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The Dyldam Parramatta Eels Game Development staff have spent the past week visiting the Northern Territory, conducting training sessions with coaches to help promote rugby league.

With the Northern Territory Government one of our major partners for 2014, were excited to be able to promote rugby league there and bring new fans to the sport we all love.

The week began in Darwin with Eels Game Development Manager Michael Basan and Craig Wilson from Player Development, Coaching and Recruitment visiting the Northern Territory Institute of Sport, for the Junior and Senior Rugby League Academy training.

Craig and I spoke to their players about the Eels and how the agreement with the NT Government will provide an elite player pathway for young rugby league players, Basan said.

As well as this, we conducted a two-hour skills session to officially kick off our partnership.

The second day of the tour included time spent at the Darwin Teachers and Junior Rugby League Course, with nine teachers learning how to teach rugby league to students, with Parramatta Eels coaching and drills booklets distributed.

A meeting and dinner with the Northern Territory Rugby League and officials rounded out the day, before the Eels team left for Katherine the following morning.

On Thursday Basan and Wilson again conducted a course, this time with the Katherine Teachers and Rugby League.

A relationship with the Katherine School of the Air was also established, with the Parramatta team meeting with their executive team who invited the Eels to participate in their online programs, as well as attend their School of the Air Camp based in Batchelor next May.

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