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Tigers to visit Cardinia Shire

Published: 9 December 2016

Richmond Football Club will continue to engage its strong and loyal following in the south-east corridor of Victoria.

A group of Tigers will travel to Cardinia Shire for the 2017 Australia Post AFL Community Camps.

As part of the visit from February 13 to 14, a group of Richmond players will visit schools, host AFL Auskick Superclinics and engage with the broader shire community.

The remaining half of the Club’s playing list will complete their Australia Post AFL Community Camps in the Tigers’ Next Generation Academy zone – Mildura, Kerang and Swan Hill.

The Tigers’ connection to the region stems back to 2012, when it joined forces with Cardinia Shire Council to bring the community together using football, through various programs, events and community engagement initiatives.

Earlier this year, Richmond played a NAB Challenge match against Hawthorn, in front of a crowd of close to 7,000 at Beaconsfield’s Holm Park Recreation Reserve.

The club has also nominated to play two VFL home games at Beaconsfield’s Holm Park Recreation Reserve each year, for at least the next three seasons.

Tigers’ CEO Brendon Gale said the Club had already formed a strong connection with the region and he looked forward to seeing it continue to flourish.

“We are excited to announce Cardinia Shire as one of our Australia Post AFL Community Camp locations,” Gale said.

“We have a strong presence in the shire, and this visit will provide a fantastic opportunity for our football club to further engage and connect with fans and supporters.

“The club will also host Christmas in Cardinia at Holm Park Recreation Reserve on Tuesday, December 20, where our entire playing list will train in front of members and fans, then take a junior football clinic.”

Cardinia Shire Mayor Cr Brett Owen said he was excited to have the Tigers in the shire once again.

“We are really pleased to have such a strong connection with the club,” Cr Owen said.

“Opportunities like this bring elite athletes into our shire and give so many of our young people opportunities to be a part of the broader AFL community that would otherwise be out of reach due to distance.

“Whether it is a school visit, an AFL Auskick Superclinic, or a local training session, the Tigers presence is going to be a great boost to our sporting community.

“December’s training session is set to be a great family event; these training sessions are a wonderful way for our kids to meet the players face-to-face and see them put through their paces, without having to travel into the city.”

“Of course, the footy clinic will also be a great opportunity for some of our aspiring young footy players to get a taste of the game, from the players themselves.”