The Tianjin Demons – from Melbourne’s sister city Tianjin in China – will be based at a new $1.5 million purpose built football oval launched today by representatives of the Melbourne Demons, the AFL and Lord Mayor Robert Doyle. Melbourne Football Club chief Cameron Schwab said his club would develop a series of programs to build a relationship with Melbourne’s Chinese community.
The chief executive of the Melbourne Football Club, Cameron Schwab said it had experienced first-hand the excitement of the introduction of AFL into China.
“We look forward to supporting and being part of the AFL’s plans to further grow the game there with our own initiatives, including the creation of the Tianjin Demons to compete in the growing AFL China League,” he said. “We’re also extremely excited about the opportunity that exists to build deeper engagement with Melbourne’s Chinese community, through a series of targeted programs and initiatives.” Melbourne Lord Mayor Robert Doyle, who is currently leading a business mission in China, said the launch of the oval was a significant step in establishing the game in China.
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