FOCUSED: Dylan Vickery, 7, relishes the Junior Footy Academy environment yesterday.
FOCUSED: Dylan Vickery, 7, relishes the Junior Footy Academy environment yesterday.

Youngsters tackle new skills at fun footy sessions

RUGBY league prodigies were out in force in Gladstone and Calliope on Tuesday at the second day of the Junior Footy Academy.

Dylan Vickery, 7, said he was attending all three days.

He said he enjoyed learning from the coaches.

"They teach us stuff about how to kick and pass well," he said.

"My favourite thing is tackling. It's been good to learn how to tackle properly."

The young Broncos supporter said he didn't want to become a professional footballer but still enjoyed the clinic.

"Playing flag football was lots of fun," he said.

"Instead of tackling, you have to take blue and red flags off people. It's exactly the same as footy but with flags."

Academy director Walson Carlos said the clinic was about getting children into the game they love at an early age.

"A lot of children love rugby league but play soccer and other sports," he said.

"We let them run around playing the sport their heroes play."

Emmett Power attended the first two days and was looking forward to the last day today in Gladstone.

"I know two friends going and I've already made one new friend," he said.

"It's been really good so far and lots of fun."

The seven-year-old North Queensland Cowboys supporter said he enjoyed beach football.

"Beach football is when you lay on your belly and you have to get up and beat four other people to three balls," he said.

"I did really well and made it down to the last three."

The course was run by Carlos and former South Sydney Rabbitoh Jamie Simpson.

Youngsters under the age of 18 competed in a variety of rugby league-orientated games.

The academy in Gladstone has been running since Monday and finishes today. The Calliope session only ran yesterday. The last day of the clinic will be held at the Gladstone Junior Rugby League Field from 8am.

For more information on the academy, call Walson Carlos on 0419 425 675.



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