Sydney Swans set for Coffs Harbour Community Camp
Four Sydney Swans players including co-captain Adam Goodes and ruckman Shane Mumford will visit Coffs Harbour on February 8 and 9 as part of the Swans annual Telstra AFL Community Camp.
The entire Swans playing list will scatter across eight regional centres and towns throughout New South Wales during their 2011 Camp.
The Coffs Harbour area has 12 young players who have recently been accepted into the QBE Sydney Swans North Coast Academy. The Academy is headed by former Swans coach Paul Roos and provides an intensive training program to develop junior NSW talent.
The Academy, which caters for boys aged between 9 and 18, will ensure talented youngsters have a clear pathway to one day play for the Sydney Swans if they are good enough
An Academy training centre has been established at the Pacific Bay Resort, Novotel, where the young Coffs Harbour region players will be coached each week by AFL experts.
Swans co-captain Adam Goodes said he was looking forward to visiting the Coffs Harbour area.
“The new AFL season is just around the corner, and the community camps are a welcome change to our gruelling preseason training schedule,” he said.
“We have so much support outside the Sydney metropolitan area, so it is important we get a chance to go to those areas and meet the community and hopefully lend a helping hand in some way.
“I’m really excited about the upcoming season. The whole group has had a really strong pre-season, we have a great mix of experience and exciting young players and we need everyone to get on board and help push us back into the finals in 2011,” Goodes said.
During a busy camp, players will visit schools, local sporting clubs and also hold a super-clinic for budding AFL stars.