Pupils’ faces lit up at the appearance of three bulldogs in the classroom and on the oval at Yuille Park Community College.
Western Bulldogs players Easton Wood, Jordan Roughead and Liam Picken visited the school on Thursday, as part of the the team’s two-day AFL Community Camp.
Roughead said it was “unreal” to return to Ballarat, where he grew up, and was hoping for a big turnout at Mars Stadium on Saturday for the Bulldog’s pre-season hit out against Hawthorn.
“We want to be a pretty big part of the community here as a club and hopefully we can grow our Ballarat supporter base and get as many people along to watch what should be a great game of footy,” he said.
“It’s really good that there are some guys around the footy club that have such a strong connection to the place – we do love coming back here and hopefully the community loves us coming here as well.”
The Western Bulldogs have a busy schedule with a string of school clinics on Thursday, followed by junior football club and community group visits, a training session and a trip up to Hamilton on Friday ahead of Saturday’s game.