THE AFL is pleased to announce the locations for the 2013/2014 Australia Post AFL community camps, with Greater Western Sydney to kick off the first camp in Canberra on December 2.
The community camps will see more than 800 AFL players take the game to regional and rural communities across Australia, as well as overseas when St Kilda visits Wellington, New Zealand in February 2013.
The AFL's manager of people, customer and community, Dorothy Hisgrove, said fans of all ages across the country will have the chance to meet their AFL heroes, in the lead-up to the 2014 Toyota AFL premiership season.
"The Australia Post AFL community camps are about taking Australia's game to regional and rural communities and providing fans with opportunities to meet and interact with their favourite AFL players and clubs," Hisgrove said.
"The AFL stars will carry out training sessions and visit schools, local football clubs, post offices, nursing homes and hospitals, to bring together individuals and communities, while promoting healthy lifestyles and participation."
Australia Post manager of community relations, Andrea Pearman, believes the community camps play an important role in the communities they visit.
"The role of sport in building thriving communities cannot be underestimated. Playing, watching or supporting sport can be an activity where all people are welcome as they come together and share a common passion," Pearman said.
"Through the Australia Post AFL community camps we are happy to help provide access to our national game to communities and individuals who may not otherwise have the opportunity enjoy all the AFL and its clubs have to offer."
Where and when the camps will be held
Adelaide Victor Harbor, Kangaroo Island Feb 10-11
Brisbane Lions Bundaberg, Hervey Bay, Ipswich, Springfield. Feb 7-8
Carlton Sale Feb 4-5
Collingwood Kinglake Feb 17-18
Essendon Benalla Feb 4-5
Fremantle Pinjarra, Harvey, Collie Feb 6-7
Geelong Colac, Otways, Camperdown Feb 13-14
Gold Coast Logan, Beenleigh Feb 6-7
GWS Canberra (2013) Dec 2-3
Hawthorn Launceston, Hobart, Burnie, Devonport Feb 22-24
North Melbourne Ballarat Feb 6-7
Melbourne Alice Springs (linked to NAB Challenge game). Feb 27 – March 1, Leongatha Feb 27-28
Port Adelaide Whyalla, Ceduna, Lock, Wudinna, Kimba Feb 17-18
Richmond Warrnambool Feb 4-5
St Kilda Wellington, NZ Feb 12-14 and Nepean Peninsula (Rosebud, Rye, Sorrento) Feb 12-13
Sydney Swans Wollongong, Bowral, Newcastle, Terrigal, Coffs Harbour, Port Macquarie, Tamworth, Armidale, and Sydney metropolitan areas. Feb 10-11
West Coast Albany, Newman, Port Headland, Brookton, Boddington, Narrogin. Feb 6-7
Western Bulldogs Bacchus Marsh, Melton Feb 4-5