Braving some challenging London conditions on Sunday 21st Feb, Clapham Cubs, under the AFL Europe Juniors banner, held the first session of the year. The event was open to the public aimed at both boys and girls aged 4-9 and 10-15.
After finding the most appealing piece of greenery within Clapham Common, up to 30 juniors participated in what was a memorable event. Co-ordinated by our AFL Europe Junior Development Officer, Ian Mitchell and his passionate team of coaches. As merely a spectator looking on, it was great to see so many kids, from expat families to local lovers of sport enjoying the great game and learning some new skills in the process. The activities ranged from kicking clinics to handball games and even finished off with an all in modified game of AFL! All abilities and ages were catered for throughout the two-hour session, with many kids having a kick for the first time.
The general consensus from the crowd of parents was that of gratitude for running such an event, especially with little junior presence within England for some time. This is a major focus for AFL Europe, as we look to develop and accredit teachers, parents or passionate players to become coaches. In doing so we provide them with a skills and resources to implement our junior framework across the board. This is a very exciting space and one to be watched throughout 2016.
We would like to thank Brickwood Coffee & Bread, Clapham for providing fruit and water for our juniors on the day.
If you have any queries or would like to get in touch with us in regard to coaching and or participate in a session, please don’t hesitate to contact us at AFL Europe.
Written by Daniel Orr for AFL Europe