By Jens Rørbye
Local restaurant and catering business, Ronaldos, has just signed a major, multi-year sponsorship agreement with the Towers.
The deal ensures that Towers fans can continue to enjoy Ronaldos’ legendary pork steak sandwiches and hot dogs at Gentofte Sportspark. Furthermore, Ronaldos will provide meals for players, staff and coaches on away trips. Ronaldos already delivers meals to players of a number of elite clubs in greater Copenhagen.
When he is not busy catering to Towers fans, Ronaldo himself runs the inhouse restaurant at Kildeskovshallen in Gentofte. Guests enjoy the course of the day, either in the restaurant or bring their meals home. On Sundays Ronaldos serves up a lavish brunch buffet. And finally Ronaldos caters to parties and large events, so it is indeed a diverse partner, who has chosen to sponsor the Towers.
The Towers are very excited about the agreement. In the words of team president Jakob Munksgaard: “The Towers are proud of announcing this deal. It underscores the rapid development that our club is going through and makes some of our dreams for the future possible. And then we’re thrilled that for the coming years we can treat our fans to the best sandwiches and hot dogs in the National League…!”
Ronaldos already has partnerships with other elite clubs in Gentofte and this agreement makes it clear that Ronaldos is the place that Gentofte turns to when they need culinary services. Owner Ronaldo Mora is pleased with the agreement and and proud of supporting the Towers: “The Towers is a club that is developing very quickly and we look forward to joining them on this journey”.
The agreement has been finalized after a year’s cooperation, just in time for the 2018 season. It entails that the Towers will take the field with Ronaldos’ logo on their pants as of now.
Don’t miss our season opener at Gentofte Sportspark on April 8th at 15:00 (3 p.m.), when we host the newly elevated Frederikssund Oaks. Ronaldos will be there and the grill will be fired up.
Ronaldo Mora (left), Morten Andersen (center) og Towers president Jakob Munksgaard (right)
By Søren Bendixen and Jens Rørbye
The Copenhagen Towers are extremely proud to announce a merger with one of the premier flag football teams in Copenhagen; The Copenhagen Barbarians.
The merger has been in the works for a long time and will benefit both organizations greatly. The Towers have been looking at a number of ways to improve our offering to new and existing Towers players. Flag football has been at the top of our wish list for years.
The Barbarians on the other hand will join a very mature organization, where the flag football players can focus on delivering results on the field.
Barbarians president, Lasse Christensen, is thrilled with the merger: “We have had communications with the Copenhagne Towers about a merger for a long time. We’re obviously very pleased that things have fallen into place. From now on we can focus all of our energy on football, so we are happy to have expanded our purple family.”
Towers president Jakob Munksgaard is equally excited: ”It’s a pleasure to welcome The Barbarians into the Towers family. The Towers organization is growing rapidly and we are looking forward to helping further the development of flag football in Denmark. The plan for the future is to also include flag football in our successful youth development program and that will benefit both flag- and tackle football.”
The Barbarians have become a very established organization in the flag community, since their inception in 2007. They possess an impressive 33 active players, who compete at two levels in the Danish flag tournaments. Over the years the Barbarians have produced not just great team results, but also very talented flag football players.
Among these is Silas Meyer-Juhlin, who is among the very best flag football players in Europe, if not the world. Meyer-Juhlin is a national team fixture and has won three straight European Championships with the Danish national team. He was named MVP of the entire tournament at the 2017 European Championship.
Over the past years the Barbarians finished second in the Big Bowl Flag tournament in Frankfurt, Germany in 2017, fourth in the Danish Flag League in 2017 and third in 2016.
Over recent years, flag football has contributed significantly with talented players to the Towers’ national league team, so a closer collaboration between the two sports seems logical and beneficial. The merger will ease the transition between the two sports and increase the talent level on both sides. With the addition of knowledgable and talented flag players to the towers organization, we believe that a platform for alternative practice and improvement will emerge.
Flag is also an easy introduction to the sport of football and a great addition for our youth football program. Flag provides a possibility to engage in the tactical aspect of football and focus on the skills and technical aspect of the game.
Towers assistant head coach Victor Andersen is an avid flag football proponent. Lasse Christensen recognized Victor’s contributions to making the merger a reality: “I would like to thank Victor Andersen, who has been an important factor in making the merger possible. He has been a cornerstone of both clubs for a long time.”
Welcome to our purple family, Barbarians!
Årets generalforsamling i Copenhagen Towers afholdes torsdag d. 22. februar kl. 18:00 i Towers’ klubhus.
Generalforsamlingen vil have følgende dagsorden:
1. Valg af dirigent og referent
2. Formandens beretning og godkendelse heraf
3. Fremlæggelse og godkendelse af revideret regnskab
4. Fremlæggelse af kontingent og budget
5. Forslag til vedtægtsændringer
6. Behandling af indkomne forslag
7. Valg af bestyrelsesmedlemmer og suppleanter
8. Valg af to interne, kritiske revisorer
Stemmeret på generalforsamlingen har bestyrelsen og alle kontingentbetalende medlemmer, der ikke er i restance.
Generalforsamlingen forventes at vare en time.
By Jens Rørbye
The Towers’ 2018 Rookie Day showed experience levels at the opposite ends of the scale. On one hand we had 23 true rookies, who wore football equipment for the very first time. On the other hand we have a man, whose football career ended a decade ago and who is now in the Pro Football Hall of Fame; Morten Andersen.
The Towers have opened our doors to an organized Rookie Day once a year for the better part of 15 years. However, this year was different, not just because of the number of potential new Towers, but also because of few very special guests: Hall of Famer Morten Andersen and veteran NFL commentator Jimmy Bøjgaard.
Our 23 rookies were divided up into a group of adults and U19 players and another of U16 and below. All were given a two hour introduction to football by our coaches. The youngest did not yet have two digits in their ages, while the oldest had kids who also took part in Rookie Day.
The Towers’ youth consultant, Kasper Skyum, was in charge of organizing and carrying out the event and he was tired, but excited afterwards: “It was awesome to see so many people make an effort for the Towers. Parents, rookies, volunteers and coaches all gave a hand. And it was fantastic that Morten Andersen came out to see us on a cold day like this. The future is definitely bright for the Towers.”
The rookies were dressed in helmets, pads and Towers jerseys and run through drills that gave them a taste of all aspects of football. They caught passes, covered receivers, blocked linemen, ran the ball, tackled and kicked field goals. The latter under expert guidance from Morten Andersen.
Morten Andersen also huddled the rookies up and gave them a talk on what it takes to make it in football. He emphasized the importance of asking a lot of oneself, but also of one’s teammates. “But never point fingers”, Morten stressed “because when you point a finger at someone, three fingers point back to yourself”.
The rookies and about 15 Towers youth players, who came out to help give the rookies a good day, all listened to the words of the 25-year NFL veteran.
And being a humble and down-to-earth person, Morten spent a lot of time talking to players of all ages, lining up for photos and signing jackets, helmets, jerseys, footballs, magazines and much more.
It was a very cold day, with temperatures below freezing all day, but spirits were high and the hotdogs that the Towers offered the rookies afterwards were popular. Especially as snow starting falling and quickly covering the turf field that just a half hour earlier had been buzzing with activity.
We were very happy with this year’s Rookie Day and look very much forward to welcoming a lot of new players to our purple family.
Stay tuned as a video from this wonderful day is on the way!
After a wonderful year for the Copenhagen Towers, it is fair to say that expectations were met. But how and why did 2017 pan out as it did? Let’s take a look back.
The year 2017 has just ended. And what a year it was for the Towers team. Everyone remembers the Mermaid Bowl victory, the Friday Night victory and our first win in Vejle. Seasons don’t always go as you plan, but this time around it seems liked everything went according to plan. Here are some of the stories you might not know.
A lot happened to our offense in 2017. Points scored increased by just 3 points per game from 2016 (36,3 points vs 39,9). However, the points per game against the Razorbacks and the Gold Diggers drastically improved from an average of 18,7 in 2016 to 37,2 in 2017. A tremendous achievement against two defenses that had former NFL players on their roster.
But what really happened to make this offense work so well?
Offense line improvements
Even from the start of the season, there was a significantly different feel to how the offense worked. It all seamed faster and more aggressive. It started with the offensive line that brought in three “new” faces. RT Andreas Hansen, a former Tower who had been away from football for a year, had an amazing season.
Having quick feet and aggressive play, he was a great asset to our offensive line. And when he moved from LG to RT, after the unfortunate loss of RT Rasmus Thejl, it seemed like he found his ideal position.
With Hansen on the right side, former defensive lineman Peter Malmos came out of retirement and took over the RG position from an injured Jørgen Schultz. Peter Malmos has an incredibly aggressive and physical playing style. Peter Malmos started the season as our DL coach and was very successful as a coach. Few had expected him to be as good a guard as he was.
But the most important move on our offensive line, and maybe even our entire offense, was probably bringing in C Joachim Christensen. A former D1 player, with a journeyman background as a player for the Avedøre Monarchs, the Copenhagen Tomahawks and the Søllerød Gold Diggers, he has been a tremendous upgrade to our offensive line. Quickness, strength, aggressive play and leadership describe Joachim, and he has been a big part of an improved offensive line that helped produced the 2017 league MVP.
In the 10 regular season games this year, our offense rushed for 1.900 yards and 24 TDs.
Speaking of MVP, Dayton Winn, was the 2nd player in recent Towers history to be awarded the prestigious award. Not since our WR coach Casper Bo Jensen played RB, have we had a weapon quite like Dayton. Don’t be fooled by his small stature and long hair. The guy is a stud! His rushing stats are absurd. He rushed for an average of 13 yards per carry and scored a TD on every 5th rushing attempt. He also contributed heavily as a returner, where he gave the offense incredible field positions. He also doubled as a receiver, where he forced defenses to respect him and gave room to our young RBs.
New faces and competition
While our rushing offense was incredible, it seamed like the passing game was even better at times. With over 2200 passing yards and 34 TDs thrown in the regular season, the QBs, WRs and TEs heavily contributed to our offensive success. WR Victor Staun had a tremendous first month as a NL player, but sadly his season was cut short by a horrible ankle injury. Before his injury, Staun produced 236 receiving yards and 5 TDs in just 2 NL games. Amazing numbers from the young player. Another great story was WR Aske Troen, who once again proved himself to be the top WR in Denmark. He averaged a TD in every single regular season game. This wasn’t lost on the Søllerød Gold Diggers, who used double coverage in the entire Mermaid Bowl to take him out of the game. TE Philip Thue Nielsen blossomed in the Mermaid Bowl, after his late arrival from Herlev Rebels. The big target had a couple of amazing catches and it seems like he has found a home at the TE position. The WR corps had help from junior player Jakob Green, younger brother of our captain Kristoffer Green, who produced a memorable 4 TD performance against the 89ers.
All this passing game success came of the hands of two great Danish QBs. Patrick Hargett and Kasper Skyum are both long time members of the Towers organization. Their seasons have been greatly impacted by the competition at practice. Kasper Skyum enjoyed a phenomenal first part of the season, where he had his most memorable performances against Gold Diggers and London Warriors. Kasper Skyum’s wedding in late august gave room for Patrick Hargett, who finished of the season with a bunch of amazing games. Especially his Friday Night Game against Gold Diggers and the semifinal against the Tigers will be remembered for years to come.
Improving a 2016 defense that only allowed 11,9 points per game, seemed like a difficult a task. But with some key changes and some amazing player performances, the defense let in just 10 points per game in the 2017 season. What made a great defense even better?
While the offense had a lot of unknown faces, the defense consisted of mostly familiar faces. But the player development was of the charts. On every position, there were players who improved tremendously during the 2017 season. That development was largely driven by the addition of Niels Roest to the defensive coaching staff. Niels Roest, a former Towers DB and LB, took on the role as DB coach and ass. defensive coordinator. In that capacity he devoted practically all his time to trying to develop players. A task he succeeded in. Peter Malmos was, as mentioned, the DL coach when the 2017 season started and helped develop our defensive line to new levels.
Team defense and great additions
The biggest key to our defensive success in 2017, was the improvement in understanding how to play as a team. In every game, the defense seemed prepared and was rarely caught in bad situations. Being at the right spots, knowing assignments and tackling as a team are attributes that describe the Towers defense all season long.
To play team defense you need to have 11 players who know what to do and can execute when called upon. The 2016 Towers defense had a lot of talented players and in 2017 a couple of additions made the team even better. DE Mikkel Stilling returned from a football hiatus, which made a good defensive line great. He is one of the premier run defenders in the league and his presence was felt from day 1. Adding DT Andreas Heide was the icing on the cake.
The biggest addition in 2017 came from our own U19 team. LB Sebastian Ledgaard was a big part of our defensive success. Not since LB Mark Terkelsbøl, have we had such an impactful player move from our U19 team to our senior team. Ledgaard led team in tackles, while he finished high school as an all-A student. Ledgaard is fast, physical and smart, and will be a big part of the Towers defense for years to come.
Looking back at 2017, one could argue that the Towers have one of the best rosters in team. But 2018 looks even better.
Dayton is coming back
The reigning National League MVP, our very own Dayton Winn, has put his signature on a new contract with the Towers and will once again be a key part of our offense and special teams.
Players returning from injury
Kristoffer Green, Stefan Johansen, Martin Ballegaard, Victor Staun, Edin Mahmutovic and many more are fighting to get back in the Towers uniform, and we cannot wait to see them back in action!
A couple of farewells
Saying goodbye to great players will always hurt. Jannik Linden, Lau Mikkelsen and Sverri Finnson, will not be found in Towers helmet next year. Lindén and Mikkelsen are both former team captains, and will be missed greatly. But both players have left the Towers in good hands, and the culture they brought to the team will continue.
Fortunately, both players remain within the Towers organization as Lindén will join our very talented group of live stream broadcasters and Mikkelsen will join our staff as a WR coach.
Saying goodbye to Sverri is tough. Not only is he one of the biggest talents in Denmark, he is also a great teammate and leader. Fortunately Sverri is not quitting football, he is leaving to go play football in the US, and we wish him all best.
DL Mads Marquad, TE/WR Jesper Hansen, LB Frederic Grønhøj and DB Daniel Karkov have already committed to play for the Copenhagen Towers in 2018. All 4 players bring a lot of NL and national team experience along with a hunger to win.
From our U19 squad we will have the pleasure of bringing in several key players, who helped bring in a bunch of great results the last 3 years. Most recently was the 2017 European Championships silver medal, and a Development Bowl silver medal. Players like Asbjørn Carlsbæk, Christian Berg, Alexander Mylsted, Jakob Bækgaard and Gustav Scholz will all help the Towers team, and they are all hungry for gold!
The 2018 season cannot come soon enough….!
Youngsters hoping for a career in the NFL can get a taste of the sport and a unique meeting with the most famous Dane to have experienced the NFL on his own body, when the Copenhagen Towers open their doors at the annual ‘Rookie Day’ on Saturday, February 3rd.
Among fans of American football The Great Dane is a legend. His career spanned a quarter of a century in one of the toughest sports in the world. He holds numerous NFL records. And now he is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, just the 9th member of the exclusive company who was born outside the United States.
In other words, it’s not just anyone, who will pay a visit to the Danish champions during the club’s open house. Morten Andersen is a very dedicated ambassador to the sport and his visit to the Towers bears witness of his excitement over the rapid growth of the sport in Denmark.
The president of the Copenhagen Towers, Jakob Munksgaard, is thrilled by the impending visit: “I am very proud that Morten Andersen has chosen to visit us. We look very much forward to sharing the joy of our fantastic sport with our rookies and Morten”.
Anyone, youth as well as adult players, with a dream of giving American football a try is welcome at Rookie Day, where equipment and experienced coaches will guide new players through a fun, exciting and tough program. And naturally there will be a chance to have a chat with Morten Andersen and perhaps take a selfie.
In the 1970s Morten Andersen showed the way and for a long time he was the only Danish player in the NFL. But lately players, who got their first taste of the sport here in Denmark, have begun to make themselves known in the United States. Andreas Knappe just signed a contract with the Denver Broncos, while pundits have high expectations to Hjalte Froholdt. A future in the NFL seems within reach of the Dane, who has one season left with his college team, the Arkansas Razorbacks.
The road to the NFL is long, but new players can experience their first tackles, blocks, passes and catches the day before this season’s Super Bowl; Saturday, February 3rd at 12:00 – 14:00 at the Copenhagen Towers’ turf field, K2, at Gentofte Sportspark.
The Copenhagen Towers would like to send a big “Thank You” to all of our followers, fans, volunteers and all people interested in Towers Nation. At the same time we would like to wish you all the best for the upcoming year and a great football season in 2018!
Hej alle i Towers Nation.
2017 har været et lilla år! Vi vandt suverænt Mermaid Bowl og havde et sindssygt godt efterår. Tror ikke der er andre klubber som har haft “running clock” mod alle de andre top 4 klubber, som vi havde mod Golddiggers, Razorbacks og Tigers!
På ungdomsfronten har vi også haft et rigtig godt år. Her er udviklingen af de enkelte spillere i fokus, og der er mange talentfulde spillere på vej. I 2018 vil vi få nogle spillere op der allerede fra start af kan kæmpe med om startpladserne. Så fremtiden ser lys ud i Towers.
Vi er sikre på at vi også har et stærkt hold i 2018, hvor vi vil gøre hvad vi kan for at genvinde DM. Derudover håber vi på at kunne gøre os gældende i de europæiske kampe. Disse kampe spilles i april/maj, så vi får spænding fra sæsonstart.
Vi glæder os til at byde alle velkommen til kampene i 2018, og ønsker alle en god jul og rigtig godt purple nytår.
Jakob, formand i Towers
Sidder du klistret til TV-skærmen søndag efter søndag for at følge NFL? Drømmer du om selv at opleve suset, når hjelmen trækkes på, og det første fløjt lyder? Hvis svaret er ja, skal du læse videre nu.
Lørdag, den 3. februar 2018 slår Copenhagen Towers i samarbejde med Dansk Amerikansk fodbold forbund dørene op til Åbent Hus! og giver interesserede i alle aldre chancen for at blive en del af verdens fedeste holdsport.
På denne dag vil du få mulighed for at prøve kræfter med alle spillets facetter under kyndig vejledning af trænere og spillere fra Copenhagen Towers, som står klar til at dele ud af deres store passion for amerikansk fodbold. Vi garanterer for en dag fyldt med fart og action.
Det eneste du skal gøre er at møde op klar til en sjov og lærerig dag. Og nå ja, så skal du berede dig på at få en interesse for livet.
Udover en fantastisk dag med fodbold vil Towers servere Kaffe og kage til de ventende forældre/venner og kærester og måske grillen bliver tændt! :o)
Beklædning – Sportstøj. Det er desuden en fordel at spille i fodboldstøvler eller andet fodtøj med knopper. Dog kan almindelige løbesko/idrætssko benyttes.
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