Buderus imparts skills on next generation
Rugby League great Danny Buderus may have hung up his boots three years ago, but he's still just as involved in the game with one of his current focuses to pass on his skill and passion to the next generation of players.
The former Newcastle Knight, Australian Kangaroo and NSW Origin captain hosted the fifth annual Red Energy Danny Buderus Skills Clinic at Hunter Stadium on Wednesday with the aim of teaching young players how to enjoy rugby league in a fun and inclusive environment.
More than 350 children took part in the skills clinic which taught the fundemental skills of catching, passing, kicking and teamwork.
"First and foremost it's all about having fun, but I like to see them have the right technique," Buderus told Knights TV.
"Being a parent myself and my little boys just starting to play, you always try to get their technique right so they can not only take the field and be safe but have some confidence and that's the way they have fun.
"The best thing is a lot of the kids have been coming back. I think they are having fun and they are improving. That's the fun part for me, trying to give back a little bit, is seeing them improve.
"The kids loved it. They get out there and have a run around on the field and have a lot of fun."
Newcastle Knights Rugby League Community manager and reserve grade coach, Matt Lantry believes the clinic is a unique and value opportunity for youngsters to learn hands on skills from the celebrated league star.
"We balance that fun element with a technical element as well," Lantry said.
"Danny takes them through an array of core skills which are the fundementals of the game.
"To hear from a legend of the game who is still involved is vitally important for the success of this clinic.
"It's tremendous these kids can walk away with some new skills and an appreciation and enjoyment for the game."
The next clinic will be held in Taree on Friday July 15. To sign up for this fun, school holiday activity, CLICK HERE.