After the hugely successful running of Euro Cup 2018 last weekend, AFL Europe is thrilled to be able to deliver more good news with the announcement that former Richmond Tiger, Dan Jackson, will be joining the AFL Europe commission.
Chairman Oliver Howard made the announcement at Sundays Annual General Meeting in Cork, and says that Jackson “will be a great addition to the AFL Europe team.”
“The entire AFL Europe community will benefit hugely from of all Dan’s experience, as an 11-year player and Best & Fairest winner at Richmond, the inaugural winner of the Jim Stynes Community and Leadership Award in 2012 for his work with a number of community programs, and his time as a board member of the AFL Players Association,” Howard said.
“In addition to his standout AFL career, Dan has a demonstrated history of supporting grassroots and international footy, having helped coach the French national team at the IC2011 and IC2014 and since retiring has worked with the Canadian national women’s team and numerous club teams in Canada, the USA, England and France.”
Jackson, who will balance his commission duties with his work with Foundation Performance and masters of performance psychology studies in Edinburgh, said that he looks forward to working with those on the ground around the continent to drive the growth of the game.
“I’m really excited to get on board with AFL Europe,” said the 2013 Jack Dyer Medalist.
“Having spent some time coaching teams in France, Canada, US and UK over the last few years I’ve seen first-hand the passion and energy foreign players bring to our game and I look forward to helping where I can.”
Jackson joins the commission in place of former Chairman, Chris Dow, who will step down after six years serving to focus on his family and work commitments.
“Chris has been a huge reason for the success of AFL Europe and his relentless drive and passion has ensured the continued growth of footy in Europe,” Howard said.
“Chris has always been an amazing leader and mentor to all of us and there’s no doubt he will be greatly missed.”
AFL Europe’s 2018 Annual Report and minutes from the AGM will be published on www.afleurope.org prior to the 14th November.