Stanhope Football Club is getting serious about junior footy in the Kyabram District league.
The club is establishing an academy of junior football players from ages 13 to 18.
The academy will provide a range of educational and training experiences for young players.
Academy co-ordinator Troy Auld said the club wanted to promote the KDFL as a place to play quality football.
‘‘Many clubs in the area struggle to recruit young players because there just aren’t as many junior players around,’’ Auld said.
‘‘We just want to make the most of the juniors we have and allow them to fulfil their potential.
‘‘The KDFL doesn’t have the pulling power of other leagues, so this is a way of encouraging players to the high quality footy the KDFL can provide.’’
Fellow co-ordinator Dean Wileman said the academy would create a solid platform for the club’s senior team to thrive with new talent.
‘‘We will use a range of methods in the academy to improve the young players we have,’’ Wileman said.
‘‘This will mean getting specialists from each part of the game to run drills and do testing with the kids.
‘‘We started looking at this at the latter part of last season with the aim of allowing every junior to be their best.’’
A raffle will be organised to raise funds for establishing the academy leading into the new season.
An information night will be on Sunday at Stanhope Recreation Reserve.