Southport Sharks supports the Gold Coast SUNS

Southport Sharks has been a supporter of the Gold Coast SUNS since the beginning.

On April 22, 2008 The Australian Football League formally invited a group of Gold Coast business and community representatives, including Southport Football Club president Dr Alan Mackenzie, to form a board to participate in a six month process to demonstrate an AFL licence for a new team based on the Gold Coast had all the foundations for long-term success. GC 17 was born. 

Southport Sharks confirmed its commitment to its charter, its members and the people of the Gold Coast in 2008 through a 12 year Patron Partnership agreement in support of the proposed team. 

The Gold Coast's AFL side was unofficially born on March 31, 2009, when at the club’s inaugural player launch, AFL CEO Andrew Demetriou took to the stage and announced GC17  had been successful in gaining a provisional licence to compete in the AFL from 2011. 

On July 22, 2010 after an exhaustive search and community consultation, the Gold Coast's nickname, colours and team song were revealed at a gala function at the Southport Sharks Function Centre (now Sharks Events Centre).

The Patron Partnership between Southport Sharks and the Gold Coast SUNS is now in it's eighth year. 

Various Patron Partnership objectives are achieved through significant on-going financial contribution to the Gold Coast SUNS, contribution to club governance and strategic direction through Sharks' position on the Gold Coast SUNS board of directors and a working partnership to develop the sport of Australian Rules football across the region.


The Patron Partnership with the Gold Coast SUNS:

  • Acknowledges the significant contribution the Sharks  have made to the game in Queensland
  • Fulfils Southport Sharks' mission to promote and foster the development of Australian Rules Football
  • Continues the evolution of Australian Rules Football in the region
  • Extends the contribution of Southport’s history of success and leadership in the Queensland Australian Football community

This package proudly recognises Southport Sharks’ continued commitment to the community and determination to foster the development of AFL in the region.


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