Gold Coast SUNS to build $10 million childcare centre

An exciting day for Gold Coast Suns fans, with confirmation the city is getting its very own AFL-themed childcare centre.

The $10 million facility, being built in partnership with Autism Queensalnd and Kool Beanz, was officially unveiled this morning.

Gold Coast SUNS Chief Executive Mark Evans and Acting Gold Coast Mayor Donna Gates turned the sod on a block of vacant land next door to Metricon Stadium, where the facility is being built.


The childcare will boast 13 classrooms, along with an art room, library, LEGO room, animal farm, vegetable gardens and a running creek.

The state-of-the-art childcare facility will also feature a large auditorium to host spectators for stage performances, presentations and graduations.

“This project has been more than 5 years in the making, researching leading operators worldwide, gathering inspiration and ideas to ensure we are creating a first-class service,” Kool Beanz Academy founder Bruce Coulson said.

“We look forward to partnering with both the Gold Coast SUNS and Autism Queensland to further solidify this project as a unique learning environment for children never seen before”.

Opening mid-2022, GC SUNS Chief Executive Mark Evans said the cutting-edge facility will create roughly 45 jobs, as well as support the childcare needs of the local community.

“Since our inception we’ve strived to mean more to our community than just the Gold Coast’s AFL team,” Mr Evans said.

“We want to have a lasting impact on the next generation of talented children growing up on the Gold Coast and hopefully both on and off the football field.

“We’re excited about the opportunities that lay ahead with this state-of-the-art facility and it’s integration with the Gold Coast SUNS and Autism Queensland.”

The centre will be able to take 203 enrolments, with up to 30 spots specifically for children requiring extra care.