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VFL club Williamstown to host Swedish Elks at IC11

International Cup 2011

The AFL Sweden and Williamstown Football Club today announced that Williamstown will host the Swedish Elks during the International Cup 2011 in August.

The hosting partnership will entail joint training sessions, access to training facilities, experience exchange sessions and a farewell get together. Exact dates of the events are still under discussion due to the participation of Williamstown in the Foxtel Cup final, but both parties are excited about the opportunity.

"We are proud to have Williamstown Football Club as our host club who is one of the oldest footy clubs and shares the same colours," says AFL Sweden president Jörg Pareigis. Head coach of the Elks Daniel McClaer continues, "The possibility of joint training sessions with the Williamstown squad would be a great opportunity for our players to see how footy really is trained and played."

Football & Development Manager Chris Dixon at Williamstown FC explains “We were very keen to be apart of such a great event in the International Cup and it’s great to be able to help out an International Side in Sweden. We’re looking forward to assisting where possible and helping the Swedish Elks as they strive for International Glory.”

Both parties hope that this partnership will continue much longer than the stay of the Swedish Elks in Melbourne and that in future players, coaches or staff of Williamstown FC will have the opportunity to visit Sweden for an international exchange experience.

The Williamstown Football Club plays in the VFL, the highest level of footy in Victoria below the AFL, and are aligned with their suburban neighbours the Western Bulldogs. Formed in 1864, Williamstown is one of the oldest footy clubs in Australia. The Seagulls recently made it into the final of the Foxtel Cup, to be played on August 6 in Patersons Stadium, Perth.

AFL Sweden is the official governing body of Australian Football in Sweden. Representatives of the nine clubs in Sweden form the national team, the Swedish Elks. The Elks are currently bronze medalist winner at the European Championship in 2011 and will play their opening matches in the IC11 on August 13 in Blacktown, Sydney.

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VFL club Williamstown to host Swedish Elks at IC11
Authored by: sverik25 on Tuesday, July 26 2011 @ 07:31 pm ACST

Does this mean that every IC11 team will be hosted by a NSW/Victorian club or is this just a privilege that Sweden is lucky to have?

It must be an invalauble experience for the Elks players to be able to train with a first rate VFL club such as Williamstown.

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VFL club Williamstown to host Swedish Elks at IC11
Authored by: Brett Northey on Tuesday, July 26 2011 @ 11:38 pm ACST

Up to each nation to try to negotiate/arrange I assume.

Goes both ways, I reckon Williamstown will get something out of it as well.

As to whether Sweden benefit on field straight away, if it was for a few weeks then yes, but there's very little time for training with such a heavy schedule of matches.  Maybe they'll have 1 or 2 runs?  I see it more as a good bridge building exercise and hopefully a long term relationship.  Maybe the Seagulls will be able to offer some off team support as well (trainers etc) - just speculating though.

 

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VFL club Williamstown to host Swedish Elks at IC11
Authored by: Charlie Slim on Wednesday, July 27 2011 @ 06:56 am ACST

There goes the GB Bulldogs chance of using their facilities... Thought they would be open to this considering we are both Bulldogs... each country should be aligned with an AFL club while they are there for the IC....

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VFL club Williamstown to host Swedish Elks at IC11
Authored by: Brett Northey on Wednesday, July 27 2011 @ 08:32 pm ACST

But isn't it a bit late to be organising that and aren't Williamstown the Seagulls, not Bulldogs?

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