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St. Kilda FC to undertake pre-season training in South Africa

AfricaThe Melbourne-based St. Kilda Saints announced today that they will travel to Potchefstroom, South Africa, to undergo training at a high-performance facility in preparation for the 2005 AFL season.

An article by Samantha Lane on the AFL website reports that the move follows the success of a similar training camp held in London prior to the commencement of the 2004 season. Players will undergo altitude training in a bid to seek a competitive advantage on their rivals and build team unity.

The United States was initially the planned location for the club's second group venture abroad, but the club has since had a change of heart. It is believed that Saints coach Grant Thomas is keen for his young playing list to have a foreign cultural experience as well as undergo concentrated training with various elite athletes.

During the November trip last year, St Kilda players trained with hurdling champion Colin Jackson, Olympic gold medallist and middle distance runner Sebastian Coe, world champion boxer Ritchie Woodhall and five-time world champion swimmer Mark Foster in London last year in what Thomas described as a 'defining' experience for his team.

The result was a scintillating start to the season, which saw the Saints win 10 games in a row and cement themselves at the top of the AFL ladder.

The South African camp will be held at Potchefstroom, a university town at 1500m altitude, where specialised sports training camps are run for athletes from a variety of sports from around the world.

The club is now organising the finer details of the South Africa trip, and it is hoped that they might take time out from their gruelling fitness work to help spead the word about Australian football to the South African locals. Northwest Province, the epicentre of Australian football in South Africa, is located close to the Saints' destination.

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St. Kilda FC to undertake pre-season training in South Africa
Authored by: Brett Northey on Wednesday, September 29 2004 @ 09:49 am ACST

One would hope some demonstration sessions and clinics could be organised with the locals, since I think Footy South Africa has been trying to get the game started in Potchefstroom. Adelaide did some clinics in South Africa when there in 1997.



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Brett Northey - Editor for North America, Ireland and UK

St. Kilda FC to undertake pre-season training in South Africa
Authored by: Brett Northey on Thursday, September 30 2004 @ 04:37 am ACST

Apparently this was in the (Melbourne) Herald Sun and the Fox Sports website, so hopefully some good work will be done while the Saints are there:

Thomas said he planned a meeting with AFL chief executive Andrew Demetriou, operations manager Adrian Anderson and game development general manager David Matthews tomorrow to brief them on the club's plans to promote the game in South Africa.

"We'll work with the AFL to try and spread the word. We'll do skill training every day and two or three athletic sessions each day," Thomas said.

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Brett Northey - Editor for North America, Ireland and UK