GIANTS dates announced for 2018 AFL Community Camp

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 GWS GIANTS will kick off their AFL Community Camp campaigns in the new year, with the GIANTS hitting Canberra and South Coast Merimbula from February 28 to March 1.

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

AFL NSW/ACT CEO, Sam Graham says he is excited to have the 2018 AFL Community Camps set for the year ahead.

“It is great to once again see our two AFL Clubs, the Sydney Swans and GWS GIANTS, getting out into the regions of New South Wales and the ACT, ahead of the 2018 Toyota AFL season,” said Graham.

“We understand that many AFL fans from across our region do not always have easy access to the players and AFL matches, so it is wonderful to see the players and their Clubs recognising all of their fans, and giving back to their supporters across the state and territory.

“AFL NSW/ACT is looking forward to helping implement the AFL Community Camps in the new year.”

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.”

During the 2017 AFL Community camps, 120,363 school students had visits from AFL players with 742 schools being visited. Last year, 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.

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