Almost 200 children took part as Port Adelaide hosted community camps at Ceduna and Penong this week.
Port Adelaide players Aidyn Johnson, Dom Barry, Joel Garner, Jasper Pittard, Tom Jonas and Dougal Howard led children at Ceduna through their paces on Monday with a number of different drills and exercises, before the Power camp moved to Penong on Tuesday where students from Koonibba Aboriginal School, Penong Primary School, Yalata Anangu School and Oak Valley Anangu School took part in a session.
The Ceduna session was attended by about 100 school-aged children and was followed by a chance to ask questions, a community barbecue and an opportunity for autographs and photos with the players.
Port Adelaide’s director of Aboriginal programs Paul Vandenbergh said the club was happy to be back on the West Coast.
“It’s amazing to be here, I love to come here more than any other place,” the former Ceduna local said.
“It is good to see Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal kids come out, we are proud to be able to bring people together for the camp.
“It is exciting for the club to be here and there’s a good turnout.”
The Power camps took place across the state this week, with other Eyre Peninsula camps happening in the Port Lincoln region.
Mr Vandenbergh said Port understood the importance of getting to regional centres.
“Club legends like Russell Ebert used to talk about community and how important it is,” he said.
“We like to give back to the heartlands and we are proud of our relationship with the West Coast and we are proud of the players from the region who have played for the club.”