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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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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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…

Swansea Hammerheads

Our November Club of the Month takes us to Wales and we profile our first ever Welsh team. Swansea Hammerheads may have only been going for a year but are already growing in number and ready to take on their first BAFA competition. Read more from player and head coach Paul Labbatt about the Hammerheads.

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Colts loss is a definite gain for the Vikings

Like many people who will be coming into American Football this season, they may well pick their team based on the strength of who they see performing on TV in the London series.

That’s certainly something that a young Adam Chapman would be able to relate to as it was a chance football game, not long after he started playing the sport itself, that led him towards the Vikings. continue reading…

Feeling ‘Browned’ off at the not always lovable Cleveland losers

Paul McFadyen doesn’t mince his words when it comes to talking about his favourite NFL team. And for many people reading this blog who are strong followers of the NFL, they would think nor should he.

For being a fan of the Cleveland Browns, for thirty years (no really) he has seen plenty of lows and lows and plenty of opportunities that got away. In fact that was the start of his love affair with the sport, when the Browns were in their hey-day but just weren’t able to get over the line. Literally. continue reading…

Rams charged at the Bears to become David’s first love

David Stead’s love for the LA Rams started back in the mid eighties when he made a conscious decision to not follow the herd and go with a completely different team. The Chicago Bears were the hot favourite at David’s school fielding legends of the game such as Walter Payton, Jim McMahon and William ‘The Fridge’ Perry, but David decided to be a little less fashionable.


“Everyone at school became a Bears fan because they were such a great team then. But I decided to go with the Rams as they had a great running back in Eric Dickerson. Typically they were shut out of the NFC Championship Game by the Bears which was disappointing but I’ve stuck with them ever since.”

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How Tom became ‘Madden’ enough to build a birdgang

How many hours have you spent on Madden and how has it affected your football choices over time? Well for Tom Donlan, who is a big Arizona Cardinals fan, it helped cement in his mind the NFL team that he was to follow.


“I hadn’t any particular affiliations to the Arizona Cardinals but they happened to draft the player I had in Madden 09 and that seemed as good a reason as any to follow them. It worked out well, I do love supporting the team and five years ago I set up the British Bird Gang (@BritishBirdgang) to find likeminded Cardinals fans in the UK.”

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Late night video request leads to long term sport love

Late one evening back in 1985, Chris Fellowes’ brother in law asked if he’d tape a show on Channel 4. It was the weekly NFL highlights show and very quickly a 13 year old Chris was transfixed.


One of the teams being profiled was the LA Rams who had played the Green Bay Packers and one particular player, Ron Brown had returned two KO’s for scores as well as a deep pass for a score. In that moment, the Californian sunshine and the blue and gold uniforms of the Rams had secured another fan.

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