Four schools in the Atherton Tableland region will receive a visit from the North Queensland Toyota Cowboys’ development staff next week.

Leading the trip, which is supported by the Queensland Department of National Parks, Recreation, Sport and Racing, will be Cowboys game development manager Ryan Mahoney who will visit the state schools in Tolga, Atherton, Malanda and Mt Garnet as the Cowboys continue their commitment to regional Queensland destinations.

Ryan will be accompanied by NRL game development officer Robbie Moore and Cowboys game development officer Gavin Lloyd.

They will finish up with a junior league clinic and coaches update for all junior league clubs in Cairns on Thursday 11 September that will also be attended by former Cowboys and Queensland State of Origin forward Dallas Johnson.

The school-based visits include engaging the students in rugby league skills training sessions, as well as talking about how to live a healthy lifestyle.

“We’re looking forward to a great few days on the Tablelands, spending a day at each school and then ending off with our clinic and coaches session in Cairns with Dallas as our special guest,” Mahoney said.

“The kids on the Tablelands are huge rugby league fans, and there are plenty of Cowboys supporters there who we’re looking forward to catching up with ahead of the NRL finals.

“As well as talking about footy, we get to share some important messages, especially on the importance of exercise and healthy eating.

“They’re always enjoyable visits that the kids get something out of and we also learn more about what is happening in their lives.”

The tour starts at Tolga State School on Monday.