Fancy yourself as the next Odell Beckham junior? Well here’s your chance as American Football has a Fylde coast revival.
It’s been 13 years since The Fylde Falcons competed in Blackpool for more than a decade before finally disbanding in 1993.
And now the Lancashire Academy of American Football is urging those who are interested in the sport to join them at a taster day in Blackpool, where it hopes to recruit new players, coaching and personnel staff to its growing ranks.
The Academy’s senior team – the Lancashire Wolverines – have soared to the Premiership North division in recent years, playing teams as far flung as East Kilbride in Scotland, and boasts the accolade of being the best team in the North West.
Amid a resurgence in popularity for American football in the UK, the Academy has attracted players from as young as 14 and recruits from across Lancashire.
From the BBC’s growing coverage of the sport to England’s own Wembley hosting the International Series – where NFL teams come to face each other in London in front of a sell-out crowd - the sport has sparked interest in ever-increasing numbers on this side of the pond.
The Lancashire Academy has strong links with other sports teams in its community, training at the Blackburn Rugby Club facilities, and meeting regularly with university American football teams across the North West.
Their taster day in Blackpool will be held at the South Shore Cricket & Squash Club in from 7.30pm on January 13 and the Academy urges those who might be interested – male or female – from 14 years and above, to attend, as well as those who have an interest in coaching and other off-field positions.
Director of Media, Nathan Sharrocks, said: “It’s been incredible to see how much the Academy has grown in the past few years and we want to encourage new faces to come along and see how exciting and beneficial playing American football can be.
“Our teams show so much drive and commitment to the sport, and to each other, and that’s something that really spurs new players on to flourish at the Academy.
It’s going to be an excellent season and we’d love for new people to come along and get involved.”
For more information, see the Lancashire Academy of American Football page on Facebook or alternatively you can email email@example.com.