Mabel Park State High School will on July 15 be on the lookout for the region’s best rugby league players to join the school’s sporting excellence program.

Talent scouts will be inviting both boys and girls to trial for a spot in the elite program.

Principal Michael Hornby said the annual days were highly anticipated and attracted students from a wide range of primary schools and junior sporting clubs across Southeast Queensland.

Brisbane Broncos junior pathways and NRL Development coaches will help Mabel Park coaches to deliver a rigorous testing program.

Boys will be put through their paces with core skill drills, skill audits, small-sided games, gym work, athletic testing and more.

“The Rugby League Excellence program supports students striving for academic excellence,” Mr Hornby said.

“Rugby league is studied as a subject in class time, with practical and theoretical components.”

Mr Hornby said programs attracted players who were determined to better themselves on and off the field.

“Students benefit from experienced and dedicated coaching staff that will support them to be the very best they can be, not just as rugby league players but as people first and foremost,” he said.

“Students also benefit from opportunities in the gym to develop their athletic potential; their speed, strength, power and more. Individual mentoring ensures they have the practical knowledge and understanding to help them achieve the elite pathways available to rugby league and rugby union.”

Three girls from the school are currently playing in the Queensland Maroons Under 19 team – Keilee Joseph is captain.

Diaz Seumanutafa recently debuted for the Queensland Reds Super W campaign.

Alex Leapai, son of the boxer with the same name, is a standout who is signed to the NRL’s Sydney Roosters.

They are examples of a long list of success stories through the program.

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