AFL Europe is pleased to announce that GWS Giants player Nicola Barr has joined the team in a part-time Game Development role to support the growth of AFL in Europe.
Originally travelling to Europe for her own personal travel experiences, Nicola has agreed to also support AFL Europe by attending club training sessions, match days and events to help grow and promote the game across the continent.
“I’m very excited to be here in Europe and be a part of the AFL Europe team. I love Australian Football and it’s fantastic to have the opportunity to meet people from all over the world playing the game,” Barr said.
As part of her role, Nicola will be visiting various clubs while supporting players and coaches in both the men’s and women’s competitions.
“Coming from AFL Women’s, I can relate to growing and developing the game from a playing perspective. We are a relatively new competition at the professional level, and so it’s really important for us to learn as much as we can in a short period of time in order to perform at our best,” Barr said.
“I hope I can bring some experience of growing the game to AFL Europe as well as teaching as much as I can.”
This is a major coup for AFL Europe, due to Nicola’s footballing history as an AFLW player. She was selected by the GWS Giants as the number one draft pick in the inaugural AFLW Draft, where she has established herself as a leading player on the half-back line where she provides plenty of run and carry on top of her accurate kicking.
AFL Europe General Manager Ryan Davey says having Nicola on board is a great opportunity.
“This is a wonderful opportunity for our players, coaches and staff across Europe. Nicola has played, and continues to play, at the highest level back in Australia and we are thrilled that she is now able to share her experiences and Football knowledge with our AFL Community in Europe. We are incredibly thankful to have the support of Nicola and the GWS Giants,” Davey said.
Already Nicola has visited a variety of teams in France, Switzerland and Croatia helping run training sessions and getting involved with the clubs.
“All of the teams have been incredibly welcoming and I’m grateful for them having me along! Every team I’ve seen so far are so enthusiastic and it’s great to see the same camaraderie that I know exists in Australian teams over here too. It’s such a good sport to keep you really fit at the same time as learning new skills and meeting new people,” Barr said.
To have Nicola Barr join AFL Europe is fantastic news, and her experience in the game will be invaluable to the AFL Europe community when she interacts with a variety of clubs at their training sessions and events.