Kings of the kids
PRIMARY school students across Coffs Harbour are preparing for visits from Sydney Swans players today.
The Swans quartet of captain Adam Goodes, big ruckman Shane Mumford, speed machine Gary Rohan and first round draft selection Lewis Johnston is booked in to visit St Augustine’s, Boambee, Coffs Harbour and Tyalla schools this afternoon.
That won’t be the end of the day for this group, though.
Goodes will pair up with former Sydney premiership coach Paul Roos this afternoon to announce the first group of North Coast players to be included in the new Sydney Swans Academy.
The four players will then take part in a massive registration day and clinic at the Coffs Coast Leisure Park which is starting at 4.30pm today.
The visit that the players are undertaking over the next two days is part of the AFL’s Community Camps program.
Rather than have the entire playing group stay for a short period in one town, the Swans are sending small groups of players all over the State to help promote the club’s brand.
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 pre-season 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.”