Blues coming to Coast
CARLTON are the latest club to announce the Sunshine Coast as its AFL pre-season training venue in the hope to join the last five premiership teams who won the competition after holding their pre-season camp in the region.
Tourism, Sport and Major Events Portfolio Cr Jason O’Pray said it was great to have the Blues join premiers Richmond, Western Bulldogs and Melbourne as clubs confirmed for camps prior to the 2018 season.
“The high quality sporting facilities we have in our region, along with great weather conditions provides a fantastic combination for professional sporting teams to prepare ahead of the start of their competition,” Cr O’Pray said.
“These camps also provide our community with great economic and social benefits by contributing to the Sunshine Coast becoming known as a high-quality sporting destination and adding to the $440 million per year in economic activity the comes from the sports economy.”
Carlton Head of Football and former player Andrew McKay said the Blues were looking forward to heading to the Coast.
“In ideal weather conditions, it will be a week of hard work on the training track for our players and connecting with our supporter base in Queensland,” Mr McKay said.
Mr McKay said Carlton will be on the Sunshine Coast for one week in mid-December, with details of a community open session still to be confirmed.
PRE-SEASON CAMP: The Blues are coming to the Sunshine Coast.