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.

Children enjoying the demo at this year's games

Children enjoying the demo at this year’s games

Natalie Harris, Countryside, Leisure and Sports Events Manager for Kent Sport comments: When we first introduced Flag Football as a demo sport at the Kent School Games, there was a limited amount of activity taking place in the county. Giving young people the opportunity to ‘have a go’ sparked an interest from schools attending school games events and has led to a growth in the sport. With new schools participating all the time and a growth in Satellite clubs, it seemed the ideal time to introduce it to School Games.”

Flag Football is the non-tackle version of American Football and AFD have been working with both primary and secondary schools across the whole of Kent to introduce this fast, fun and inclusive sport.

The East Kent School Games event will take place on Monday 26th June at Polo Farm in Canterbury and the competition will be open to teams of boys with pupils in Year 9 and 10.

AFD coaches with Sports Minister Tracey Crouch MP at this year's Kent School Games

AFD coaches with Sports Minister Tracey Crouch MP at this year’s Kent School Games

“Since we first introduced flag football to schools a couple of years ago we’ve had great support from the Kent Sport team,” said Gur Samuel, Managing Director of AFD Limited. “We are really excited that since the news that flag football has been introduced to the School Games programme, we’ve been able to introduce a competitive format so quickly. We are really excited to see what teams will be coming to the event in June!”

If you would like more details on how you can enter the School Games flag football competition and more information on the competition format then please contact AFD on 0207 056 2700 or