Kangas coming to Bendigo, Rochester for AFL Community Camp
The AFL Community Camp program is set to return to what it was pre-COVID, with AFL clubs visiting regional communities across the country in February and early March ahead of the 2023 Toyota AFL Premiership season.
For the past two years, AFL clubs have been conducting virtual community camps because of the pandemic. This year, more than 700 AFL players will return to visit communities, meet fans and personally inspire the next generation.
In the 21st year of the AFL Community Camp program, activities will include local school, club and hospital visits, NAB AFL Auskick Super Clinics and community events with opportunities to meet AFL players and coaches.
AFL Executive General Manager Game Development, Rob Auld, said: “In 2023, AFL clubs and players have an exciting opportunity to reconnect with fans and give back to the communities through the AFL Community Camp program.
“Local cities and communities across the country are so important to the game and the AFL Community Camps program is a fantastic platform for our elite players and coaches to spend time in communities, which can have a significant positive impact.
“I want to thank the clubs, players and staff for their role in bringing AFL Community Camps back to what we know them and also to local communities across the country for welcoming and hosting AFL clubs and players.”
Since the camps began in 2003, more than a million children have been reached through visits to schools and clubs across Australia.
Program AFL Community Camp 2023 Club Dates Area Adelaide 6th-7th February Riverland Region Brisbane 6th-7th February Toowoomba, Wide Bay, Gympie, Murgon, Cherbourg, Sunshine Coast,
Logan, Springfield, Ipswich, Redcliffe, Coorparoo, Moggill Carlton 13th-14th Feb Wodonga Collingwood 7-8 Feb Traralgon, Moe Essendon 9-10 Feb Bendigo South – Castlemaine Geelong 6-7 Feb Warrnambool Gold Coast 7, 9, 16 Feb Darwin, Logan, Northern Rivers, Cairns, Gold Coast GWS Giants 23-24 February Canberra Hawthorn 2nd-3rd March Launceston Melbourne 6-7 February Seymour, Tallarook, Nagambie, Yea, Alexandra Nth Melbourne 13-14 February Bendigo North – Rochester Port Adelaide TBC Whyalla Richmond 13-14 Feb Shepparton, Mooroopna, Echuca St Kilda 7th-8th Feb Wangaratta, Benalla Sydney 8-9 March Sydney & Regional NSW West Coast 8th-9th Feb Peel (Mandurah) and the Pilbara (Newman, Port Hedland) Western Bulldogs 2 Feb 24-26 Ballarat Fremantle visited the Margaret River area for its AFL Community Camp in early December 2022