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December 6, 2017 3:58 PM

The AFL is pleased to announce the dates and locations for the 2017/2018 AFL Community Camps which see all 18 AFL Clubs visit both metropolitan and regional locations.

The Fremantle Football Club kicks off the AFL Community Camps tomorrow and Friday with players visiting the Peel, Mandurah and Wheatbelt regions in Western Australia.

With all 18 AFL Clubs participating, the AFL Community Camps see over 750 players each spending two days meeting fans and developing stronger links between Australian Football and the community.  

AFL General Manager Game Development, Andrew Dillon, said the AFL Community Camps are an essential part of the AFL calendar which recognizes the importance of grassroots football and the community in Australia’s game. 

“The AFL Community Camps allow us to give back to the community for their love and support of our game,” Mr Dillon said.

“As a result of all the positivity surrounding the AFL Community Camps in the past, we’re excited to again have 18 clubs visit fans in all areas of Australia over the next few months.

“The AFL Community Camps are a great opportunity for fans to have access to their favourite players, regardless of how far they live. 

“Many of the clubs have aligned their AFL Community Camp locations to their Next Generation AFL Club Academies and their JLT Community Series matches.

“The Next Generation AFL Club Academies are part of the AFL’s broader commitment to invest in the community foundations of our game, increasing the opportunities for young boys and girls to learn about and play the game of Australian Football,” he said.

During the 2017 AFL Community camps, 120,363 school students had visits from AFL players with 742 schools being visited. 6,070 children participated in AFL super clinics, 2,668 people were visited in aged care/hospitals and funds were raised through official functions to assist local junior community football programs. 

The AFL Community Camps started in 2003 and so far, have reached a total of 1,238,641 students across 6,615 school visits since the program’s commencement.

2018 AFL Community Camps*: 

AFL CLUB

LOCATIONS*

2018 DATES*

Adelaide

·       Adelaide Hills & South Adelaide - South Australia

·       26-27 February

Brisbane Lions

·       Toowoomba, Bundaberg, Fraser Coast & Ipswich/Springfield corridor - Queensland

·       19-20 February

Carlton

·       Metro (North) Darebin, Banyule, Whittlesea & Nillumbik - Victoria

·       Yarra Ranges (Warburton, Yarra Junction & surrounds) - Victoria

·       20-21 February

 

Collingwood

·       LaTrobe Valley & Traralgon - Victoria

·       Oakleigh LGA - Victoria

·       Barkley – Tennant Creek - NT

·       5-6 February

·       5-6 February

·       4-8 February

Essendon

·       Essendon & Craigieburn - Victoria

·       Camperdown, Cobden, Timboon - Victoria

·       12-13 March

·       12-13 March

Fremantle

·       Peel & Mandurah region – WA

·       Wheatbelt region - WA

·       7-8 December (2017)

Geelong Cats

·       Colac – Victoria

·       Bellarine & Geelong - Victoria

·       February 19-20

·       February 19-20

Gold Coast SUNS

·       Townsville – Queensland

·       Gold Coast & Northern Rivers region - Queensland

·       March 1-2

·       February 6

GWS GIANTS

·       Wagga, Griffith, South Coast Merimbula, Central West Bathurst & Orange – NSW

·       Canberra

·       Greater Western Sydney suburbs

·       February 28 – March 1

 

 

·       February 28 – March 1

·       February 14

Hawthorn

·       Tasmania

·       Katherine, NT

·       March 8-11

·       February 15-18

Melbourne

·       Casey, Stonnington, Boroodara, Glen Eira – Victoria

·       Alice Springs - NT

·       February 26-27

·       February 22-23

North Melbourne

·       Tasmania

·       February 26-27

Port Adelaide

·       Yorke Peninsula, Port Lincoln, Ceduna & Yatala – South Australia

·       February 12-13

Richmond

·       Bendigo & Echuca -Victoria

·       February 12-13

St Kilda

·       Kingston, Dandenong & Mornington Peninsula - Victoria

·       February 12-13

Sydney

·       Sydney metro, Terrigal, Newcastle, Port Macquarie, Wollongong, Bowral, Coffs Harbour, Armidale & Tamworth - NSW

·       February 5-6

West Coast Eagles

·       Busselton, Port Headland, Newman & Perth Metro - WA

·       February 13-14

Western Bulldogs

·       Hamilton – Victoria

·       Ballarat - Victoria

·       March 2-3

·       March 1-2


*Dates and locations are subject to change with updates promoted accordingly.