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A critical element of building the football club will be establishing and maintaining a community connection. Our promise is to ensure that we will have meaningful engagement with the community and our pathway ensures that the Club will be owned by its members within a few years.

The Gold Coast SUNS were unofficially born on 31st March 2009, when at the club’s inaugural player launch, AFL CEO Andrew Demetriou took to the stage and announced GC SUNS had been granted a provisional licence to compete in the AFL from 2011. The attendees were made up of representatives from the community, junior football clubs, local supporters and government organisations including Queensland Premier Anna Bligh, Gold Coast Mayor Ron Clarke and Gold Coast City Councillors.

Gold Coast SUNS Chairman John Witheriff said the Gold Coast community had stood up and been counted when asked to support the GC17 bid launched last April.

“I believe the Gold Coast has been given an incredible opportunity and the successful licence bid was for all of us who know an AFL team can succeed on the Gold Coast,” he said.

“It was a time for celebration but now we continue the hard work required to build the heart and soul of a successful football club. This is another step in our journey to becoming the most exciting sporting club in Australia.”