GREATER Western Victoria Rebels continued to strengthen its culture with its first combined squads training for the year.
The NAB League club's under 19 and under 17 boys trained with its under 19 girls program at Deakin University in Warrnambool on Wednesday.
Regional Talent Operations Lead Phil Partington said the combined session, which involved a skills session and individual squad reviews, helped build the club's culture and improve its players.
"It's a great opportunity for our male and female athletes to train together as a group for the first time for the year and in one of our regional training bases here in Warrnambool, where a lot of our athletes are from," he said.
"As a club our culture is number one and the boys and girls have watched each other play once or twice this year already but there is not much connection at times because they play on different days and train at different times.
"So any opportunity we can get our whole club and talent program together is going to benefit us.
"It's also going to help the girls to see the training techniques of the boys but also the boys to see the skill level of our girls, which is improving all the time. It's a win-win for both our male and female athletes."
Partington said the squads' role models played a major part in making the combined training sessions successful.
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"One thing we have noticed with our under 17 boys this year training full-time with the under 19 boys is the level and intensity is a lot higher and they are learning from the good players," he said.
"It's the same with our girls. The girls have been together for a while now too but the main leaders of our group have been through the program for about three years and our younger girls coming through are learning off those girls.
"We have great role models in our program and they are the greatest ones to learn off."
The under 19 girls next NAB League game is against Tasmania on April 24.
The under 19 boys, who won their first match last week, play Dandenong Stingrays on Sunday.
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