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.

As a result of the funding grant, all of the schools in the area will receive blocks of after school coaching, equipment, training for teachers to continue the sport and competition in the summer months.

“The interest in American Football continues to grow in Kent and particularly in flag football through Medway Council’s community activity Park Sport.” said Vikki Bell.

We wanted to take this interest and build it through our secondary schools to ensure that we have a new sport to engage more pupils in the future. The support from AFD will allow all our secondary schools the chance to have coaching, equipment and CPD and we can’t wait to start seeing the inter school competitions!

Many teachers in the area had expressed an interest in introducing flag football but had little to no resource to introduce the sport or buy the equipment. The Sport England grant will ensure that the sport has the start it needs with the competition element to keep them going.

“We are delighted to see flag football get off the ground in the schools in Medway,” said Gur Samuel, Managing Director of AFD Limited. “We know how difficult it is for secondary schools to introduce new sports when they have such little funding, so we are delighted to help them get the sport off the ground and secure it for the future with training and equipment.”

AFD is currently working with other schools and sports partnerships across the South East and will be looking to bring even more new players to the sport in the coming months. If you would like to see if your school is eligible then contact us today for more information and a no obligation chat, contact AFD on or call 0203 056 2700.