The Growth of a Game hosted its 2nd annual Vienna Skills Camp in Austria this year and welcomed 210 players and coaches from all over central Europe for the event.
In alignment with its primary mission, The Growth of a Game organizes a series of annual developmental camps across Europe in an effort to facilitate the development of American football.
The BSFZ Südstadt served as the perfect venue for the event, providing housing and meals for over half of the participants as well as high quality fields to train on. Approximately half of the overall participants joined from teams in Austria while half visited from other countries such as the Czech Republic, Hungary, Romania, and Croatia. The weather was perfect both days, and players and coaches had the opportunity to refine their skills over the course of the weekend. The camp included 3 practices and was highlighted by an outstanding coaching staff.
The Growth of a Game Vienna Skills Camp was led by several of the top coaches in Europe, including Spencer Wood, head coach of the Belgian National Team; Stefan Pokorny, head coach for the Danube Dragons in Austria; Istvan Kovacs, head coach of the Budapest Wolves in Hungary; Aurelio Gonzalez, head coach for the Vienna Warlords in Austria; Lukas Habersack, co-defensive coordinator for the Danube Dragons in Austria; Tom Hohenwarter, offensive line coach for the Carinthian Lions in Austria; Daniel Aubock, co-defensive coordinator for the Vienna Vikings II in Austria; Ben Sobotka, co-defensive coordinator for the Vienna Vikings in Austria; and Jason Robert South, fmr defensive lineman for the Leipzig Lions; Wojciech Andrzejczak, defensive backs coach for the Allgäu Comets in Germany; Justin Sottilare, quarterback for the Allgäu Comets in Germany; Thomas Koeller, wide receiver coach for the Danube Dragons in Austria; JJ Hablas, offensive coordinator for the Vienna Warlords in Austria; Jakob Rauter, offensive lineman for the Carinthian Lions in Austria; and Dustin Illetschko, linebacker for the Vienna Vikings in Austria.
This camp was made possible by the contributions of various partners, including the Danube Dragons, Battle Sports, Ceres Sports, Champro Sports, Cramer Sports Medicine, and BSFZ Südstadt.
The Vienna Skills Camp was the 11th camp held by The Growth of a Game after its first ten camps were held in Düsseldorf, Split, Vienna, Bergamo, Copenhagen, Brussels, and Utrecht respectively. The organization’s next camp takes place in Utrecht, Netherlands from September 8th-9th, 2018.