In a boost for South Coast football, the Foxtel A-League All Stars will prepare for their glamour clash against Italian champions Juventus with a six-day training camp in at Wollongong’s WIN Stadium.
As part of the training camp from 1-6 August, the Foxtel A-League All Stars will hold a fan day at WIN Stadium from 9.30am on Sunday 3 August, prior to the NPL NSW 1 match between South Coast Wolves against St George FC (Kick-Off 1pm (Res) and 3pm (First Grade).
Following the open training session, fans will also get the opportunity to get autographs and photos with their favourite players from the Foxtel A-League All Stars squad.
The Foxtel A-League All Stars will then play a training match against the Young Socceroos at WIN Stadium on Tuesday 5 August (kick-off 7pm).
Entry will be free to both the fan day on the Sunday and the friendly match on Tuesday.
This exciting announcement was made today Football Federation Australia Chief Executive Officer David Gallop who thanked WIN Stadium and Football South Coast for their support of the Foxtel A-League All Stars.
“Last year we saw the successful creation of the Foxtel A-League All Stars concept,” Gallop said.
“This year we will see one of the great club teams in world football, Juventus FC, face the best players from the Hyundai A-League in a mouth-watering clash.
“The decision to take the Foxtel A-League All Stars pre-match training camp to the Illawarra is a mutually beneficial one which allows our head coach Josep Gombau to prepare his team for their important challenge utilising world class facilities and to reward football fans in the Illawarra region by having world class players train on their doorstep.
“I would like to personally thank Stuart Barnes from WIN Stadium along with Ann-Marie Balliana from Football South Coast for their collective efforts in making this event possible.
“I urge all football fans from the Illawarra to support the Foxtel A-League All Stars when they are in Wollongong,” concluded Gallop.
General Manager of the WIN Sports & Entertainment Centres, Stuart Barnes, welcomed the FFA’s decision to bring the Foxtel A-League All Stars to Wollongong.
“This represents further confidence in WIN Stadium as a ‘Football Venue’, by the FFA. We are particularly pleased that the FFA have accommodated the Wolves game against St. George, on Sunday 3 August, in their training schedule, offering the opportunity for fans to watch and meet the best players in the A-League and support the South Coast Wolves game, on the same day”.
“This year WIN Stadium has hosted a wide range of Football, fully demonstrating the versatility of WIN Stadium, its playing surface and player, media and patron facilities, with news of more Football events to be released very soon, for later this year and next year”.
Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Football South Coast, Ann-Marie Balliana, believes that having the Foxtel A-League All Stars in Wollongong is fantastic for football in the region.
“To host the Foxtel A-League All Stars as they prepare for their historic match against Juventus is a huge honour for Football South Coast,” said Balliana.
“Over the past few years, we have made great strides in the promotion and development of football in the region which includes the unification of the various bodies into a united association.
“This is another significant event in our region's rich football history for all to celebrate,” concluded Balliana.
NSW Deputy Premier and Minister for Tourism and Major Events, Andrew Stoner said it is fantastic the A-League All Stars will set up camp in the Illawarra prior to their match against Italian football giants Juventus.
“Wollongong boasts some fantastic world class sporting facilities and with its close proximity to Sydney it is an ideal location for the A-League All Stars to be based in the lead up to this exciting match at Sydney’s ANZ Stadium,” Mr Stoner said.
Following a successful tour to Sydney by English Premier League Champions Manchester United in 2013, the NSW Government in partnership with Football Federation Australia, secured a visit by one of the world’s oldest football clubs, Juventus.
“The Illawarra region is a passionate sporting corridor of NSW and this is a great opportunity for local fans to be part of the action and hopefully catch the All Stars as they prepare for their clash against Juventus,” he said.
In addition to the fan day and friendly match, members of the Foxtel A-League All Stars will conduct coaching clinics at selected schools and football clubs in the local area.
Tap here http://www.a-leagueallstars.com.au for tickets as well as voting (final voting finishes this Friday July 4) for the FOXTEL A-League All Stars squad.
FOXTEL A-League All Stars v Juventus FC
Sunday 10 August 2014
ANZ Stadium, Sydney
Kick-Off: 7:30 pm AEST
Category A - $169.50 all tickets
Category B - $99.50 Adult, $59.50 Concession, $258.50 Family
Category C- $59.50 Adult, $39.50 Concession, $158.50 Family
Juventus Active Area - $59.50 Adult, $39.50 Concession
Ticket Prices are inclusive of GST & Booking Fee. Transaction and credit card charges may apply.
Ticket Price Includes Public Transport, conditions apply.
Concession (Pensioner, Student, Child)
Pensioner - Aged,TPI (valid ID cards) including seniors cards
Student - Full time tertiary and secondary school students (valid ID required)
Child - 4–16 years inclusive (children 3 years and under are free unless they are occupying a seat)
Family – 2 Adults and 2 Children (4-16) or 1 Adult and 3 Children (4-16)
National Companion Card Accepted