Essendon to visit Port Campbell on Monday as part of its AFL Community Camp

HOME SWEET HOME: Cobden export Zach Merrett (right) will visit Port Campbell with his Essendon teammates on Monday as part of an AFL Community Camp. Picture: AAP
HOME SWEET HOME: Cobden export Zach Merrett (right) will visit Port Campbell with his Essendon teammates on Monday as part of an AFL Community Camp. Picture: AAP

ESSENDON footballers will run football clinics, milk cows, go on fishing charters and visit hospitals and schools as part of their two-day AFL Community Camp in the south-west.

Bombers, including Hampden league exports Martin Gleeson (Koroit) and Jackson and Zach Merrett (Cobden), will spend Monday in Port Campbell.

Players will spend time at schools and hospitals in Camperdown, Terang, Mortlake, Cobden and Noorat on Tuesday.

AFL Western District football development manager Alan Thompson said Monday would be choc-full of activities.

A welcome to country will launch proceedings at 11.45am with a super clinic catering for 200 children between 1-2.30pm at Port Campbell Recreation Reserve.

A training session with some of the region’s young male and female players will follow with a girls game between Cobden and Timboon between 4-5pm.

“The Essendon coaches and some of the players will be involved in helping the girls in that game,” Thompson said. A community dinner between 7-9pm will round out day one’s schedule with day two visits to start from 9am Tuesday.