CATCHING SOME SUN: Lauren Trott, Layla Roth, Sophie Doyle and Sian Bloor had a ball.
CATCHING SOME SUN: Lauren Trott, Layla Roth, Sophie Doyle and Sian Bloor had a ball. Felicity Ripper

AFL holiday camp gets kids outside

AUSSIE RULES: A cracking day to play outside, North Burnett kids were treated to fun in the sun on Tuesday as AFL Queensland brought a holiday camp to Gayndah.

From playing Rob the Nest to practising speckies and match play, the camp was as much about having a good time as it was about developing skills.

"Not only is it about the physical advantages, but the social interaction with other kids and getting outside,” Fraser Coast Development Coordinator Kyle Povah said.

"Particularly when you have such great scenery in the North Burnett region, I think it's important to keep as many kids as possible out of their rooms playing video games.”

Many of the participants were from Gayndah with some also travelling from Biggenden and Coulston Lakes to get involved.

Povah hoped that AFL would gather more interest across the region.

"This is our fourth visit of the year to the North Burnett and the response has been huge, hopefully it will grow even further with exposure,” Povah said.

"We had four of us out here at the holiday camp, from AFL Queensland, to share the game and in the future we hope to have even more of us if the demand is there.”

Brisbane Lions Captain Dayne Zorko toured the North Burnett, visiting six schools, in a bid to encourage kids and budding footballers to get active.

Povah said he wasn't surprised by the great response the AFL holiday camp received after Zorko's visit.

"Dayne was fantastic with the kids and I have had a few come up to me at the camp to say they've starting watching AFL and they look out for Dayne,” Povah said.

"Having Dayne come out here has been a massive bonus for us, AFL Queensland, and it's inspired the kids.”

Povah said the free camp on Tuesday was another opportunity to promote AFL ahead of free programs being run in term 3.

"We love to see kids having a kick of the footy regardless of the code, obviously we'd prefer it to be AFL, but as long as they're outside having fun, that's the important thing,” Povah said.

From July 26, under 12s mixed AFL and under 15s youth girls AFL will be run on Thursday afternoons from 4pm at Gayndah State School.

To join in on the fun contact Kyle Povah at kyle.povah@afl.com.au.


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