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MEDWAY SCHOOLS GET READY TO TOUCHDOWN!

Ten secondary schools in Medway will be making their first steps towards the NFL from January when they receive coaching and equipment boosts thanks to a grant from Sport England.

Working with AFD, local Sports Partnership Manager for schools in the Greenacre Sport Partnership Vikki Bell was keen to see the sport grow in the secondary schools as it had done through local community activities.

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FLAG FOOTBALL COMPETITION FOR PRIMARY SCHOOLS RETURNS!

Following the success of the first flag football School Games competition this year Kent Sport have confirmed it will be returning for 2018!

After hosting a full day of skills training and competition in April this year, which saw Lady Boswell’s School from Sevenoaks crowned the inaugural winners, the event will return to the University of Kent on Thursday April 26th 2017.

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AMERICAN FOOTBALL RECEIVES OVER 120K IN A YEAR!

Following the launch of AFD’s Club Support Scheme at the end of 2016, the organisation has generated over £120,000 of funding into the sport in less than twelve months.

Looking at ways to help more clubs and schools grow their organisations AFD, the UK’s leading American Football coaching company, created the Club Support Scheme to help teams get the funding boost to match their organisation’s ambitions. continue reading…

The London Games are almost here!

The NFL is back and while the season officially started on Thursday with the Patriots v Chiefs game, the majority of sides will be getting their first games underway today.

And in Week 3 of the NFL season it goes international! Yes, on Sunday September 24th the NFL returns to London for the 11th season and as the start of the now famous London Games is only two weeks away we’re launching our London Games Extravaganza!

Every day, every week until the end of October, we’ll be celebrating the return of the NFL to London. There will be profile pieces with fans, competitions and lots, lots more!

And to get the London Games off to a great start we have a fabulous competition for you! Want to see an NFL game for yourself? Well we’re giving away the chance for you to win two tickets to the Minnesota Vikings and Cleveland Browns game on the 29th September. And all you have to do is click here to enter!

So come on and join in the fun!

 

LITTLE RASCAL READY TO MAKE A TOUCHDOWN THIS SUMMER

AFD, deliverers of flag and American Football coaching across the South East, have today announced a new addition to their team, and it looks like he’s going to be a bit of a handful!

Arriving this week is our new ‘Little Rascal’ ball, suitable for the smallest of hands and will allow children from a pre-school age the chance to get their first touchdown!

Little Rascal will be one to catch this summer!

The new ball, which is manufactured by Baden and is exclusively available to AFD in the UK, is just over seven and a half inches in length and is in a bright array of red, white and blue colours.

“We are delighted to be introducing the ‘Little Rascal’ ball to the UK,” says Gur Samuel, managing director of AFD Limited. “Since we started our coaching operation three years ago, we have seen more and more people start their American Football journeys at a younger age, and it seems appropriate that we continue to lead the way by introducing age appropriate products.”

Having been coaching flag football in primary schools over the last few years, earlier this year, AFD launched its new program, Touchdown Time, which is specifically designed for children from the age four upwards. This multi skills program helps children take their first journey towards playing American Football but also teaches catching, throwing, running and jumping as well as dance movements which could be transferred into a variety of sports.

The ‘Little Rascal’ gained its name through a competition on social media and was selected as the winning name by the AFD directors. Tracy Stubbs, who named the ball, will be the first recipient of a ‘Little Rascal’ while the ball will be available on the AFD website from July. Priced at £7.50 including VAT, it will be the perfect accompaniment to the summer holiday fun!

FOLKESTONE ACADEMY FLYING THE FLAG IN KENT SCHOOLS COMPETITION

Folkestone Academy B side are celebrating becoming the first winners of the Kent School Satellite Club competition after participating against four other teams today.

The competition, saw schools come from across Kent and show a fantastic level of skill, seeing how the sport has developed over the last three years. First through Sportivate and then Satellite Club funding, many schools in the county, thanks to support from Kent Sport and coaching from AFD, have been able to participate in a new and popular sport. continue reading…

AFD HELP LAUNCH NEW SCHOOL PROGRAM

For Lee Walker, PE Teacher at Sir Frederic Osborn school in Welwyn Garden City, it had long been an ambition for him to bring American Football to his school.

The school is the playing base for local side Welwyn and Hatfield Mosquitoes and in December last year, the school had some taster sessions and found that it was definitely something that the students had an appetite for.

But what next? Funds for new sports are not really obtainable out of school funds so where could they go to make this dream a reality? Back to AFD. continue reading…

AFD CELEBRATE £60,000 BOOST TO AMERICAN FOOTBALL

Since launching its Club Support Scheme six months ago, AFD is proud to announce that it has now helped clubs and schools generate £60,000 towards American Football programs in England.

Since AFD started the Club Support Service in January this year, the company has helped clubs in a variety of ways from helping secure funding or providing marketing support, while also delivering coaching and education workshops. continue reading…

LADY BOSWELL’S SCHOOL TAKE FIRST EVER KENT SCHOOL GAMES FLAG FOOTBALL TITLE

Thursday 27th April saw the University of Kent play host to the first ever Kent School Games Flag Football competition.

Having first been introduced to children across the county three years ago, and been a demo sport at last year’s Kent School Games, AFD, who were instrumental in the growth of the game in Kent, worked with Kent Sport to bring together the first ever competition. continue reading…

Sports Minister scores a touchdown in Aylesford

In one of her final duties ahead of the general election, Sports Minister, Tracey Crouch MP, paid a visit to St Peter’s Primary School in Aylesford and participated in a PE lesson of flag football on Friday 28th April.

St Peter’s could be taking a big step forward in producing a potential NFL star of the future as the school has been awarded a set of equipment to play flag football in the school which Ms Crouch presented to them. continue reading…

Can you help walk 8707km?

Well ok, we don’t expect you to walk, or run every single step of that, but could you do a portion of it and help send the GB Women’s side to the World Championships?

This weekend, the team are asking for the American Football community to come together and literally help them take steps towards their goal of going to Canada in June to be the first British team to ever make the World Champs. continue reading…

Next stop the Super Bowl – Aylesford Primary celebrate a boost to their American Football ambitions

St Peter’s Primary School in Aylesford are taking another step forward in producing a potential NFL star of the future with news of an award of a set of equipment to play flag football in the school.

The bag, which was one of eight awarded to schools across the county by Kent Sport will be officially presented to the school on Friday 28th April 2017 by the school’s local MP and Minister for Sport, Tracey Crouch. continue reading…

Can you spot the signs ahead of Wear a Hat Day?

Last month we announced we were working with Brain Tumour Research ahead of its big fundraising activity – Wear a Hat Day.

 

You might recall that despite the fact that brain tumours kill more children and adults under the age of 40 than any other cancer, only 1% of the national spend for cancer research is allocated to this devastating disease.

 

But how can you spot the symptoms? The first thing to know is that brain tumours can present themselves with a whole variety of symptoms largely depending on the part of the brain is affected. But if you are experiencing multiple symptoms then be persistent in getting them investigated. continue reading…

AFD LAUNCH ‘TOUCHDOWN’ WITH NEW KEY STAGE 1 PROGRAM

AFD, deliverers of flag football coaching across the South-East of England have today launching a new sports program called ‘Touchdown Time’.

‘Touchdown Time’ has been specifically created for Key Stage 1 pupils in line with the requirements of the National Curriculum for PE. Children learn a range of movements as well as take part in competitive game based situations. continue reading…

AFD LAUNCH FIRST SATELLITE CLUB WITH ACTIVE SURREY

AFD Limited, deliverers of flag football in schools and community groups across the South East will be launching its first program in Surrey this week.

Working closely with local American Football club Farnham Knights and with funding provided by Active Surrey, the satellite club will start on Monday 27th February at Farnham Heath End School and is open to boys and girls from Year 9 upwards. continue reading…

Club Support Service Update

Last month AFD launched its new Club Support Service which helps support American Football clubs in a number of ways.

One club that has recently benefited from AFD’s support, and continues to do so is Ouse Valley Eagles. We caught up with Mark Chilton, their Academy Co-ordinator to see how they had found working with AFD.  continue reading…

AFD LINKS WITH BRAIN TUMOUR RESEARCH

When we first spoke to Brain Tumour Research at the end of last year we were stunned by some of the information that they gave us.

Of course we were aware about brain tumours, and we know that they can affect people no matter what their personal circumstance, no matter their age or how healthy a lifestyle they lead.

What we weren’t aware of is how brain tumours are the single biggest cancer killer of children and adults under the age of 40 with an estimation of 16,000 people a year being diagnosed with having a tumour. continue reading…

AFD AND KENT SPORT INTRODUCE PRIMARY FLAG FOOTBALL COMPETITION

Calling all Primary schools in Kent! Hot on the heels of the announcement of a secondary school competition in December, Kent Sport have confirmed the inclusion of flag football to primary School Games programme.

Having been a demo sport at last year’s Kent School Games, and recently added to the School Games programme by the Youth Sports Trust, AFD, who deliver flag football to schools across the county, are happy to support Kent Sport in bringing this fantastic game to the School Games this summer. continue reading…

KENT PHOENIX ANNOUNCE FIRST FLAG FOOTBALL CAMP

Kent Phoenix, the new youth American football team from Maidstone, announced today they will be holding their first flag football camp, this half term.

The camp, which will be held on Wednesday 15th February at Cornwallis Academy in Maidstone and is open to children aged 8-14 years and the club are looking for anyone of any ability – whether they play regularly or are completely new to the sport. continue reading…

AFD LAUNCH CLUB SUPPORT SERVICE

AFD, deliverers of flag football coaching across the South-East of England are today launching a new support service for American Football clubs.

The new Club Support Service will look to help American Football clubs in a variety of ways, utilising the skills and expertise within the team at AFD. Whether that is helping secure funding or marketing support, the service will help and grow clubs across the country.

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AFD AND KENT SPORT INTRODUCE FIRST EVER AMERICAN FOOTBALL SCHOOL GAMES COMPETITION

Secondary schools in Kent will have a new School Games competition to be a part of next summer, with the inclusion of flag football to the programme.

Having been a demo sport at last year’s Kent School Games, and recently added to the School Games programme by the Youth Sports Trust, AFD, who deliver flag football to schools across the county, are happy to support Kent Sport in bringing this fantastic game to the School Games this summer. continue reading…

A landmark day for American Football in the UK

  • American Football now part of School Games
  • Flag football growing faster than ever in the UK
  • All-inclusive for boys and girls of all abilities
  • AFD is the UK leading provider in curriculum American football

 A landmark day for American Football in the UK

American Football has often been viewed by many in the UK as a game played by huge guys in the NFL.

Well we can’t deny that there are more than a few sizeable figures but there’s so much more to the game than that.

Despite what you may think there is an ever growing community of players, officials and fans in the country with children starting to play flag football, the non-tackle version of the game, from primary school age.

Most of the growth that is being seen in the game is within youth and women’s competition, and as a result of the much work by BAFA, the sport’s governing body in Great Britain, American Football was recognised by School Games last week. continue reading…

AFD Announces International Series Sizzlers

AFD Limited, provider of American football to schools, clubs and community programs across the UK announced today a huge series of social media activity to celebrate this year’s NFL International Series.

The International Series is a key date in the NFL season each year and for many Brits is their first introduction to the sport. With AFD having introduced over 4,000 children to the sport through its coaching sessions, the company is celebrating the arrival of some of the best players in the game. continue reading…

Ladies rugby? Nope, American Football all the way!

Across the country we find many people not finding their way into the game of American Football until they reach university. With the university programme gaining strength each year this can only grow.

 

Certainly a move to university opened the path into American Football for Rhiannon Gibson, whose housemate had signed up for a taster session and she decided to tag along. While a taster was as far as her housemate got, Rhiannon was hooked. continue reading…

AFD SUPPORTING GOLDING VISION AND KENT SPORT INITIATIVE

American Football Development Limited, provider of flag football to schools and community groups announced today its support for Kent Sport’s programme with Golding Vision, the community arm of local housing provider Golding Homes.

The project is offering a range of sports and physical activity programmes over the summer months which is free to children and young people aged between  2 ½ and 18 years.

“We are delighted to be a part of this project and working with other sports providers to be able to offer sport to residents of Golding Homes,” said Gur Samuel, managing director of AFD Limited. continue reading…

’FUN’, ‘AWESOME’ AND ‘AMAZING’ SUMMER AMERICAN FOOTBALL CAMP FROM AFD

Fun, amazing and awesome were just some of the comments from participants of the AFD Summer Camp, held at Royal Harbour Academy yesterday.

Girls discussing tactics

Girls discussing tactics

AFD Limited, who provide American football to schools, clubs and community programs across the UK saw children journey from across Kent for the one day course in Ramsgate. A mixture of skills were on show, with some new to the game, while others play regularly in club sides, but all with a willingness to learn more and get involved. continue reading…