The Eels get flocked by fans on the NSW South Coast
Thursday 7 February 2013 1:01 PM
The Parramatta Eels NRL squad has jumped on a bus and headed south to Shoalhaven for a three-day community carnival, as part of the NRL One Community program.
The whole tem (minus Jarryd Hayne who is away at the NRL All Stars camp) was excited to come down and meet with the many passionate rugby league supporters on the south coast.
The first point of call was a free coaching clinic for kids, held at the Francis Ryan Reserve Sports Field in Sanctuary Point. The Eels players were overwhelmed by the support, with more than 300 fans coming out to greet them and take part in the coaching clinic.
Development officers from the South Coast ran the session, which was enthusiastically supported by the Eels squad, who ran drills and corrected kids on proper rugby league technique.
The boys became even more popular after the clinic, with what felt like the entire town turning up for a signing session and free barbeque.
Last night the team followed up the clinic by meeting with the Country Rugby League academy team, and some local junior and senior rep players at the St George Basin Country Club – where everybody had a great night.
Today the team’s been busy again, holding a two hour training session and then a recovery swim at the beach.
Click on our video above, to see everything that happened at the training session and coaching clinic.