Freo stars head off for AFLPA’s Indigenous Camp
Seven of Fremantle’s Indigenous players are due to fly to Sydney for the 2011 AFLPA and AFL Indigenous Camp, which runs from 29 January to 2 February.
Roger Hayden, Michael Johnson, Stephen Hill, Michael Walters, Jonathon Griffin, Casey Sibosado and Joel Houghton will join fellow Indigenous players from around the country to celebrate and strengthen cultural identity in an environment that best reflects the standards of an AFL club.
The biennial camp also aims to create awareness of personal development opportunities and to engage with Aboriginal communities in NSW.
Johnson, who has previously attended an AFL Indigenous Camp in Broome, said that the experience was invaluable.
“It was great to catch up with some of the other Indigenous boys from other clubs and talk about some issues that come up around AFL clubs,” he said.
“It was also good to conduct a few footy clinics up there and give back to the community, too.”
Johnson has been encouraging some of his younger Indigenous teammates to attend the camp.
“I’m really pleased that the boys are going,” he said.
“They haven’t had the chance to meet and mingle with Indigenous boys from other clubs. The camp will give them the opportunity to get to know each other and find out what tribe they are from and how they grew up.
“They will build really good relationships with players from other clubs, like I have done.”
The arrival of Greater Western Sydney Giants in the AFL system this year means that there are now 86 players of Indigenous origin on AFL lists; a record in the history of the game.