AFL reveals the Lions headed for our region
JOSH Walker can remember the excitement of having professional footballers visit his primary school when he was a kid.
It's one of the things that inspired him to take up a career in AFL.
Now with 74 games under his belt playing for the Brisbane Lions, the 26-year-old wants to continue sharing his love of football with kids in regional Queensland.
"It's as much about getting them interested in sport as it is about introducing them to AFL," he said.
"No matter the code of football or sport, we just want to see kids living a healthy, active lifestyle."
Walker will be joined by team mate Ely Smith to tour the North Burnett next week for the 2019 AFL Community Camp.
The duo will kick it with our kids at Boynewood, Mundubbera, Gayndah, Biggenden and Dallarnil during a two-day trip on Monday, February 11, and Tuesday, February 12.
"Community camps are a great opportunity for us to reconnect with local AFL footy clubs in our region. Myself and Ely are looking forward to heading up to the North Burnett next week," Walker said.
Anyone is also welcome to come along and have a kick with the Lions at a community engagement session to be held at Gayndah State School oval from 3.30pm on the Monday.
"The purpose is to give the kids an opportunity to learn about the game," Regional Manager Paul Tresise said.
"It encourages them to have a go and try something new, not just with AFL but with all sports."
Tresise said AFL Community Camps provided the perfect platform for fans, no matter where they lived, to access the game and their favourite players.
"AFL Community Camps provide an opportunity to encourage younger players to get involved in the game by promoting participation programs such as NAB AFL Auskick, Junior Football and school programs," Tresise said. "Australian Football has a strong connection with the local North Burnett community, we look forward to bringing the Brisbane Lions to local footy fans."
Game development and diversity state manager Mark Ensor said AFL Community Camp was an important program that allowed a connection with communities.
"AFL Queensland is committed to giving back to the community, especially those in regional areas," he said. "Over two days our AFL Queensland staff and Brisbane Lions AFL players and coaches will visit over 100 schools, 20 community clubs and reach over 3000 kids."