Hertfordshire Hurricanes

As we start the New Year we have our first university team to be profiled. Hertfordshire Hurricanes are well known within Britball with a number of national titles, but if you’re weighing up your options for uni, then it might be one to consider. Former player and now one of the Special Teams Co-ordinators for the team Jordan Legge, gives us more of an insight into the Hatfield based side. 

  • When was your club formed, where and by who? 

The team first formed in 1994 whereby the competed in the BCAFL 1994-1995 season. The team was founded at the University of Hertfordshire by students with an interest in the sport.

  • What teams do you currently have? 

The Hertfordshire Hurricanes mixed team & sister team the Hertfordshire Tornadoes.

  • Where and when do you train? 

Twice a week at the University of Hertfordshire, three weekly sessions take place in game free weeks.

  • What are your plans for the next twelve months?

 Win the national title. In addition to that continue to grow and develop our players, whilst recruiting new people to the sport.

Celebrating a Touchdown against Birmingham

  • Why should people get into American Football?

 It is unlike any other sport, there is a position for everyone. The diversity in the positions people play and their skill set is unlike any other sport, it creates a unique atmosphere on and off the pitch.

  • What would you consider the clubs greatest achievement? 

Having won 5 national titles, including three consecutive, under the old league structure is a big achievement for us. Also being able to develop players to a calibre allowing them to play in some of Europe’s most competitive leagues, is an achievement in itself.  

        

  • Do you have any players and coaches of note – past or present?  

Many of our coaches have vast experience playing in the UK and Europe, our most notable coaches include Simon Hatcher (Current HC and Britball Legend) & Jim Messenger.

  •  Why should people join the University of Hertfordshire ? 

The culture and diversity of the university is second to none, add that to the fact its twenty minutes to London and it’s a win win. In regards to football, the team has an ethos of not only building better football players but better men. We strive for perfection on and off the pitch to give ourselves the best chance to win championships, with one of the biggest and most knowledgeable coaching staff in University football we aim to be the best.

Dwight Caulker in action

  • What would be your favourite football moment ever – either domestic or international? 

I guess there are plenty of football moments that stand out for everyone, the first time you put your game day jersey with your number and your colours, as opposed to a practice jersey, that’s a special moment for all players I think. Then when you first step on the pitch and experience the game is always a welcome moment for any athlete.

Not the result Manny Akala wanted.

  • Please sum up your club in 25 words or less! 

Building better athletes to compete at the highest level of this sport within the UK. Preparation Meets Opportunity

  • Can you provide contact details for people wishing to join the club

Rebecca White (Hertfordshire Athletic Union): r.white7@herts.ac.uk

Simon Hatcher (Head Coach): simondhatcher@gmail.com

 

Still time to see a home fixture this season