While Staffordshire Surge has been in Britball for over 20 years, its women’s program only started two years ago.
In that time, the club has grown from two players to nearly 15 regular players and taking big steps forward to playing in their first Sapphire Series earlier this year. We talk to Laura Cole from the club about how the club is building and growing.
- When was your club formed, where and by who?
Staffordshire Surge has been going for over 20 years, however Surge Ladies was only formed 2 years ago by Nikki Martin and Sophie Robinson who were already involved with the men’s team. In the last year numbers have really increased and we have gone from 2 to nearly 15 regular ladies.
- What teams do you currently have?
Staffordshire Surge is currently made up of the 3 separate teams. The men’s or senior team, the women’s team and the academy team made up of young people up until the age of 16.
- Where and when do you train? All 3 team train on Sunday morning’s usually at St Peters Academy in Stoke-on-Trent with mid-week evening training sessions taking place in spring and summer.
- What are your plans for the next twelve months?
The last 12 months has seen the ladies team take part in our first ever tournaments as a team, 2 flag tournaments (Summer Series & Opal Series) and we are currently taking part in our first ever full contact tournament, Sapphire Series.
The next 12 months will hopefully see us taking part in more flag competitions as well as training for next year’s 7×7 contact seasons. We also are looking to get involved in community events promoting sports and fitness in addition to more recruitment events.
- Why should people get into American Football?
American Football is a truly inclusive sport, anyone can play regardless of your knowledge of the sport. It doesn’t matter what shape or size you are or even what your fitness levels is; it’s a great way to take up sport, improve your fitness and meet people.
- What would you consider the clubs greatest achievement?
Speaking for the Ladies team I would say our greatest achievement to be our progression in such small spaces of time; from just 2 women 12 months ago, we now have a great regular team of over 15 ladies. We have got a reputation for being a supportive, fair and happy team with everyone we’ve ever compete with and we are proud to represent Surge.
- Do you have any players and coaches of note – past or present?
Our Head Coach is Phoebe Schecter, current captain of Team GB ladies American Football team and sports ambassador. She competes all over the world in both American Football and Kabaddi and is a constant source of knowledge and inspiration for everyone on the team.
- Why should people join the Surge?
We pride ourselves at Surge Ladies as being a very inclusive team; we are a family and are all very close. We support each other as a team and together we are going from strength to strength. The future looks very bright for us and we can’t wait to welcome more members into our Surge family.
- What would be your favourite football moment ever – either domestic or international?
We would have to say that the last Super Bowl would be right up there for us. It was a fantastic example of team work and what can be achieved when a team pulls together. It proves that you should never give up and ever if others have written you off you can always rally and as a team create history.
- Please sum up your club in 25 words or less!
We’re a football family, whether it’s the men’s, women’s or academy; we support and encourage each other. We train hard and pride ourselves of our Surge spirit.
- Can you provide contact details for people wishing to join the club
For the ladies team you can find us on Facebook and Twitter on @surgeladies where you can drop us a message, or you can email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will get back to you with training times so you can pop along and meet the team.