The AFL has announced the locations for the 2014/2015 Australia Post AFL Community Camps with the Brisbane Lions to visit the Sunshine Coast (Maroochydore to Maryborough/Gympie) on February 10-11 and the Gold Coast SUNS to hit Townsville, Mackay and Byron Bay on March 2-3
More than 800 AFL players will take the game to regional and rural communities around Australia and New Zealand in the lead up to the 2015 Toyota AFL Premiership Season.
AFL General Manager People Customer and Community, Dorothy Hisgrove said the Australia Post AFL Community Camps were about players giving back to the community and sharing with fans their passion for Australia’s Game.
“The Australia Post AFL Community Camps are a significant event in the AFL pre-season calendar as they provide fans across Australia with an opportunity to meet and engage with their favourite players and clubs.
“Players will carry out training sessions and visit schools, local football clubs, nursing homes and hospitals, bringing people together and promoting participation in footy at a grass roots level.
“Fans are the most important people in our game and these camps are a terrific chance for AFL players to acknowledge their loyalty and support first-hand,” said Ms Hisgrove.
Australia Post General Manager Community Relations, Andrea Pearman said: “Through the Australia Post AFL Community Camps we are proud to help provide access to our national game to communities and individuals who may not otherwise have the opportunity to enjoy everything the AFL and its clubs has to offer.”
“The role of sport in building thriving, healthy and connected communities cannot be underestimated. It brings everyone together in a common interest – whether they are playing, watching or supporting sport, all are welcome.”
2014/15 Australia Post AFL Community Camps
AFL CLUB LOCATION & SURROUNDS RECOMMEDATIONS DATES
Adelaide Port Lincoln (linked to nab Challenge match) March 2-3
Brisbane Lions Sunshine Coast (Maroochydore to Maryborough/Gympie)
Carlton Shepparton Feb 17-18
Collingwood Bendigo/North Central (linked to nab Challenge match)
Essendon Sunbury, Riddell, Macedon Ranges. Feb 9-10
Fremantle Geraldton and Mortlock – Midlands region Feb 18-19
Geelong Cats Bellarine Peninsula, Surf Coast, Mininera-Mortlake Feb 23-24
Gold Coast SUNS Townsville (linked to nab Challenge match), Mackay and Byron Bay (NSW) March 2-3
GWS Canberra, Wagga Wagga, Griffith, Albury, Batemans Bay, Broken Hill, Bathurst Feb 17-18
Hawthorn Tasmania (Launceston, Hobart, Swansea, Queenstown) (linked to NAB Challenge match) Feb 27-March 1
North Melbourne Hobart & Werribee Feb 19-20
Melbourne Leongatha/Wonthaggi Feb 11-12
Port Adelaide Barossa Valley (Tanunda, Nuriootpa, Gawler, Kapunda)
Richmond East Gippsland (Bairnsdale/Lakes Entrance) Feb 10-11
St Kilda Wellington, Auckland, Christchurch & Mornington Peninsula east ( Hastings, Tyabb, Crib Point) Dec 1-3, 2014 (MP) Dec 2-3, 2014 (NZ)
Sydney Wollongong, Bowral, Newcastle, Port Macquarie, Gosford, Tamworth, Armidale, Wagga Wagga and Sydney metro locations Feb 16-17
West Coast Eagles Bunbury Feb 10-11
Western Bulldogs Ballarat March 4-5