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Brett Kirk and the junior footy match
Skrivet av Jörg Pareigis   

Brett Kirk visits Sweden Currently, former AFL super star Brett Kirk is touring the world in preparations for the IC11. Some weeks ago, he was in Sweden to train the seniors in Stockholm and assissted in a junior game between Sweden and Denmark.

Since 2006 the Port Malmö Football Club have been operating a Junior Development Programme, which has seen over 500 children participate since it's inception. This initiative was started and continues today due to the hard work and dedication of Daniel McClaer, who also happens to be the Head Coach of the Elks.

The program has seen several players make the step to the Port Malmö Senior Team, and a few players represent the Elks. This year saw over a dozen junior players play in the senior local Malmö competition, receiving votes and kicking the most goals in a game.

The club holds training for both boys and girls once a week for the entire year, with a break during the summer and Christmas holidays. The players are generally aged from 11-15 years of age, from various backgrounds such as Swedish, Danish, Indian, English, French and Iranian.

On the 14th May, the club was fortunate enough to host the AFL International Cup ambassador Brett Kirk and his family. This visit happened to co-incide with a Junior game between Port Malmö/Sweden and Farum/Denmark.

The competitve game which was witnessed by over 150 eager and supportive spectators was won by Port Malmö/Sweden by a couple of handy last quarter goals. After the game Brett Kirk awarded the best player from each team with the Jim Campion and Daniel McClaer Medals.


Congratulations to both Priyank Kumar from Port Malmö/Sweden and Victor Norrlander from Farum/Demmark for their stand out performances. Brett Kirk thought that the standard and the ability of the players was outstanding!  

Listen to what Brett Kirk had to say about junior footy in Sweden and to the kids themselves and why they love footy.


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