- AFL CNE- Round 1 Results
- Principal to support GB through to 2018
- Bulldogs finalise their AFL IC’17 Squad
- Demons & Scorpions Haggis Cup Champions!
- AFL Europe Coaching Courses 2017
- OPROGROUP to protect AFL England
- Talking IC with GB Swans Coach Ian Mitchell
- WEST LONDON & WIMBLEDON CROWNED CHAMPIONS OF EUROPE 2017
- Talking IC with GB Bulldog Michael Sharp
- Talking IC with GB Swan Mel McDevitt
Principal GB Bulldogs
The GB Bulldogs are the British 18-a-side representative team, competing in International matches and the currently tri-annual European Championships and International Cups. Players are selected from English, Welsh and Scottish players.
Formed in the early 1990’s to compete in the Atlantic Alliance with Denmark, Ireland and the USA, the Bulldogs have a long history of international competition, with matches each year in preparation for tournaments. They have attended all International Cups and European Championships since the tournaments’ inception (2002 and 2010 respectively) and continue to provide elite level opportunities to stand-out players.
Check out the GB Bulldogs International Cup history here.
Led by a head coach, captain, vice-captains and a player leadership group, the squad has been instrumental in developing younger players to go beyond the club football and challenge themselves at International level. A marked improvement in performance culminated in a fantastic performance at the 2013 AFL Europe Championships, where the squad were runners up to hosts Ireland, the current European and International champions.
Eligibility for the Bulldogs is determined by the AFL rules, with players required to have spent the ages of 10-16 outside Australia and have a significant connection to their country of representation. Representing your country is an incredible opportunity and accepting selection is a commitment as well as a high honor. The Bulldogs strive to make sure this ethos is appreciated.
Team Management (click name to see profile)
Head Coach: Dean Thomas
Assistant Coach (UK based): Will Worthington
Assistant Coach (Australia Based): Rhys Long
Team Manager: Jason Hill
Sports Therapist: Guy Titman, Charley Dakin, Millie Morgan, Hilary Wilson, Simon Vardy
Twitter : @GBBulldogsAFL #BackTheBulldogs
History of Head Coaches
1994: Steve Morgan
1995: Kent Schubert
1996: Geoff Jackson & Paul Smith
2002-2005 : Michael Bolt & Martin Tunley
2005-2006: Matt Connell
2006-2009: Charlie Kielty
2009-2014: Mark Pitura & Rob Fielder
2015-Present: Dean Thomas
Our Sponsors & Partners
Principal Limited are the headline partners of the Great Britain representative teams
Mouthguard Provider: – Our Mouthguard provider for AFL International Cup 2017 – Opro
Travel Partner: – Our Travel Provider for AFL International Cup 2017 – STA Travel
Training Kit Sponsor: – Our Training Kit Sponsor – LWC Drinks
Australian Rehabilitation Partner: – Our Rehabilitation Partner while in Australia – Urban Leopard
How to get involved?
If you are a coach looking to promote a stand-out player from your club, or a player challenging yourself to develop, please email email@example.com and discuss with us getting involved with the squad. We rely on assessments from all areas of footy to alert us to the stars of tomorrow.
The Bulldogs will compete in the International Cup hosted in Melbourne from the 5th-19rd August 2017.