Cats to sweat it out during Coffs camp

Andrew Mackie of the Cats looks to control the ball during the round 10 AFL match between the Geelong Cats and the Greater Western Sydney Giants at Simonds Stadium
Geelong is set to come to Coffs Harbour in December but the planned pre-season training camp will be anything but a holiday. Robert Cianflone - Getty Images

AFL powerhouse Geelong is set to spend a week sweating it out in Coffs Harbour.

The Cats will be conducting a pre-season training camp using Novotel Pacific Bay Resort as their base from December 12 to 20.

It will be the whole club coming here as well.

All 46 players on the club's list, including the new draftees, will be training here as well as coach Chris Scott and the club's extended coaching staff.

Long serving Geelong football manager Neil Balme said the club was looking forward to its time in Coffs.

"As a club we are looking forward to a change of setting for our pre-season training camp," Balme said.

"Heading to Coffs Harbour to utilise their impressive facilities will be beneficial for all involved."

All football sessions at C.ex Coffs International Stadium will be open to the public with training on Thursday, December 19 to include a player meet and greet and signing session.

While not a traditional AFL city, Coffs Harbour has been no stranger to AFL clubs being here for a training camp.

In recent years the Sydney Swans, Essendon and reigning premier Hawthorn have all spent time in Coffs Harbour.

The Advocate believes the cost of the camp is being worn by both Geelong and Pacific Bay Resort. Coffs Harbour City Council is making no financial commitment toward the Cats.