On Wednesday, the Norwegian Crown Prince Family held their annual football match at their home in Asker.
The team of the Crown Prince Family was strengthened by, among others, Lise Klaveness, Ståle Solbakken and Frode Grodås, as well as the famous artist Astrid S. Additionally, former football player Jan Åge Fjørtoft was the team leader for the royal team. Furthermore, the team was made up of Crown Prince and Crown Princess and their children, Princess Ingrid Alexandra and Prince Sverre Magnus. During the match, they met their opponents from the team of “Asker United”.
The match is a collaboration between the Crown Prince Family and the Norwegian Football Association and takes place at Skaugum each year. The purpose of the friendly game is to focus on the part of the football family that does not get the attention it deserves and on the sport as an integration arena.
The Crown Prince Couple has previously played football during their work on several occasions. During the annual county tour in 2013, the royals showed their skills during a football competition in Marnardal.
Mette-Marit and Haakon also tried some “official football” during their official trip to Vietnam a couple of years ago, as they kicked off a match in connection with the project “Football for All”. The project, which was organised in coordination with the Norwegian Football Association, has so far taught 13,000 children to play football, of which half are girls.
The football match was held at the Crown Prince Family’s home, the Skaugum Estate. The Skaugum Estate is located in a setting about 12 miles southwest of Oslo in the Asker municipality. When Crown Prince Haakon married his wife, Crown Princess Mette-Marit in 2001, King Harald gave the estate as a wedding gift to his son and his wife.
Crown Prince Haakon and his older sister, Princess Märtha Louise also grew up there.