English PE Teacher, England Captain, Club President and Coach, What can’t Ian Mitchell do?

Ian Mitchell is working hard to grow the game in Wolverhampton, England. Read School Sport Issue 40 p18 and 19 to find out what drives this Aussie Rules man.

Danish young gun heads to Australian National U/16 Championships

Young Danish star Mikkel Kjoege is currently on his way to Australia to play for the World XVIII in the National Championships from the 4th – 14th July. Mikkel was identified through the fantastic junior development program in Denmark that has been leading the way in producing young European talent. His inclusion in the recent European Legion squad that played against the touring AIS AFL Academy was another major step in his development and he sure impressed coaches Tadhg Kennelly and Peter Schwab with his athletic wares. Although slight of frame this lad can really explode with pace and has an incredible vertical leap which is sure to impress during the carnival.

AFL Europe would like to wish Mikkel all the best on his adventure and will be posting a daily diary from Mikkel to show what it is like in the elite talent programs within Australia. Hopefully many more Europeans can follow this path and continue to put their names in front of AFL club recruiters. Maybe a European developed footballer being listed at an AFL club is not that far away…