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Introducing the latest edition to the rapidly expanding Lancashire Academy of American Football: The Preston Panthers!
The newest side to The Lancashire Academy of American Football continues the tradition in raising youth talent in the British game with squads across the county across all ages in Burnley, Chorley, Standish and Blackburn.
With the increased interest in American Football in the UK, the Panthers have been formed initially as a 14-16 year old kitted team, allowing both boys and girls to get involved and enjoy the rapidly developing sport.
Led by one-time Coventry Jets player and now offensive line coach/player of the Lancashire Wolverines Chris Bradley, the Panthers are sure to have great leadership in training and match ups.
Speaking on his appointment Coach Bradley said: “I’m really looking forward to developing grass roots American Football in the Preston area.
We have a number of adult players in the area and the response we’ve had so far suggests the interest will be even greater at the younger age range. I will now be looking to put together a coaching staff and confirming training details in the next few weeks”.
Assisting Coach Bradley will be the experienced Programme Leader in Great Britain Lions’ youth coach, Simon Purcell. He said, “Our aim is to create a thriving Youth Kitted team to go compete against the existing teams within the Academy - the Chorley Buccaneers, the Burnley Tornados and the Standish Raiders. It is our hope that players from these teams will graduate to the Lancashire Wolverine Colts and then onto our adult team. The Academy aim is simple – to be the best American Football programme in the UK!”
With the British American Football Association (BAFA) backing them, following the Panthers’ successful application to the Kick-Start fund, the team will be provided with ten sets of equipment to establish the team.
The Preston Panthers will be eager to maintain the winning ways of the Academy’s teams and like the others will be counting on your support to roar them to victory!
The inaugural Preston Panthers Rookie Camp will take place on Saturday 6th August. Any boys and girls aged 14-16 who are interested in playing kitted American Football are invited to come along and join in this FREE introduction to the game.
The London Blitz have been awarded home field advantage in the EFAF Cup final.
The game, which takes place on Saturday July 2nd, will be hosted by the Blitz at their Finsbury Park Stadium in north London. They will take on the Kragujevac Wild Boars from Serbia.
A spokesman for the European federation of American Football said: "Home field advantage in the semifinals and finals of both EFL and EFAF Cup is awarded in a bidding process amongst the competing teams. The process was standardized by EFAF in 2009 and enables clubs to formally apply, if they wish to host one of these games. The EFAF Board of Directors after evaluation of all applications decides based on financial, strategic and quality aspects. The goal is to showcase the top European games to a broad public, thus past attendance figures or possible TV coverage are amongst the most important in the mix of criteria that leads to the decision." IAF hopes to feature a report & photos on the final in Issue 7 of Inside American Football
Premier Division team the London Blitz have made it through to the final of the European federation of American Football Cup.
The Blitz took on the Sollerod Gold Diggers from Denmark at the Blitz's home ground in Finsbury Park in London.
The opening of the game saw an extremely shakey start for the Blitz when they kicked off to the Gold Diggers who immediately made 3 great plays to score a TD. They converted the extra point and found themselves 7 - 0 down in the first coupe of minutes of the game.
The Blitz went to the air and looked likely to score when they fumbled the ball into the Gold Diggers' end zone. In the second quarter they managed a passing TD & a field goal to go into the break 9 - 7 up.
The second half saw the Blitz consolidating their game & they eventually came away 23 - 7 winners to go into the final on July 2nd.
You can see a full match report and photos in Issue 6 of Inside American Football
The Division Two East conference Norwich Devils have announced their intention to withdraw from competition football for the rest of the 2011 BAFACL season.
In an announcement on the BAFA Community League Forums, Club Secretary, Ben Stockwell, said: "It is with great regret that the Norwich Devils senior team have today (24/5/11) withdrawn from competition in the 2011 season of the British American Football Association Community League (BAFACL). The Devils committee was left with no other choice as with mounting injuries along both the offensive & defensive lines the club was not in a position to safely field a team in upcoming matches, and no prospect of the situation improving in time to play a meaningful part in the remainder of the season.
"The Devils players, coaching staff & committee will be working hard in the coming months to bolster the club and will look to work through the associate club status with the BAFACL to ensure a return to the league as soon as the club are in a stable enough position to return to competitive league play. The Devils would like to thank the league & their division opponents for their understanding at this difficult time for the club and we look forward to renewing acquaintances with rivals old & new, very soon."
The Devils are the second team this season to find themselves being unable to fulfill their league committments following the withdrawal of the Division One Peterborough Saxons earlier this month.
The Peterborough Saxons have released the following statement after their decision to pull out of league football after just 3 games of the 2011 BAFACL adult kitted season.
Saxons Press Release
The 2011 Season has been a tough one for the Peterborough Saxons. A few weeks ago our long standing General Manager Mark Kerr stepped down. After over 5 long years of hard work as the face of the Peterborough Saxons the time had come for change. Mark decided that he could no longer dedicate the ever increasing time that it was taking to run the organisation. The Saxons appreciate all the effort he has put in to the club over the past few years and wishes him all the best in the future. He is and will always be a friend of the club and has by no means left us in the lurch - he has offered all his support going forward.
Within a week of this our Head Coach resigned. After guiding us through the first 3 games of the season he decided that he was no longer capable of doing this job. This was a personal choice and he is no longer associated with the Saxons organisation.
With a number of departures in the off-season and the untimely departure of our Head Coach the Saxons were put in a desperate situation. After originally rescheduling our home fixture against Leicester we had to take a serious look at the squad we had left and make some very tough decision. We did not have enough healthy linemen to safely field a team. By the time enough players had returned from injury, we would have been too backed-up with fixtures to be able to complete our schedule.
We have decided to pull out of competition for the 2011 season.
That said, this is by no means the end of the Saxons. We have already started planning for the 2012 season in Division 2. New management has been put in place with aim of setting up a Football Committee in Peterborough to guide the Saxons to all their future successes.
The Saxons Youth team is unaffected as they have been set up such that they were protected from this and will continue as normal. We are proud of our Youth and look forward to see the kids progress to the senior level, for years to come.
I'm happy to announce the for the 2012 season, the Peterborough Saxons will have a new Head Coach. William White will be taking over this role. After careful consideration it was decided that he was our man. The man we needed combined Passion with Leadership - Will brings this and a lot more.
Will has had football running through his veins since playing as a child in Alabama. He brings to the job a vast array of experience in both playing and coaching the game.He's had played at school, in the military and won titles in the British game. After coaching both abroad and in our Premiership he has decided to take on a new challenge.
We are very excited for the future and look forward to get back on the gridiron.
Ryan Toone - Interim GM of the Peterborough Saxons
Brave sports star Jen Hilton is about to make history - by becoming the first woman to play alongside men in the British American Football Association’s Community League. The tough cookie from Tile Hill is putting on her pads in tireless training to make her debut with the Coventry Jets this May. The sport’s national governing body has confirmed the 27-year-old will be the first woman to play the full-contact game at premier league level.
Coventry is already a hotbed of young female talent with Warwick and Coventry universities hosting the UK’s first established women’s non-contact “flag” teams. But 5’10” Jen will be the first – and only – woman to play with and against men in the national league and, as one of the Jets’ running backs, she’ll be guaranteed contact with burly blokes on the field.You can see a full match report in Issue 5 of Inside American Football.
The Peterborough Saxons appear to have pulled out of the 2011 Season after just three games.
The Division 1 Central team have forfeited the remaining games for the 2011 season. The reason for their problems is unclear though apparent Saxons players are on the forums citing the departure of the General Manager & Head Coach together with a number on injuries meaning they cannot continue competitive football this year. A further forum comment cites the team failing to recover from the loss of up to 31 players from the squad since the end of the 2010 season.
The BAFA Community League website is showing their remaining games against Leicester, Nottingham, Cambridge, Oxford and Birmingham as a 1 - 0 loss.
The London Blitz American Football Club is pleased to announce that photographer David Fearn has joined the club this season. David is an experienced photographer who took photos of our game against Bristol last season at Finsbury Park and is delighted to be involved through the 2011 campaign.
David will be joining the team through the season and will document the journey of the team during pre-season, camp, European games and the BAFACL Premier Division fixtures.
To see David’s first set of pictures for 2011 go to David's Flickr Page.You can see a full article & interview with the new Blitz photographer in Issue 5 of Inside American Football
The 2011 season of the British American Football Community Leagues competition began on Sunday 10th April.
Up & down the country fans will be able to see three adult leagues - Premier, Division One & Division Two, Adult Flag, Junior & Youth Contact and Youth & Cadet Flag Football.
The Premier League's London Blitz & Coventry Jets will also be taking part in the European Championship, the EFAF Cup.
Full Team details together with match dates & venues will be available both within Inside American Football magazine and our website.You can see a full details of all UK teams in Issue 5 of Inside American Football
The BAFA Division One team, the Leicester Panthers, made a signing which set the forums buzzing. They recruited former Colorado State & Denver broncos quarterback, Bradlee Van Pelt.
Van Pelt was a backup QB to Denver's Jake Plummer for three years before transferring to the Houston Texans. He retired from the NFL to build his own wine business.
A meeting in Italy, where Van Pelt was playing, with Falcons General manager , Guy Kersey, saw Van pelt come to the UK, where he plays for the Falcons & appears as a TV pundit on Sky Sports.
You can read the full story in Issue Two of Inside American Football.