Jack Bird at the Wondai Road to Regions tour.
Jack Bird at the Wondai Road to Regions tour. Claudia Williams

Learning from the very best

RUGBY LEAGUE: Broncos, Cowboys and South Burnett club jerseys were out in full force when NRL stars Tim Grant and Jack Bird visited Wondai on Tuesday as part of the NRL's Road to Regions initiative.

Players from six to 16 years old learnt new drills and received advice from Grant and Bird.

"It has been good to give back to the community out here and we have had a great turn-out here and it has been a good bunch of little kids running around,” Bird said.

As a new recruit for the Brisbane Broncos this season, Bird was glad to see the support for the club.

"It is good to come here and be around the fans,” he said.

"It has been pretty crazy to come here and see a lot of Broncos fans. Obviously it is in the heart of Queensland and I kinda knew there would be a lot of Brisbane supporters and there are also some Sharks and a lot of Cowboys fans so it is a great mixture of supporters for teams.”

It was also a great opportunity for South Burnett club coaches to watch on and see the different drills.

Nathan Prain coached the Kingaroy Red Ants under-8 team for the 2017 season and said it was interesting to see the different ideas for drills at the clinic.

"These fellas are drilled up with different drills they do all the time which makes it interesting for the kids,” he said.

"Doing the same thing with kids over and over again gets monotonous but a couple of drills you can pick up makes it easier for coaches.”

Tim Grant of the West Tigers was happy to be involved and give back.

"We're here to not only thank our local supporters for their continued support but to also inspire kids and adults alike to get involved in the game and our family-friendly community,” he said.

The players trained with the South Burnett under-18 side and visited Taabinga, Tingoora, Wondai, Proston and St Josephs and Murgon primary schools and Murgon state high school to meet students and kick a footy with them.