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Storm CEO Dave Donaghy and Sunshine Coast Mayor Mark Jamieson announce the establishment of the Storm Academy. WATCH the full press conference from the Sunshine Coast in the video above.

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Melbourne Storm today launched the Storm Academy to be based in Queensland from 2016.

The pioneering program will see Storm’s National Youth Competition (NYC) team based at Sunshine Coast Stadium at Kawana Waters, alongside feeder team the Sunshine Coast Falcons.

This NRL-first project will be the Club’s major junior recruitment and development base and will provide the best possible pathway for young footballers to make it to Storm’s NRL squad.

In partnership with the Sunshine Coast Council, the Storm Academy will be based at Sunshine Coast Stadium, the premier venue for sport in the area, and will have access to seven fields, swimming pools and a gymnasium.

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