Northern Territory Chief Minister Terry Mills
Melbourne Demons Headed To Darwin
Victor P Taffa
Chief Minister, Terry Mills, today welcomed the Melbourne Demons plans to hold a pre-season training camp in Darwin in December.
Chief Minister Mills said the camp will provide significant benefits to the community.
“This camp will be a fantastic opportunity for our young up and coming footballers to rub shoulders with some of the AFL’s elite athletes.” Chief Minister Mills said.
“The Demons will be based at Palmerston throughout the training camp, to be held from 6-14 December.”
“It’s expected around 50 players and support staff will attend the camp.” Chief Minister Mills said.
“The players will stay at Robertson Barracks during their visit and hold training sessions at the Palmerston Magpies home ground, Northline Oval, allowing locals to see up close and personal how an AFL club prepares for a season.”
“The players will also conduct a community clinic in Jabiru as part of the visit and participate in a gruelling 28 km hike through Kakadu which, through national media exposure of the camp, could showcase our natural wonders to the rest of Australia.” Chief Minister Mills said.
“Melbourne’s decision to hold their humidity training camp in Darwin over other locations such as Cairns confirms that our sporting facilities here really are top-class.”
“My Government is committed to maximising these facilities and bringing top level sport to the Territory.”
“As part of Melbourne’s visit I will be holding talks with the club to discuss how we can develop more opportunities like this pre season training camp and build a close relationship into the future.” Chief Minister Mills said.
The Northern Territory Government’s current deal with the AFL expires at the end of the 2014 season.