days undertaking training, team building and community visits in the area.
The Titans Tackle Bullying campaign is part of a game-wide strategy with the NRL’s One Community, with the Titans responding to requests in NSW as part of the Community Carnival program that will also see the Titans visit the Tweed District schools in the New Year.
The Coffs Harbour Camp sees a continuation of the partnership between the Titans, Coffs Harbour City Council and the Enterprise and Training Company (ETC) in delivering positive social outcomes to the community of the region.
Jagun Aboriginal Aged Care has provided a link to the local Indigenous Community to allow Preston Campbell and current Titans players to deliver positive messages to local youth and to demonstrate their respect to local Elders and their key role in maintaining local culture and knowledge.