A delegation from the Port Fairy Football Netball Club was privileged to be addressed by the Collingwood coaching staff during a visit to Melbourne.
The Magpie brains trust, headlined by coach Nathan Buckley, spoke to a group which comprised of seven players from the Seagulls' leadership group, seven from the junior program, senior coaches and staff last week.
The AFL powerhouse imparted knowledge and provided inspiration over a five-hour session which exceeded the country club's expectations.
Port Fairy vice-chairman Garth Allen said the trip was a fantastic opportunity for the Hampden league club to see the inner workings of one of the leading sporting organisations in Australia.
"It was an amazing experience for all of us who attended," he said.
"Brad Gotch hosted our group. We were fortunate to have an open forum with Nathan Buckley.
"He allowed us to ask any questions relating to the senior coaching of the club.
"He was sensational giving us a great insight into the issues which the coaching group confronts each day.
"We also had Tarkyn Lockyer, Justin Longmuir, Brenton Sanderson and Garry Hocking speaking about their respective coaching roles.
"There was a lot of information for our group to process but the club is hopeful they can take some components from the visit and implement them at Port Fairy."
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