Dubrovnik’s own American Football Club, the Dubrovnik Sharks, took part in a special training camp in Split last weekend organised by the international organisation The Growth of the Game. The camp, entitled The Growth of the Game Skills Camp, was held at the stadium of the Croatian Knights in Dugopolje, near Split.
The camp was led by top coaches from big European clubs and the Brazilian national team: Daniel Levy, Geoff Buffum, Tyler Harlow, Matheus Dias, Eoin O'Sullivan, Alexandre Braga, Clayton Lovett and John Anderson a former coach in the National Football League (NFL) in America.
“We were all very impressed with the dedication and organisation of the event and hopefully we will have the chance of inviting Anderson down to Dubrovnik to train with us,” commented the President of The Dubrovnik Sharks, Marko Miletic.
The aim of the camp was to the spread the knowledge and level of this All-American sport in Croatia. Also at the camp there was the first meeting of the project for a Croatian National American football team. After the camp the coaches shared their notes with the players with the Croatian Federation of American Football with the aim of assisting with a possible national team selection.
Apart from the Dubrovnik Sharks there were also players from Bjelovar Greenhorns, Zagreb Thunder, Zagreb Patriots, Zapresic Saints and the Osijek Cannons. The Sharks took fifteen players and coaches to the camp and apart from the invaluable knowledge they picked up they also gained some valuable equipment.
“We would like to thank all the organizers, coaches and participants of the camp, concluded Miletic, Adding that he was pleased that the Sharks were at the first ever official meeting for the Croatian National Team.