Port Adelaide Power has confirmed it will visit the coast mid-December.
Hawthorn and GWS Giants are also hitting the Sunshine Coast this month while the Western Bulldogs, Melbourne and Carlton arrive after Christmas with all clubs using the Maroochydore Multi Sports Complex facilities for their training camps.
Tourism, Sport and Major Events portfolio councillor Jason O’Pray welcomed the news that The Power had confirmed its attendance.
“It truly is a wonderful result to have one third of all AFL clubs choosing our region as the destination for their camps. With our beautiful climate, world-class beaches and outstanding facilities, it is not hard to see why our region is a popular choice for clubs to go through their pre-season paces,” Cr O’Pray said.
Cr O’Pray said Council recently completed a $3.1 million upgrade to the Maroochydore Multi Sports Complex – which included new change rooms and amenities, first aid, medical rooms and administration offices – would help continue to attract elite sporting clubs to the region.
In addition to training at the Maroochydore Multi Sports Complex, The Power will make use of the state-of-the-art high performance training and rehabilitation facilities at the Sports Hub Sunshine Coast at Lake Kawana.
The Power’s Senior Assistant Coach Michael Voss said this year’s camp would build on the side’s pre-season preparation so far and send the players into their Christmas break with a strong block of training.
“We’re pleased to be at the Sunshine Coast where we are going to have access to some really good facilities,” Mr Voss said.
“It’s a fantastic chance to get away together, spend some time together and get to know each other more, just by being in each other’s presence 24/7,” he said.
“We’ll also take the opportunity to build some conditioning in the players’ bodies.
“The load we’ll put on the players will be ramped up massively. It’ll be one of the hardest weeks of the whole pre-season before the boys go on their Christmas break, so they’ll work hard and back up for session after session with some team building around that.”
Port Adelaide will have several new faces on the camp including a host of players from the recent NAB AFL Draft.
Clubs will hold open training sessions which fans are welcome to attend. Keep an on council’s Facebook page as well as your favourite clubs’ social media channels for details of sessions.