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2018 Community Camp: Port Lincoln, Yorke Peninsula bound

Steph Say  December 6, 2017 11:52 AM



PORT Adelaide will head to four regional areas across South Australia for its annual Australia Post AFL Community Camp in 2018. 

All 45 Power-listed players, along with coaches and support staff will visit the Yorke Peninsula, Port Lincoln, Ceduna and Yalata in February next year. 

Players will visit over 60 schools, hospitals and community groups in the duration of the camp, bringing healthy lifestyle and positive decision making messages to young people in schools, while also delivering coach education sessions and community dinners. 

Power Community Ltd Youth Programs Manager Jake Battifuoco said the spirit of the camp is to bring the club to the people, in Port Adelaide's heartland regions across South Australia. 

"There's a long-standing, strong Port Adelaide history in these regional areas, and we’re really looking forward to getting back there next year," Battifuoco told 

"Port Lincoln was part of our SANFL recruitment zone for over 40 years - we've recruited countless players from the area and it's very much part of the Port Adelaide heartland. 

“The camp is also a fantastic opportunity for the club to connect with its Next Generation Academy Zone in the Yorke Peninsula and visit remote Aboriginal communities across the state." 

Port Adelaide last visited Port Lincoln and the Yorke Peninsula for its annual community camp in 2010 and 2013 respectively. 

This trip will double as a homecoming for a few Port Adelaide players, too - Lindsay Thomas and Sam Gray are both from the Eyre Peninsula, while Cameron Hewett grew up on the Yorke Peninsula. 

Battifuoco said regional supporters love meeting the boys on their home turf and the players get plenty out of the experience too.   

“We know many Port Adelaide people living in regional South Australia don’t get to interact with the club as often as our metro-based supporters,” Battifuoco said.  

“It’s a great opportunity for our players and coaches to meet and connect with our regional supporters on a grassroots level – and the boys really enjoy it.”

Port Adelaide’s 2018 Australia Post AFL Community Camp will take place on February 12 and 13, 2018.

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