A large cohort of the league’s Indigenous players recently ventured to Broome for the bi-annual AFL/AFL Players’ Association Indigenous All-Stars Camp.
The 2017 camp provided 55 Indigenous players from across the league to take part in activities that focused on personal and cultural development as well as industry education.
The camp provided a unique opportunity for Indigenous footballers to bond through player-led cultural development sessions, football training and traditional activities with local communities, such as fishing and dancing across the four days.
AFL Players’ Association CEO Paul Marsh attended the camp and spoke of it’s importance to the attending Indigenous players.
“It’s really important that the players themselves take the opportunity as a group of Indigenous players to connect with each other,” Marsh told Aflplayers.com.au.
“Most of them are coming from remote communities to play for their AFL team and this is a great opportunity for them to act as their support networks for each other. You can see the bonds that are forming in the first few hours of the camp, so that’s really important.”