The Gold Coast SUNS Talent Academy will conduct testing days throughout North QLD next week.

Gold Coast SUNS Academy Manager, Andrew Johnston said the four days of testing will cover existing GC SUNS Academy members as well as potential members of the squad.

“North Queensland forms an important part of our talent academy.”

“We already have over 50 academy members here and we expect that to grow in the coming years.

“There is a lot of talent here in North Queensland and the ability for us to tap into that talent certainly benefits the players themselves and the club,” Johnston said.

The Gold Coast SUNS Talent Academy is an innovative program that provides young athletes with a unique opportunity to participate in a first class sport and education experience facilitated by AFL Queensland and the Gold Coast SUNS.

The Gold Coast SUNS Talent Academy is a multi-level coaching program for aspiring players aged between 12 and 18 years. It forms a key stage in the pathway from junior sport through to a possible career as an AFL player at the highest level – without leaving Queensland.

The Academy caters for young athletes in the Northern NSW and Gold Coast region as well as Far North Queensland (Rockhampton to Cape York).

The Academy features four levels, beginning with the youngest players emerging from the Future Stars program at Year 7, right up to the U18 level where the best will represent Queensland in the national championships.

Once a part of the Academy, each participant will experience best practice learning, facilities and facilitators in a sports environment.

Region: Rockhampton

Date: Tuesday the 18th of October 2011

Venue: Central Queensland University, Bruce Highway, Norman Gardens.

Time: 3.00pm start.

Region: Mackay

Date: Wednesday the 19th October 2011

Venue: Milton HS 105 Milton St Mackay

Time: 3.00pm start.


Region: Townsville

Date: Thursday the 20th October 2011

Venue: William Ross High, Mervyn-Crossman Drive, Annandale.

Time: 3.00pm start.


Region: Cairns

Date: Friday the 21st October 2011

Venue: Fretwell Park, Robert Rd, Edmonton

Time: 3.00pm start.

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