Storm rolls into the Sunshine Coast
The Melbourne Storm will call the Sunshine Coast home for the next few weeks!
The NRL squad has set up a home away from home at Twin Water ahead of their round 8 clash with the Sydney Roosters, which has been switched from AAMI Park to Suncorp Stadium.
Under the NRL’s Project Apollo protocols, a total of 55 players and staff will be involved in the camp, with the club to use the first-class training facilities on offer at Sunshine Coast Stadium.
The Queensland Government has granted the club an exemption which allows the players and staff, who have been following strict COVID-19 protocols, to relocate to Queensland.
Storm CEO Dave Donaghy said the initial Sunshine Coast camp would be for a two-week period, with the ultimate goal of bringing the squad back to Melbourne when it is safe to do so.
“Sunshine Coast is the best option available to us in the circumstances we face at the moment and we would like to thank the Queensland Government for its assistance in making this relocation possible,” Donaghy said.
“We have strong links with Queensland and especially on the Sunshine Coast with our successful Lightning Super Netball team and our partnership with the Sunshine Coast Falcons.
“Even though we won’t be able to undertake public activities such as an open training session during this camp, I know our squad will be warmly welcomed and looked after as they prepare for the Roosters game on Thursday night.
While in Queensland, Storm will comply with the requirements set by the NRL and State Government to minimise the risks to our football bubble and the wider community.
Twin Waters Resort has allocated exclusive areas for Storm’s use to minimise the health risks and family members of players and staff will also be allowed to stay at the resort with restrictions in place.
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