Launching the New SUNS Active Lab

by Apr 9, 2024Elite Sport, News

The Gold Coast SUNS have today launched the ultimate free online fitness companion tailored for 12 – 17 year old’s in a partnership with the Queensland Government and Playbk Sports.

SUNS Active Lab is a cutting-edge fitness technology product accessed via a smart phone or any connected device which encourages young people to access inclusive fitness programs curated by SUNS staff. The Gold Coast SUNS are the first professional team in the country to craft a fully comprehensive digital fitness experience for young people in what is a window into how technology can enhance athlete development and physical activity outcomes for young people.

Introducing SUNS Active Lab

It’s a program for everyone – whether you’re an athlete, a fitness enthusiast or just getting started in your journey to becoming fit and active.

Featuring 100+ professionally-produced videos across seven key fitness areas; strength, speed, agility, mobility, aerobic, warm up/cool down and technique – the SUNS Active Lab is aimed to enable young Queenslanders to be physically active more often.

In collaboration with Health & Wellbeing Queensland, the SUNS Active Lab is designed to reduce barriers like cost and accessibility and encourages young people to be motivated by physical activity.

GC SUNS Chief Executive Mark Evans said:

“We are proud to once again be joining forces with our e-learning partner Playbk Sports and the Queensland Government to deliver this new exciting initiative tailored to teenagers,” Evans said.

“Imagine an entire library of exercises all in the palm of your hand, that can be accessed anytime and anywhere, along with words of motivation from SUNS stars like Touk Miller, Jack Lukosius, Lauren Bella and Lucy Single.

“What’s even better is it’s completely free through the SUNS Learning platform which now caters to school students of all ages.”

“We’re committed to making a difference in our community and pleasingly our reach now extends from early childhood with Kool Beanz SUNS, all the way to tertiary education through the Gold Coast College of Sport and Business.”

Playbk Sports is at the cutting edge of transforming elite sporting organisations expertise into impactful, engaging and easy to access content. A burning desire for the organisation is to rewrite the narrative around technology and its benefits for young people.

SUNS Active Lab complements the SUNS in Schools online learning programs already being accessed by over 4000 students and teachers in Queensland and is showcasing how technology can enable more inclusive access to world class learning and physical activity programs.

Playbk Co-Founder Damian Hecker said:

“While 97% of Australians understand the importance of physical activity for health and wellbeing, it’s concerning that nearly 40% of young Queenslanders don’t meet the daily 60-minute quota. Our aim is to tackle geographic barriers, reduce participation costs, and instil fun into physical activity for all, driving our passion for innovative projects like this.”

Ben King helps launch SUNS Active Lab

This new product allows the Gold Coast SUNS to share their expertise and brand with fans all across Queensland and the country, enabling more young people to be active and supporting the Queensland Government to promote the health benefits of being physically active,

Queensland State Minister for Tourism and Sport Michael Healy MP said:

“The Miles Government is always looking at new and better ways to improve the health and wellbeing of all Queenslanders and this program is helping to make it easier for more Queenslanders to be physically active more often.  

“This product ticks all the boxes and has the potential to have a real impact on the lives of young Queenslanders, some of whom may well be running out for the Suns in years to come.”

The SUNS Active Lab is now available to sign up and access from your smart device.

Thank you to the Queensland Government Department of Tourism and Sport and Health & Wellbeing Queensland ActiveKIT (Round 2) grant funding for supporting this initiative. 

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About Gold Coast SUNS 
The Gold Coast SUNS is a professional Australia rules football club that competes in the Australian Football League (AFL). The club fields men’s and women’s teams and has been playing in the AFL since 2011.

About Playbk Sports

In 2015, Playbk Sports founders, good mates Damian Hecker and Jon Shepherd, set out to build an education experience without compromise.

They were tired of clunky PowerPoint Presentation, outdated PDF documents and people in regional areas missing out.

So, they sourced the best technology and built the most immersive online experience they could imagine – Improving Sport for People with an Intellectual Disability – and since then, they’ve built even more products to stand up to technology demands and needs of modern learners of top-tier sports.

Today, we’re trusted by the biggest teams in sport, including the National Football League (NFL) and clients across the Australian Football league (AFL), National Rugby League (NRL), National Basketball League (NBL), Suncorp Super Netball, as well as AusCycling and Special Olympics Australia who form part of a global movement for people with an intellectual disability.

At Playbk Sports, we give world-wide fans what they want – closer access to the sports they love.


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