Tigers take community camp idea to heart

RICHMOND will use its AFL Community Camp to support south-west charity Peter’s Project.

Tigers staff confirmed the two-day visit’s itinerary on a visit to Warrnambool yesterday.

The February 4-5 camp will include visits to local schools, hospitals and retirement homes, a super clinic, training with selected Hampden and Warrnambool and District league clubs and the Hampden youth girls’ squad, a civic reception and an open training session.

Tigers community manager Michael Lacy said Richmond wanted to help the south-west community during its camp.

“Part of the community engagement is trying to find out how we can support the local community and Peter’s Project is one of those initiatives we’ll look to support when we’re here,” he said.

“We’ll run a super clinic here at Reid Oval, so we’ll ask the participants to put in some money that will go towards the project and we’ll also run some competitions, some goalkicking-based activities, where people can pay for the opportunity to do that.”

Lacy, one of five Tigers staff to visit Warrnambool yesterday, said the camp would be jam-packed.

“It is probably 24 hours, so we are literally trying to make the most of every minute while we’re here,” he said.

“We’ll have a football clinic here on the Tuesday afternoon. 

“The facilities are fantastic. We’ve been here to Reid Oval and checked out the facilities here and been to the local aquatic centre, where we might do some work as well.” 

The Korin Gamadji Institute (KGI) is based at Richmond’s Punt Road Oval.

It helps indigenous youth develop leadership and vocational skills and provides training to create sustainable careers.

KGI director Belinda Duarte said the Tigers would spend time with local indigenous groups as part of the camp.

“We are catching up with them towards the end of the two days and seeing where we can have some cross-cultural learnings given we have an indigenous institute base at the football club, the only of its kind in the AFL,” she said. Duarte said the players were excited about visiting the south-west.

“What we are really excited to do is spend that quality time with a range of different community groups that are not only based here in Warrnambool, but we have groups coming from Portland, Heywood and across the district,” she said.

Richmond officials met with AFL Victoria Country Western District Commission football development manager Alan Thompson and Warrnambool City Council. 

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