Swans fly into Coffs again
A CONTINGENT of Sydney Swans players is preparing once again to make its way towards Coffs Harbour.
Coffs Harbour has been named again as one of the communities that will be able to get up close to AFL stars from the Swans as part of the 2011 Telstra AFL Community Camps being held on February 8-9.
The Coffs Coast is one of eight regional centres that the players will be visiting.
Wollongong, Bowral, Newcastle, Port Macquarie, Griffith, Wagga Wagga and Gosford are the other towns that groups of Sydney players will be visiting.
It was little more than 12 months ago that Swans veteran Jude Bolton, along with teammates Kristin Thornton, Sam Reid and Daniel Currie, came to the Coffs Coast, where the quartet went straight to work in the community holding school clinics, hospital visits and coaching some of the representative juniors in the finer points of the game expected at the higher level.
Sydney Swans football manager Dean Moore says that the players can’t wait to get out and about in the country towns around New South Wales.
“The Swans are looking forward to visiting Coffs Harbour as part of our wider Community Camp throughout New South Wales, which will take in a total of eight regional centres and towns,” Moore said.
“The Community Camps are a fantastic opportunity for players to really involve themselves in the community and lend a helping hand, whether that be a visit to a hospital, a school or conducting a clinic for future stars of the game.”
The Swans are no strangers to these parts in recent years.
Aside from last year’s visit by players, the Swans played a practice match against Carlton at the BCU International Stadium in 2003 and held a successful training camp at Novotel Pacific Bay Resort in November 2007.
There was also the popular day in 2005 when Barry Hall, Luke Ablett, Lewis Roberts-Thompson, Ben Matthews and Nick Davis came to town with the AFL Premiership Cup that they had just won.
Moore said the club’s players held fond memories of the times they had spent in Coffs Harbour.
Although he couldn’t confirm which players would be coming to Coffs Harbour in two months, he said the club was looking forward to more players enjoying in February the hospitality the town provided.
“While we can’t confirm our itinerary or which group of players will visit Coffs Harbour at this stage, we will certainly be looking to connect with the local community and sporting and football clubs in the area.”
The Swans are looking forward to visiting Coffs Harbour as part of our wider Community Camp throughout New South Wales, which will take in a total of eight regional centres and towns,” Moore said.