AFL Europe is thrilled to announce that His Royal Highness, The Prince of Wales, has extended his patronage of the organisation.
His Royal Highness developed a fondness for the sport during his time at Geelong Grammar in 1966 and became Patron of AFL Europe in August 2013.
His Royal Highnesses’ passion lies particularly in the games ability to facilitate development in young people, and the benefits of over 4,000 juniors participating in Australian Rules programs throughout the UK and Europe.
AFL Europe General Manager, Ryan Davey, says that the support of The Prince of Wales will provide another great boost to the organisation as the code continues to expand its footprint throughout the UK and Europe.
“We were hopeful that His Royal Highness would be able to continue his affiliation of AFL Europe, but we’re also aware that he often has to relinquish these roles in order to take on the new ones which arise constantly, so for him to extend his patronage is extremely exciting,” Davey said
The Prince of Wales was on hand ahead of the 10th Annual ANZAC Cup in Villers-Bretonneux earlier in the year, where he received a personalised Australian ‘Spirit Team’ guernsey to mark his 70th birthday, and Davey says AFL Europe hope to continue strengthening the existing relationship with His Royal Highness and Clarence House.
“We are certainly extremely grateful to have the backing of the Prince of Wales, and his support is a testament to the hard work that is going on by the passionate people on the ground right around Europe,” Davey said.
Riley Brettell – AFL Europe