National Program

AFL England manages four separate national sides:

Great Britain Bulldogs

The Great Britain national Australian rules football team is known as the Great Britain Bulldogs. The team is made up of the best British born players selected from the clubs of AFL Britain affiliated competitions in England, Wales and Scotland. The GB Bulldogs have competed in full international fixtures around the world since the early 90’s.

In 2017, they finished a joint-highest sixth at the International Cup in Melbourne. If you or a player at your club want to be considered for the GB Bulldogs squad, please email bulldogs@aflgb.com for more information. The Bulldogs are currently coached by Dean Thomas bulldogs@aflengland.org and the team is managed by Phil Martin.

Great Britain Swans

The Great Britain Swans were established in January 2016 by two England Vixens players, Charlie Eales and Lisa Wilson. As the GB Bulldogs, the men’s team, have been around for many years, and due to the exponential growth of women’s football in Britain, the two girls realised there was scope to create a Woman’s team with sights on entering the International Cup in Melbourne in 2017.

In 2017, the GB Swans made their first appearance at the International Cup in Melbourne, finishing third. This was the best-ever performance by a GB team at an International Cup. Their Head Coach is Ian Mitchell, and the Team Manager is Phil Martin.

England Dragonslayers

The England Dragonslayers formed in 2007, and comprised of players from across all the leagues in Britain. Boasting many honours, the Dragonslayers have proudly achieved a great deal since their formation, and our four-time Euro Cup winners (’08, ’09, ’13, ’17). Their Head Coach is Garth Nevin, and Team Manager is Charlotte-Ellen Eales

 

 

 

England Vixens

The England Vixens were established in 2014 in preparation for the Euro Cup in London. Making it to the final they were narrowly beaten by the more experienced Irish Team. In August 2015 the Vixens went to Croatia for the 2015 Euro Cup where they beat Denmark in the Final to be crowned champions. In 2016, 3 new coaches were appointed and a training session was held in London to select the team to go to Lisbon for the 2016 Euro Cup. 16 girls from 6 different teams made up the 2016 squad, who lost out to Ireland in the final. At the 2017 Euro Cup, the Vixens put out a stellar performance by defeating the reigning International Cup winners the Irish Banshees to avenge their defeat 12 months prior.

Talent Pathway

If you have any questions about the national program or the talent pathway, please contact info@aflengland.org

GB Partners

Headline Sponsor of GB Teams – Principal

Principal is a UK-leading independent provider of managed print and IT services – for commercial, professional and Not-for-Profit organisations.
www.principal.co.uk

 

Official Kit Supplier of GB Teams – Belief Sports

Belief Sports has been revolutionizing the Sports Industry with innovative bespoke team wear delivering the latest performance-enhancing technology coupled with customized kit designs.
http://www.beliefsports.com/uk/

 

 

Official Training Partner of GB Teams – Dynamic Sports Academy

DSA is a Strength and Conditioning Centre for any person looking to improve their Physical Fitness and Sports Performance.
http://www.dynamicsportsacademy.com

 

 

Official Mouth-guard Provider to GB Teams – Opro

OPRO Mouthguards are leaders in custom-fit Mouthguards to schools, colleges, clubs and individuals.
www.opro.com

 

Official Travel Partner to GB Teams – STA Travel

With almost 2,000 people working in over 200 stores around the globe, helping over 2 million travelers a year start their adventure, STA Travel is the world’s largest student and youth travel agency
www.statravel.co.uk