Western Sydney Wanderers are booked for the first A-League venture at C.ex Coffs International Stadium on August 7.
Western Sydney Wanderers are booked for the first A-League venture at C.ex Coffs International Stadium on August 7. AAP/Mick Tsikas

North Coast Football excited A-League will play 'friendly'

A-LEAGUE Football finally arrives at C.ex Coffs International Stadium on Friday, August 7.

Plans for Newcastle Jets to play a trial at the venue in 2010 fell through at the last moment but Western Sydney Wanders have already been locked in for a pre-season trial against an opponent to be announced.

North Coast Football was notified after the latest Coffs Harbour City Council meeting that $50,000 would be made available to stage the match.

The funds are available on the condition that a memorandum of understanding is produced to specify how the money will be spent and North Coast Football has issued a statement saying the document is being prepared and should be signed in the next few days.

In the meantime, NCF is working with key stakeholders to prepare for what will be an important week of interaction between local football fans and the elite level of the game in Australia.

NCF has acknowledged the proposal would not be possible without two key pieces of infrastructure.

Firstly, the Pacific Bay Resort elite training facility where Western Sydney Wanderers club conducted a training session earlier this year and were so impressed by the facility, the club agreed to return for a week long camp in August.

Secondly, C.ex Coffs International Stadium is key to staging elite sporting events and is a major reason why the A-League is finally about to dip its toes in local waters.



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