THE AFL is pleased to announce the locations and dates for the 2016 Australia Post AFL Community Camps which will see the 18 AFL Clubs visit both metropolitan locations and regional centres.
The 2016 Australia Post AFL Community Camps will be held in February and March of next year with over 750 players from each AFL Club spending two days meeting fans and developing stronger links between Australian Football and the community.
In recognising that grassroots football and the community are the lifeblood of Australia’s Game, the 2016 Australia Post AFL Community Camps will have a renewed focus on school visits while also undertaking AFL super clinics and training sessions in the community and for local coaches.
AFL General Manager Game and Market Development, Simon Lethlean said the Australia Post AFL Community Camps is the first major event on the 2016 AFL calendar and allows players to give back to local communities.
“Before the first Sherrin is bounced in season 2016, the Australia Post AFL Community Camps start the year with players visiting over 60 locations right across the country allowing them to share their collective passion for the game by bringing people together and promoting participation at the grassroots level.
“More than ever before, we are seeing players drafted from all corners of Australia so it’s important that the next generation get the chance to meet their heroes and maybe even take part in an AFL super clinic run by them.
“But overall, the most important people in our game are no doubt the fans and the camps are a chance for the clubs and players to recognise the support they receive first-hand.
“During the 2014/2015 camps, over 95,000 school students had visits from AFL players and in 2016 we’re looking to exceed this number as the AFL Clubs concentrate on a dedicated school blitz, while also taking part in the traditional AFL super clinics out in the communities amongst other activities,” Mr Lethlean said.
562 schools were visited, 14,907 children participated in AFL super clinics and 3,760 people visited in aged care facilities and hospitals as part of the 2014/2015 Australia Post AFL Community Camps.
Australia Post General Manager Community Relations, Andrea Pearman said: “The Australia Post AFL Community Camps provide access to our national game for communities and individuals who may not have the opportunity to enjoy everything the AFL and its clubs has to offer.”
“This year the camps will include metropolitan areas from all around Australia and will continue to bring people together in a common interest – whether they are playing, watching or supporting sport, all are welcome.”
Currently in its thirteenth year, The Australia Post AFL Community Camps have reached a total of 971,716 students across 5050 school visits since the program’s inception in 2003.
2016 Australia Post AFL Community Camps
Adelaide Clare, SA. Monday 15 and Tuesday 16 February
Brisbane Lions Brisbane north and south metro regions, Toowoomba, Hervey Bay, Bundaberg, QLD. Tuesday 23 and Wednesday 24 February
Carlton Melbourne (cities of Melbourne, Moreland and Yarra), Maryborough, Castlemaine, Kyneton VIC. Wednesday 2 and Thursday 3 March
Collingwood Melbourne (cities of Darebin and Manningham) Ararat, Stawell VIC. Tuesday 9 and Wednesday 10 February
Essendon Sunbury, Lancefield, Riddells Creek, Wallan**, Kilmore**, Broadford**, Seymour, VIC** (**Occurring in the lead up to the NAB Challenge match at Deakin Reserve, Shepparton on Saturday, March 5) Thursday 3 and Friday 4 March
Fremantle Perth (covering all nine WAFL districts) Merredin, Corrigin, Bruce Rock, Mukinbudin, Brookton, Kalannie, Narembeen, WA. Monday 29 February and Tuesday 1 March
Geelong Shepparton**, Echuca, VIC** (**Occurring in the lead up to the NAB Challenge match at Deakin Reserve, Shepparton on Saturday, March 5) Thursday 3 and Friday 4 March
Gold Coast Gold Coast, QLD, Ballina, Byron Bay, Tweed, Lismore, NSW. Tuesday 9, Thursday 11 and Friday 12 February (on the Gold Coast) Friday 12 February (in Ballina, Tweed, Lismore and Byron Bay)
GWS Sydney - western suburbs, Griffith, Wagga Wagga, Broken Hill, NSW, Canberra, ACT** (**Occurring on the day after the NAB Challenge match at StarTrack Oval, Canberra on Thursday February 25) Thursday 18 and Sunday 21 February (in Sydney), Friday 26 February (in Canberra), Thursday 25 and Friday 26 February (in Griffith, Wagga Wagga and Broken Hill)
Hawthorn Launceston, Hobart, Bridport, Derby, Devonport, Burnie, Ulverstone, TAS. (Hawthorn’s camp will occur in the two days after the NAB Challenge match at Aurora Stadium, Launceston on Thursday February 18) Friday 19 and Saturday 20 February
North Melbourne Werribee, Wyndham, Hobart, Devonport, Burnie, Rosebery, Ulverstone, Oatlands, TAS. Thursday 25 and Friday 26 February
Melbourne Melbourne (cities of Stonnington, Glen Eira, Boroondara and Casey). Wednesday 10 and Thursday 11 February
Port Adelaide Murray Bridge, SA. Monday 8 and Tuesday 9 February
Richmond Melbourne (City of Yarra) Albury-Wodonga, VIC. Tuesday 9 and Wednesday 10 February
St Kilda Sorrento, Dromana, Mornington, Mt Eliza, Morwell, Moe VIC. Monday 22 and Tuesday 23 February
Sydney Swans Wollongong, Bowral, Newcastle, Port Macquarie, Terrigal, Armidale, Wagga Wagga, Sydney (central suburbs) NSW. Monday 8 and Tuesday 9 February
West Coast Perth (covering all nine WAFL districts), Kalgoorlie, WA. Monday 8 and Tuesday 9 February
Western Bulldogs Ballarat, VIC. Tuesday 16 and Wednesday 17 February
*Dates and locations are subject to change with updates promoted accordingly