We’re back! It’s the off season but the Rabbitohs Radio Podcast team has returned to the studio for a Christmas special. On the show we recap this years State Of Origin series, kick of our new Spotlight on the Pathways segment, we chat to John Sutton & Al Daly from Banabi Water in the studio, our Remembering a Rabbitoh is Nathan Merritt & we name our Rabbitoh of the Week. Music in this episode is courtesy of Perry Keyes.
The Banabi Story
Banabi has been used for generations by the Dharawal speaking people of coastal Sydney to describe a place of fresh water. The “birthplace” of European settlement at Circular Quay was chosen for its fresh water source. This was called the Tank stream. The traditional name for this stream is Banabi.
With special thanks to Souths historian Brad Ryder
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Spotlight on the Pathways
Our newest segment Spotlight on the Pathways is brought to you courtesy of Joe OCallaghan from the Rabbitohs.
Joe says “Through joining our resources with the Juniors, in partnership together our new Elite Pathways and Player Development (EPPD) program consists of the following key focus areas:
- Integration of training of all our pathways playing squads including U/17 Harold Matthews Cup, U/19 SG Ball, U/21 Jersey Flegg, our part time NSW Cup and Harvey Norman Womens Squads. This training is all based out of Erskineville Oval EPPD program training facility and all staff are following a whole EPPD coaching framework for consistent delivery. In total involves approx. 160 players and 45 staff.
- In 2021 we will also be running our inaugural ‘Black Rabbits Elite Player Development (EPD) Squad. This group will consist of approx. 20 players specifically chosen from all of our pathways squads (based on age, playing position etc) this will also include 3 – 4 female players who are either playing at or have aspirations for Australian Jilaroos level. This group all have individual annual development plans tracked by staff at the club and are involved in once a month training at the Redfern facility with NRL coaching staff.
- We are also running an annual professional development program for all of our staff that are involved in our EPPD program.
- We are also running a full wellbeing and education program (which is all on top of the mandatory programs set by the NRL) which includes a minimum of 8 hours a season of face to face time with NRL wellbeing staff and external presenters. This also includes topics and presentations targeted specifically at our staff within the program for their own needs.”