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Mount Hotham welcomed Casey Demons VFL last weekend for their pre-season camp

Mount Hotham welcomed Casey Demons VFL last weekend for their pre-season camp

Mount Hotham welcomed the Casey Demons VFL team last weekend as they challenged themselves with altitude training and relationship building for their pre-season camp.

The camp was a building block to developing the team’s commitment for the upcoming 2017 season.

The group of 44 players and 14 staff arrived at Mount Hotham on Friday night and stayed at Mount Hotham lodges until Sunday.

Over the weekend, there were designated workshops that were applied to help break down barriers between the football players.

Casey Demons Football Operations Manager George Morgan said that the weekend was a great opportunity to encourage the club to get to know their teammates outside of their usual work training environment.

“We had some designated workshops that we did in regards to players asking each other questions about their lives and what they do, so the players have an idea of what the others do externally as well,” Mr Morgan said.

“Our biggest issue in the VFL environment, because you have a quick turnover of players – developing relationships and breaking down barriers within the group is a key element for us.

“We had breakfast together, lunch together and dinner together so that was part of the process as well.

“Sunday from eight to twelve was all around our trademarks and values; how we want to be seen internally and externally as a football club and developing those core things as a football club with the whole group,” he said.

Physical training carried out by the club included early morning boxing sessions, with the afternoon spent training at Omeo Benambra Football Netball Oval.

Mr Morgan said that the isolation was perfect for what they wanted to achieve with the team and said that the camps were important to the operation of the football club.

“Casey Demons is aligned with the Melbourne Demons Football Club and these camps are hugely essential for us.

“So, when the AFL and VFL team are together, their values are aligned and the branding is in line,” he said.

“Mount Hotham was great in regards to the lodges, they were amazing, but that little bit of isolation so the staff and players had to interact together was invaluable.

“It was good for our numbers in the isolation and the environment was good, for what we wanted to achieve out of it.

“The feedback was really positive and they absolutely loved it.

 “It’s something we would definitely do again no doubt about that because it ticked a lot of boxes for us and we will definitely see about coming here again next year.


24 February 2017