Camden Haven Bombers to host two Sydney Swans players

Kicking goals: Camden Haven Bombers at a previous training session with visiting Sydney Swans players. Photo supplied by Dylan Luke
Kicking goals: Camden Haven Bombers at a previous training session with visiting Sydney Swans players. Photo supplied by Dylan Luke

Camden Haven Bombers will be flying high at training as they are taken under wing by visiting Sydney Swans players this month.

Swans' Aliir Aliir and Ryan Clarke are sure to make an impression as they hold a mini coaching clinic at Club North Haven from 6pm to 7.30pm on Tuesday, February 19.

Clarke is a 21-year-old former North Melbourne midfielder and Aliir, a 24-year-old back-man from East Fremantle in Western Australia.

The sessions are for the Camden Haven Auskick Under 11 and Under 13 teams, and will be followed by a talk and dinner in the Paradise room.

Camden Haven Bombers vice president Dylan Luke encouraged youngsters to wear a bombers polo shirt or training shirt for the events.

"On the day players go through kicking drills, handballs, marks, tackling, showing essential skills and what food they eat," he said.

"Then get questions fielded from the kids such as what's healthy, what makes a good player and where they are from originally.

"It's good to see high profile and academy players come for the day... it's great the players give inspiration to the kids and we are very thankful for it."

Mr Luke said Camden Haven is hoping to field a full team of under 13's but places were still available for under 11's.

AFL community football manager Paul Taylor said a number of training and information opportunities were on offer.

“AFL on the North Coast has undergone significant growth in the past three years, with the number of participants almost doubling," he said.

"We want to keep that positive growth happening and key to that is ensuring that people have the chance to expand their knowledge and skills."

Events along the coast include the Northern Heat Under 18 squad training in Byron Bay on February 9.

An annual Education Roadshow in Nambucca for administrators, coaches, umpires, and Auskick co-ordinators on February 16 . 

The 2019 AFL Community Camp with eight Sydney Swans players running free after hours community sessions in Grafton, Coffs Harbour, Woolgoolga, Port Macquarie, Laurieton, Taree, and Kempsey on February 19 and 20.

The launch of the AFL North Coast Youth Leadership Accelerator Program designed to teach 13 to 18 year old male and female players on February 23.

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