Gold Coast Titans to make holiday visit for pre-season camp
THE Gold Coast Titans' move into Group 2 territory will take a giant leap forward in next month's school holidays.
The club is booked for a pre-season camp while staying at Novotel Pacific Bay Resort and has planned to conduct various public appearances, training sessions and promotional events in the week beginning Monday, December 3.
Titans' corporate sales manager Mark Ellis said one of the biggest functions would involve a team training session on Wednesday, December 5, to begin at Advocate Park at about 8.30am.
"Given that this is the first time we have conducted such an event in the area, we believe that there would be a lot of interest," he said.
"This will be followed by a special training clinic with 300 local school kids between 10am-12pm attended by the entire team."
Coffs Harbour Comets have joined a Titans partnership to create an "academy" team and the squad will hold its own session with the visitors on Tuesday, December 4.
Group 2 chief administrator Jim Anderson said the league will keep a close eye on Gold Coast activities in the region.
"The club has made a number of visits and conducted functions back as far as the Orara Sevens and at no time have they made an official approach to inform us of their activities," he said.
"From my discussions with the Comets there are a lot of benefits to be had.
"While I don't see a great deal with what they appear to be doing, I know that it sometimes annoyed former president Greg Mayhew not to be informed.
"It wouldn't be a bad idea if they were to open the communication lines with the controlling authority and give us some more information."
At least two Group 2 clubs - Woolgoolga Seahorses and Bellinger Valley-Dorrigo Magpies - have indicated they are wary of losing some of their "starry-eyed" emerging talent to another club and putting their plans to come back to the under-18 football scene under pressure.