Pre-seasons can be drawn-out, arduous affairs for even the most dedicated footballers. But each year, somewhere amongst the endless weights sessions and exhausting time-trials, players from every AFL club spend a couple of days at camps in regional and rural communities throughout Australia – or in St Kilda’s case, New Zealand. Players ventured far and wide during the 2013-2014 break to ensure they gave something back to the community while enjoying a much-needed break from pre-season training. Here are some of our favourite photos from the various community camps.
Adelaide Victor Harbor, Kangaroo Island
Brisbane Lions Bundaberg, Hervey Bay, Ipswich, Springfield.
Fremantle Pinjarra, Harvey, Collie
Geelong Colac, Otways, Camperdown
Gold Coast Logan, Beenleigh
GWS Canberra (2013)
Hawthorn Launceston, Hobart, Burnie, Devonport
North Melbourne Ballarat
Melbourne Alice Springs (linked to NAB Challenge game). Leongatha
Port Adelaide Whyalla, Ceduna, Lock, Wudinna, Kimba
St Kilda Wellington, NZ and Nepean Peninsula (Rosebud, Rye, Sorrento)
Sydney Swans Wollongong, Bowral, Newcastle, Terrigal, Coffs Harbour, Port Macquarie, Tamworth, Armidale, and Sydney metropolitan areas.
West Coast Albany, Newman, Port Headland, Brookton, Boddington, Narrogin.
Western Bulldogs Bacchus Marsh, Melton