Next week the players are off to the white sandy beaches and picturesque surroundings of beautiful Esperance for the Fremantle Dockers three-day 2012 Australia Post AFL Community Camp from Tuesday 21 February to Thursday 23 February.

The visit to Esperance, located on Western Australia’s southeast coast, about 725km from Perth, follows last year’s trip to Kalgoorlie.

Before that, the club had spread the purple passion to the South West (2010), Broome (2009), Albany (2008) and Northam (2007).

The annual Community Camps are a great way for the club to visit regional areas of Western Australia and meet members, supporters and football fans of all ages.

The camp also provides the chance for grassroots participants of Australian Rules football, including players, umpires, coaches and administrators, to learn from the best by getting a rare insight into what is needed to compete at the highest level.

Fremantle’s travelling party to the Goldfields will include Captain Matthew Pavlich and Senior Coach Ross Lyon, who will be joined by a mix of senior players and some of the new recruits.

The group will be based in the heart of Esperance, travelling to surrounding communities to spread the AFL message and Fremantle’s “purple passion”.

On Tuesday 21 February, the travelling party will head out to local schools, including Esperance Primary School, Esperance Senior High School and Nulsen Primary School to address students on the rigours of playing AFL, living a healthy lifestyle and pursuing their dreams.

A great opportunity for football fans to meet the players and see them in action will be at Ports Football Oval on Black Street, Esperance, from 4.00pm onwards on Wednesday 22 February.

A training session for a local talent squad, conducted by some of Fremantle’s Development Coaches will follow.

The players will then hold a NAB Auskick Superclinic for children aged five to 12 years which commences at 5.45pm.

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