Swans flying into Coffs
IT’S less than a week now before four Sydney Swans players, including superstar Adam Goodes, make their way to the Coffs Coast for a two-day camp.
Goodes, giant ruckman Shane Mumford and two other players will be in town on Tuesday and Wednesday where the quartet will be visiting schools and local sporting clubs as well as holding a super-clinic for budding AFL stars in the area.
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.”
The Swans’ commitment to the Coffs Coast region has already been proven in the past month after unveiling the Sydney Swans North Coast Academy which will be based at the Novotel Pacific Bay Resort.
The Coffs Harbour area has 12 young players who have recently been accepted into the Academy, headed by former Swans coach Paul Roos, and provides an intensive training program where the young Coffs Harbour region players will be coached each week by AFL experts.
Goodes will be coming to Coffs Harbour on Tuesday after he captains the Indigenous All-Stars team which is playing against Richmond tomorrow night in Alice Springs.
The dual Brownlow medallist says that he can’t wait for the Sydney Swans to begin its 2011 campaign.
“I’m really excited about the upcoming season,” he said. “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.”