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AFL England Announces First Junior Club Collaborations

Since AFL England launched its consultation on Junior Football back in October 2018, we have been inundated with messages and inquiries from up and down the country with regard to how they or their children can get involved with the Junior Program.

In addition to this, many AFL England senior clubs expressed an interest in helping to run and manage these clubs and as a result we’re delighted to announce the first two such collaborations today.

The Wolverhampton Wolverines will help coordinate the Walsall Falcons. In their tenth anniversary, the club is proud of its history which has seen players evolve from playing at school, for the Wolverines and onto senior honours with both England and Great Britain.

In 2019 the Wolverhampton Wolverines celebrate their 10th anniversary

“The Wolverhampton Wolverines are excited to work alongside AFL England to develop young football players for the future,” said Head Coach Ian Mitchell. “The Wolverines have a proud history of developing young players into their senior side, many of whom have been playing now for upwards of seven years and are starting to gain international honours for both England and Great Britain.

“We look forward to securing the future of the club by opening our doors to young people who want to learn the sport from across the West Midlands.”

Meanwhile, the first junior club in England the Clapham Cubs has gained the support of one of the oldest clubs in England the Wimbledon Hawks.

Founded by Wimbledon Hawks alumni Lisa Wilson and Lauren Spark in 2016, the Clapham Cubs were the first junior AFL club to be set up in England.

“Since their start, the club has gone from strength to strength, attracting an ever-growing mix of boys and girls of all ages to give the sport a go. During the summer months, AusKickers have been gathering for fun-filled sessions and picking up new footy skills with the support of parent-coaches and Wimbledon Hawks players.

“This season, we are looking forward to continuing our work with the Cubs, supporting young talent and helping to grow the game in the UK.”

AFL England President Jason Hill welcomed the news.

“It’s great to see the Wolverines and Hawks realise how important junior participation will be for the future of the game in England,” said Hill. “We’re looking for other senior clubs to collaborate with junior clubs, and for them to use this as a vehicle to develop the very future of their clubs and take footy in England to new levels.

“We’re currently looking to recruit a Head of Junior Development who we believe will enable clubs to feel capable of managing this and help them develop processes and pathways to support the addition of juniors to their clubs.”

England Dragonslayers Announce 2019 Euro Cup Squad

England Dragonslayers Head Coach Dean Thomas has named his first squad in preparation for the 2019 AFL Europe Euro Cup in June.

Last year the Dragonslayers bowed out to eventual champions Denmark in the semi-finals, and George Dibble, Michael Sharp, Cameron Cope, Rob Goliah, Adam Morris and Andy Walkden are the only players returning from the 2018 Euro Cup squad. Continue reading “England Dragonslayers Announce 2019 Euro Cup Squad”

England 2018 Euro Cup Squads Announced

England Dragonslayers and Vixens Both Defending Euro Cup Champions
Tournament Takes Place on Saturday 13th October in Cork, Ireland
July 12, 2018 – Both the England Dragonslayers and Vixens have named their squads for October’s 2018 Euro Cup in Cork. Following an intensive selection, both sides will be looking to retain the titles they won last year in Bordeaux, and have named squads bursting with talent ahead of the tournament later this year.

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Lauren Spark: Ready for More After AFLW Grand Final Success

From playing footy at school as a kid to playing on the biggest stage possible for a female footy player, former Wimbledon Hawk Lauren Spark last year helped the Western Bulldogs clinched the AFLW title after defeating the Brisbane Lions 4.3.27 to 3.3.21. Continue reading “Lauren Spark: Ready for More After AFLW Grand Final Success”

The AFL Europe Championship 2019 Returns to London!

Europe’s Flagship AFL Competition Returns to England

Great Britain Bulldogs and Swans Looking to Retain Both Titles

June 7, 2018 – AFL Europe have announced that for the second time in a row, the AFL Europe Championship, Europe’s premier Australian rules football event, is to take place in London in October 2019. The event will be hosted by the Wimbledon Hawks Football Club, in conjunction with AFL Europe.

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Isy Currenti: From AFL London to the VFLW

Less than two years ago, Isy Currenti was part of the Wimbledon Hawks who took down the AFL London Women’s Premiership title.

Fast forward to last weekend, and Currenti was part of the Geelong Cats VFLW side who extended their unbeaten start to the season with a 8.9.57 to 0.4.4 win over the Williamstown Seagulls.

Currenti kicked a goal in that game, and we recently caught up with her find out more about her journey from the AFL London to the 2018 Swisse Wellness VFL Women’s competition.

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Good Week / Bad Week – 30th April 2018

In the first of a new series here on the AFL England website, ‘Good Week / Bad Week’  will aim to highlight some of the great footy performances of the weekend or round. So without further ado, here’s our thoughts on Round One in both the London and CNE leagues! Continue reading “Good Week / Bad Week – 30th April 2018”