Goondiwindi becomes a breeding ground for future league stars

Twenty-eight Goondiwindi juniors received their gear last Wednesday night after selection in the Darling Downs Easts Tigers Academy squad.

The project is a partnership between the junior and senior clubs and the school locally, as well as Easts, to create more opportunities for geographically isolated players. Boars president, Alison Bishop, said there were plenty of talented kids who had the potential to go further but may be hobbled physically and financially to forge further with their development.

"This is another avenue for opportunities they may not normally have," she said.

But it's more than just footy. The academy is aimed at creating a "well-rounded person" according to Easts' new head of football, Terry Matterson.

The squad will have to meet certain expectations. They will be learning about nutrition and will have to meet benchmarks at school, and present certain behaviour at training. There will also be a social media aspect.

Participants have completed eight weeks of development in the pre-season.