AFL Europe is would like to introduce you to our two new team members! Daniel and Benjamin have come on board with AFL Europe this year in an Intern capacity. Check out their backgrounds here!
A passionate Carlton fan with a Sherrin in hand since birth, Daniel Orr has had a not so decorated playing career within Victoria that included a brief stint with VFL club North Ballarat. Sadly it’s all downhill from there, and after a disappointing end to the 2015 season with his beloved Torquay Tigers losing their senior grand final, it seemed only fitting for Daniel to apply his craft away from the football field and into the office here at AFL Europe. With a bachelor’s degree in Education and Physical Education, Daniel brings with him an extensive array of skills formed during his five years as an experienced educator in roles such as head of department, regional sport coordinator and founding and implementing an exclusive sports academy program tailored to promising student athletes in development pathways within the sports industry.
Daniel is excited to be transitioning further into the field of sports and business management, where he will not only be assisting in an events capacity but also have a strong focus on AFL Europe Junior and Youth Development.
Ben grew up in the non-traditional Aussie Rules State of NSW. Growing up playing rugby league and union he was lucky enough to be convinced to try his hand at AFL by his Victorian-born parents in his early-teens and never turned back. Ben grew up in a household divided between Collingwood and Essendon. Watching the Bombers dominance in the late 90s and early 2000s was enough convince Ben to pledge his allegiance to the Bombers.
Ben moved to Brisbane following high school to commence further study at the University of Queensland. Unsure of what to study he kept his options open by undertaking a dual degree in Business Management and Exercise and Sports Sciences. During this time, he joined the University of Queensland Red Lions AFL Club where he enjoyed his time as part of the QAFL squad. Getting involved with event organisation at the club Ben found a passion for sports management and administration.
The prospect of contributing to the numerous events and tournaments that AFL Europe has scheduled for 2016 is an opportunity Ben is incredibly excited by in his role as an AFL Europe Intern with a strong focus on Events, Women’s development and Grant funding.