Sydney Swans forward/ruckman Kurt Tippett stands head and shoulders above the 220 kids who attended Thursday's AFL superclinic at C.ex Coffs International Stadium.
Sydney Swans forward/ruckman Kurt Tippett stands head and shoulders above the 220 kids who attended Thursday's AFL superclinic at C.ex Coffs International Stadium. Trevor Veale

Swans prove they're kings of the kids

TO WITNESS the increasing popularity of the Sydney Swans on the Coffs Coast, one only had to see how many kids were at Thursday afternoon's superclinic.

C.ex Coffs International Stadium was a sea of five- to 12-year-olds eager to learn from the Swans players.

AFL NSW/ACT North Coast development coordinator Matt Crawley said there were 220 kids present to learn the skills of the game on Thursday, a marked increase on 12 months ago.

"I think we only had 70 kids last year, so to more than triple that was a fantastic result," Crawley said.

The Swans held two open training sessions at the stadium and Wednesday's session saw the team go through a gruelling 60 minute intra-club match, followed by a half-hour of testing drills.

Coach John Longmire said the four-day camp was just what the team needed, as the season quickly approached.

"We came up here to make sure we got a really good match practice in on Wednesday," Longmire said. "It's an important part of our program to come up here and play in the conditions that we did and I thought it was really good to see that."

Six players will return to Coffs Harbour on February 10 and 11 for the Australia Post Community Camps.