The Gold Coast SUNS were established in 2009 with the promise of bringing bold, fresh, community-focused football to the people of the Gold Coast, a community we share a deep connection with. And we have been relentless in our commitment to consistently deliver on these promises.
We exist because the local community wanted an AFL club and was prepared to run a successful campaign to win an AFL licence.
We’re incredibly proud of what we’ve been able to deliver for the Gold Coast community and the AFL since we arrived on the Coast in 2009.
In the last five years our club and our players have committed to more than 26,115 community volunteering hours with a strong focus on key social projects tackling domestic violence, youth homelessness and regional needs.
It isn’t tick-a-box community. It is authentic engagement with a community that has backed us. It is giving back to a community that supports us.
We have worked hard to promote the growth of AFL in a rugby-obsessed state, with participation in junior football, the women’s game and Auskick programs up 82% overall. And we maintain strong community engagement to promote diversity, indigenous programs and multiculturalism.
This, combined with the development of Metricon Stadium and an average contribution to the local economy of some $38 million per year over the last five years, means we’re not only part of the future of this great game but also an integral part of the Gold Coast’s story.
We’ve worked hard to create a club based on community and a strong culture and we are now focused on building a high performing and successful club that is as bold, fearless and as committed on the field as it is off.
We are building a club that is sustainable and respected by all for its drive, professionalism, its culture and its commitment to both the game and the community that has supported the club.