By Mark Perriman
The Brisbane Lions are set to take over the Sunshine Coast for their 2015 Australia Post Community Camp on February 10 and 11.
The camp kicks off at the iconic Big Pineapple on the Tuesday morning where the Lions will be welcomed to the region by Sunshine Coast Mayor, Cr Mark Jamieson.
The Lions player and coaching groups will visit schools and junior clubs from Maryborough to Maroochydore, giving young fans a unique opportunity to engage with their football heroes.
At schools, players will to deliver the message of inclusion and mateship, with a presentation of the Lionhearted Leaders program.
The broader Sunshine Brach community haven’t been left out; a FREE Beach Brekkie with the Lions is on offer at Alexandra Headlands Surf Life Saving Club on Wednesday 11 February from 6-9am.
The Beach Brekkie is all thanks to the team 92.7 Mix FM Sunshine Coast, and will feature fun for the whole family; including inflatable AFLs, beach games, an appearance by Bernie Gabba Vegas, great giveaways, and the chance to meet players for an autograph and photo.
The camp provides the club with the chance to reach-out and thank their regional supporters.
AFL General Manager of People, Customer and Community Dorothy Hisgrove echoed that sentiment when she said the camps provided players and coaches with the opportunity to give back to local communities.
“They provide fans across Australia with an opportunity to meet and engage with their favourite players and clubs,” said Hisgrove.
Hisgrove said that she felt the hands-on promotional efforts were invaluable to Lions and the AFL.
“Fans are the most important people in our game,” said Hisgrove.
“These camps are a terrific chance for AFL players to acknowledge their loyalty and support first-hand.”