Fremantle Football Club Dock in Broome for Community Camp
The Fremantle Dockers Football Club visited Broome for their annual AFL Community Camp on Wednesday the 30th of November. As part of their AFL community commitments, each club must visit a regional town in their home state to promote the game and their brand. Broome was the chosen destination this year on the back of the introduced AFL Next Generation Academy, in which Fremantle have been given the Kimberley as their host zone.
Nine players and seven support and coaching staff made the 2 day trip that would see them visit schools throughout the Broome and Derby region, including the remote community of Bidyadanga. Students got the chance to listen to AFL players talk about their history, how they got drafted, nutrition and the importance of education before being given the chance to get some autographs. The players also got the experience of driving up to 200km to get to a community and take in the sights of the region. The school visits were followed by an Auskick Super Clinic at Haynes oval for all kids aged 5 to 12 years. The turnout by the community was fantastic with close to 160 kids out on the oval who were watched on by many parents that also enjoyed the opportunity to see the players in action.
Following the super clinic, the Kullarri Talent Hub were given the opportunity to be taken for training by Fremantle Dockers assistant coaches Michael Prior and Simon Eastaugh. The coaches put the players through their paces while local coaches observed keenly to gain some additional education and development. Prior and Eastaugh focused on coaching the basic fundamentals in order to establish a strong foundation for development and skill improvement.
The evening was capped off by a sundowner and the Broome Surf Club with a Q and A with Matt Taberner, Hayden Crozier and Tom Sheridan. The players socialised with Broome Residential College kids before handing a signed Dockers jumper to Broome Surf Club president, Rob Aristei.
On Thursday morning, The Broome Sports Association hosted a breakfast with local coaches, presidents and sporting stakeholders from Broome. Scott Gooch, the General manager of Corporate Affairs for the Dockers spoke to the group about the state of football and the exciting times ahead for the club which included the Women’s side in the AFLW, Next Generation Academies and the new Perth Stadium and Cockburn facilities. Simon Eastaugh also spoke about his experiences as an assistant coach and developing players through the elite system. The breakfast was well attended and thanks again to the Broome Sports Association for their generosity. The players then finished up their community camp with some final school visits before heading back to the Perth.
The Community Camp was a great outcome for Broome and the Kimberley in forging a partnership with the Fremantle Dockers. The turnout by the community to the Super clinic was fantastic and reinforced the love for football and the Dockers the Kullarri community have. With so many exciting things happening in 2017, the Next Generation Academy opens up doors for our talented footballers and the opportunities now available to them.