The Sydney Swans will return to Coffs Harbour next year to play North
Melbourne as part of the AFL’s pre-season competition, the JLT Community
The match is scheduled for Sunday, February 19 2017, at C.ex Coffs
International Stadium and will also be broadcast live on Fox Sports.
It’s a welcome return to the Stadium for top-level AFL which was last
seen here in 2015 when a crowd of over 4,000 watched Sydney take on the
“That was a highly successful event and we’re thrilled to be able to
welcome the Sydney Swans back to C.ex Coffs International Stadium, as well as –
once again – hosting a pre-season fixture,” said Council’s Group Leader City
Prosperity, Nikki Greenwood.
Daniel Heather, Council’ Section Leader Stadium and Major Events, said
the versatile Stadium has proved to be a truly fantastic venue for AFL. “We
hope that the Coffs Harbour community and broader AFL fan base across the north
coast will come out and support this match,” he said.
Mr Heather said Council’s ongoing partnership with the Sydney Swans has
greatly assisted Council in securing the highly sought-after event. “Our
relationship with the Sydney Swans really helped us get over the line as the
club has been very open about how much they value their time here in Coffs
Harbour,” he added.
The Sydney Swans have also confirmed that they will again be running
their pre-season camp in Coffs Harbour following their JLT Community Series
match against the Kangaroos. On previous visits, the Swans have attended
business breakfasts, school visits and clinics, as well as coaching clinics. The
club is promising their supporters in Coffs Harbour and Northern NSW that they will
again have several opportunities to meet and interact with the entire player
and coaching group again in February.
Joseph La Posta, AFL NSW/ACT State Manager - Partnerships Diversity and
Major Projects said: “We’re thrilled to welcome elite level AFL back to the
Coffs Coast, and we couldn’t have asked for two better teams. This announcement
is certain to provide a fantastic boost for the North Coast AFL Competition and
a wonderful linkage to Council’s partnership with the Sydney Swans.”
Sydney Swans General Manager of Football, Tom Harley, said the Club enjoyed strong links to the Coffs Harbour
community. “The Swans have always enjoyed a strong connection with the Coffs
Harbour community and through our QBE Sydney Swans Coffs Harbour Academy, our
pre-season training and community camps – and now another JLT Community Series
match in the city – that connection only grows stronger,” he said.
“The facility at C.ex Coffs International Stadium is outstanding and the
team has enjoyed spending an important part of their pre-season program
utilising the Stadium during the camps over the last two seasons. The JLT
Community Series is an important part of our preparation for the 2017 season
and we really look forward to taking on North Melbourne in front of a strong
Tickets will go on sale in early 2017.