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Danielle Balales, Carlton Media  December 6, 2017 11:07 AM

The King settles in Carlton Media spoke to draftee Tom De Koning during his second week at the Club.

Carlton players will jump aboard the ‘Bound By Blue’ bus in February, visiting regional and metro centres in Victoria as part of the 2018 AFL Community Camp. 

Kicking off on Tuesday 20 February, the two-day camp will see the team travel to the Yarra Ranges, including Warburton and Yarra Junction, as well as Darebin, Banyule, Whittlesea and Nillumbik.

Every year more than 750 players across the competition immerse themselves in regional communities, holding school clinics and visiting local clubs to strengthen grassroots football.

AFL General Manager Game Development, Andrew Dillon, said the AFL Community Camps were an essential part of the AFL calendar which recognise the importance of grassroots football and the community in Australia’s game.

“The AFL Community Camps allow us to give back to the community for their love and support of our game,” Mr Dillon said.

“As a result of all the positivity surrounding the AFL Community Camps in the past, we’re excited to again have 18 clubs visit fans in all areas of Australia over the next few months.

“The AFL Community Camps are a great opportunity for fans to have access to their favourite players, regardless of how far they live.

“Many of the clubs have aligned their AFL Community Camp locations to their Next Generation AFL Club Academies and their JLT Community Series matches.

“The Next Generation AFL Club Academies are part of the AFL’s broader commitment to invest in the community foundations of our game, increasing the opportunities for young boys and girls to learn about and play the game of Australian Football,” he said.

During the 2017 AFL Community camps, 120,363 school students had visits from AFL players with 742 schools being visited. 6,070 children participated in AFL super clinics, 2,668 people were visited in aged care/hospitals and funds were raised through official functions to assist local junior community football programs.

The AFL Community Camps started in 2003 and so far, have reached a total of 1,238,641 students across 6,615 school visits since the program’s commencement.

Make sure you stay tuned to Carlton Media for more updates closer to the camp.