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.
“Our region seems to have become a winning formula for professional football teams, with the last five AFL premiership winners all holding pre-season training camps on the Sunshine Coast,” Cr O’Pray said.
“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.
“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 for the first time in several years for their pre-season training in December.
“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
Carlton will be on the Coast for one week in mid-December, with details of a community open session still to be confirmed.
Along with Carlton, Sunshine Coast will also host pre-season training camps for the 2017 premiers the Richmond Tigers, Western Bulldogs and Melbourne football clubs as they prepare for the 2018 competition.