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West Coast ventured to Geraldton for its 2017 AFL Community Camp

West Coast ventured to Geraldton for its 2017 AFL Community Camp

The West Coast Eagles will travel to both southern and northern Western Australia for its 2018 AFL Community Camp.

Players and support staff will visit Busselton, Port Hedland, Newman and several metropolitan locations from February 13-14.

AFL general manager game development Andrew Dillon said the AFL Community Camps were an essential part of the AFL calendar that recognised the importance of grassroots football and the wider community. 

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

During the 2017 AFL Community camps, players visited 742 schools and made contact with a staggering 120,363 school students.

More than 6,070 children participated in AFL super clinics and clubs visited 2,668 people in aged care facilities and hospitals.

The AFL Community Camps started in 2003 and so far have reached a total of 1,238,641 students across 6,615 schools.