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Camp more than footy for Lions

Leopold players help out in the Apollo Bay community. (Apollo Bay FNC Image)

LOCAL football clubs heading down the coast for a pre-season camp is nothing new.

However, GFL club Leopold has taken a different approach to its weekend trip to Apollo Bay, giving up some of its weekend away to lend a hand in the local community.

Coach Jason Tom says his players came up with the idea to undertake some community service on Saturday.

“We planned to have a bit of a challenge in our AFLX teams, and part of the challenge was to get involved in the community,” he said.

“Just after Christmas, we put it out there, and the players organised all that themselves. We’ve got 19 and 20-year-olds who managed what their teams were going to do for the day.

“My team organised a bit of work at the Leisure Centre, where we stayed. They had a bit of maintenance stuff with fixing fences, and we filled up a trailer as part of a bit of a clean-up.

“A couple of groups did stuff in community gardens, and another group was down at the wharf and the golf club doing some rubbish collection.”

The Lions also found time for some training and game education after arriving in Apollo Bay on Friday night.

“We did some presentations on Friday night,” Tom said. “We had some classrooms in the school down there that we got in.

“Then we spent the Saturday doing some conditioning and some training and some revision stuff from last year.

“All the stuff that we planned last year, we haven’t had a chance to execute. So, we don’t have much to change in that sense.

“We reset and go again.”

Tom will make a belated start to his coaching career when Leopold meets 2019 premier St Mary’s at Anthony Costa Oval on April 10.

Before that, the Lions will play practice matches against former Bellarine rivals Drysdale, Essendon and District club Avondale Heights, and Ballarat league team Melton.

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