Frank Pritchard to lead Academy

The Western Sydney Rugby League Academy (WSRLA) will resume on Saturday, 4 December 2021. The academy in the 2021/2022 season will be led by our newly appointed Head Coach, Frank “the tank” Pritchard.

Frank brings vast experience to the academy, having spent over 14 years as an NRL player. Frank made his NRL debut for the Penrith Panthers in 2003 and played there for 8 years before joining the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs from 2011 until 2015. He finished his career at the Parramatta Eels in 2017 before announcing his retirement. Throughout that time, Frank also played at an international level for New Zealand and Samoa.

In recent years, Frank has assisted at various NRL junior development systems at the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs and St George Dragons.

Given Frank’s previous experience as an NRL player and current involvement in NRL junior development systems, he knows the expectations and what it takes for players to develop from simply playing park footy to strapping on the boots for an NRL debut.

Frank will be assisted in the academy by other high-performance coaches as well as current and former NRL players.


Male and female players born in 2009 (u13’s) to 2002 (u20’s), will be placed in our ‘elite academy program’. This program will focus on developing players to the requisite standard and expectations of NRL junior development and pathways systems. Specific sessions will also focus on position specific skills as well as resilience, dealing with mental health and adversity. The program will also include three testing sessions, operated by professional timing equipment and personnel. At the conclusion of the academy, each player will receive a signed certificate, validating their best testing times within the program.


For summer 2021/2022 period, the cost for our academy program will be $185, or an active kids voucher + $85. However, discounts will be applied for siblings. The cost will be $165 for a second child and $150 for a third or subsequent child. All payments can include an active kids voucher.

The cost will include the academy apparel, comprising of a training tee and training shorts.


All sessions will be held at Ruse Park (84 Stacey Street Sth, Bankstown) unless otherwise specified.

Saturday, 4 December 2021(13’s -15’s) 9:00am to 10:45am(16’s – 20’s) 9:15am to 11amORIENTATION DAY & TESTING
(at The Crest Sporting Complex)
Monday, 6 December 20215:30pm to 7:30pm Skills Based – Ball in Hand & Hand Eye
Wednesday, 8 December 20215:30pm to 7:30pm Defence – Conblock
Monday, 13 December 20215:30pm to 7:30pm Attacking Skills – Ball in Hand Under Fatigue – Conblock
Wednesday, 15 December 20215:30pm to 7:30pm Defence – Tackle Technique/Wrestle -Under Fatigue
Saturday, 18 December 20219:00am to 11:15am Theory & Mental Health&Position Specific Skills
Monday, 22 December 20215:30pm to 7:30pm TESTING
(at The Crest Sporting Complex)
23 December 2020–   
          7 January 2021
Saturday, 8 January 20219:00am to 11:00am Fitness – Conblock 
Tuesday, 11 January 20225:30pm to 7:30pm Ball Work Under Fatigue/Conblock
Thursday, 13 January 20225:30pm to 7:30pm Defence and Defensive Structures – Under Fatigue
Saturday, 15 January 20229:00am to 11:00am  
Tuesday, 18 January 20225:30pm to 7:30pmConblock
Thursday, 20 January 2022(13’s -15’s) 5pm to 6:15pm(16’s – 20’s) 6pm to 7:15pmSkills Based Opposed Sessions
Saturday, 22 January 2022(13’s -15’s) 9:00am to 10:15am(16’s – 20’s) 10am to 11:15amSkills Based Opposed Sessions
Monday, 24 January 20225pm to 7:30pm TESTING
(at The Crest Sporting Complex)

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