Bulldogs camp benefits next gen

June 28, 2024 BY

Meet, greet, and observe: An AFLW Bulldogs open training session was held on Monday evening. Photo: WESTERN BULLDOGS

THE Western Bulldogs’ AFLW side ran an inaugural Community Camp in Ballarat over two days this week.

From Monday 24 to Tuesday 25 June, players had an open training session and signing at Mars Stadium, and visited the Ballarat Base Hospital children’s ward and schools.

Issy Grant, Rylie Wilcox and number-one draft pick Kristie-Lee Weston-Turner visited the hospital.

“At Grampians Health, we are committed to creating a culture that is equal, respectful, inclusive and safe for everyone,” said chief people officer at Grampians Health, Claire Woods.

“This visit by the ALFW Bulldogs team is a wonderful opportunity for all our patients and staff to celebrate our female athletes.

“The Western Bulldogs have a wonderful support base here in Ballarat, and we welcome their visit as part of the first AFLW Community Camp.

Players visited 28 schools across the Ballarat region.


“These women are wonderful role models for a fit, healthy and respectful lifestyle that all our kids can aspire to.”

Nurse Unit Manager of the children’s ward Luke McEldrew said the visit was a distraction for young patients.

“For many children and their families, a hospital stay can be overwhelming,” he said.

“This visit is a wonderful reminder for our young patients that they can kick goals whether that is on the footy field, or in other areas of their life, irrespective of their gender, race or background.”

Elle Bennetts, Keely Coyne, Britney Gutknecht, Sarah Hartwig, Ellie Blackburn, Jess Fitzgerald and Elaine Grigg were amongst the players that visited 28 schools and 2500 students across the region.

“It is exciting for Ballarat to host the first ever AFLW Community Camp for our Western Bulldogs AFLW players,” said Western Bulldogs Ballarat engagement manager Campbell Waring.

Young fans were able to get their merch and posters signed by their favourite players at the open training session.


“These high performing female athletes are inspiring young girls and boys to play football and to reach the highest level.

“The club has a great connection with the Ballarat community which includes many of the club’s community programs which are run year-round.

“The AFLW program also is a part of this connection in playing one home match each year in at Mars Stadium through the partnership with the City of Ballarat.”

The Dogs’AFLW side will play St Kilda on Sunday 27 October at Mars Stadium for Indigenous Round.