LIONS: Brisbane's Eric Hipwood with students from the Bundaberg High School earlier this year.
LIONS: Brisbane's Eric Hipwood with students from the Bundaberg High School earlier this year. Mike Knott BUN230216AFL2

The Lions are coming back to Bundaberg

AUSSIE RULES: Queensland's biggest AFL club is returning to Bundaberg next year for more camps in the region.

Held as part of Australia Post's AFL community camp, the Brisbane Lions will be roaring back to Bundaberg to meet fans and teach them all about the game.

Travelling to the city between February 21 and 24, they will also visit Hervey Bay, Maryborough and the Sunshine Coast during the trip.

At this stage it is not known who will be coming from the club.

Highlighting how important grassroots football is to the sport, AFL general manager of game and market development Simon Lethlean said these games were important in promoting the game.

"The Australia Post AFL Community Camps allow us to highlight the connection Australian football has with communities right around the country,” he said.

"Community camps are the perfect platform to allow fans, no matter where they live across our wide country, access to their favourite players.”

Earlier this year schools in Bundaberg received a visit from players Jackson Paine, Daniel Rich and Eric Hipwood with assistant coach Ben Hudson also involved.

Going on to make ten appearances in a superb debut season, Hipwood showed why he could be one of the stars of the future in the game with Rich also involved heavily for the side last season in 21 games.

Last year more than 147,102 school students had visits from AFL players across 823 schools.

More than 4900 children participated in AFL super clinics, while 2600 people were visited in aged care/hospitals with funds raised through official functions to assist local junior community programs.

Information on the Lions players coming will be released closer to the scheduled date.



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