Richmond FC kicked off their annual AFL Community Camp in Albury Wodonga, with 15 players and over 20 Richmond FC staff, on Monday and Tuesday last week.
While in town, the Tigers visited 12 local primary schools, local junior football clubs, the Albury-Wodonga Aboriginal Health Service, and held an open training session at Martin Park for fans to attend. On Tuesday morning the players also joined the Wodonga Sports and Leisure Centre members for breakfast – which was a definite highlight for staff as well!
The primary school kids were all very excited and had lots of questions for the players, which of course included “where’s Dusty?” Some of the kids also got to spend their lunchtime kicking the footy with the players. There were also some kids who were lucky enough to see the Tigers more than once when the junior Albury Tigers, Wodonga Raiders and Wodonga Bulldogs were joined by players at their football training.
Albury Wodonga locals didn’t miss out either, with the open training session at Martin Park. Dusty and Trent Cotchin even made an appearance as mascots! Afterwards, the players also met locals at the Wodonga Plaza for a signing session.
Not only was the Camp exciting for community members, it also provided a great opportunity for the local Richmond Institute of Sports Leadership (RISL) students to gain an insight into the ALF Club and to be involved in the Open Training session and assist in the running of activities at Martin Park.
Overall, the past two days were very successful for all involved. The Camp gave many community members the opportunity to see the Tigers in action and meet their favourite players, when they otherwise might not have the opportunity to do so.