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Brisbane Lions set to train with young players

BIG CATS: The Gympie Cats and their juniors will have the chance to meet and train with the Brisbane Lions at their club house on Tuesday.
BIG CATS: The Gympie Cats and their juniors will have the chance to meet and train with the Brisbane Lions at their club house on Tuesday. Greg Miller

THE Brisbane Lions will roar into Gympie next week and the prospect has got junior Cats in a spin.

Some of the country's best-known players will arrive at the Gympie Cats' home grounds on Tuesday and club secretary Amanda Lovell said everyone is welcome.

The footy stars' visit is part of the Brisbane Lions Australia Post Community Camp, which aims to train up-and-coming players in the game and leadership through their Lion Hearted Leaders' program.

AFL Queensland media manager Lisa McKoy said the line-up arriving in Gympie is likely to include Hugh Beasley, Sam Mayes, Dayne

Beams, Josh Clayton, Marco Paparone and Allen Christensen.

The side is set to visit Gympie West State School before heading to Six Mile Oval in the afternoon to add a bit of inspiration to the Cats' season.

The Cats will get to have a run with the Lions, in a training session from 4-5.30pm.

Ms Lovell said non-club members were also welcome to drop down to Six Mile and shake hands (and even score an autograph) with some of the best in the sport before their embark on the 2015 Toyota AFL Premiership Season.

More than 800 players from the ranks of the AFL will are part of the program which takes the game to regional and rural communities throughout Australia and New Zealand.

AFL general manager (People Customer and Community) Dorothy Hisgrove said the community camps were about players giving back to the community and sharing with fans their passion for Australia's game.

From 5.30pm onwards the Gympie Cats Club will also be supplying a barbecue until 7pm for question and answers with your favourite players.

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