NFL UK hosted the official Primary Schools launch at the John Charles Centre, South Leeds that saw over 100 Primary School children take part and learn how to play Flag Football.
Flag Football is a non-contact version of American Football and is played by thousands of children in the US, with the craze starting to hit the UK. NFL UK aim to develop American Football at grassroots level in Yorkshire with Leeds Beckett University helping the progression of the sport in the region.
Last week’s event saw four Leeds Beckett American Footballers take part and help coach the Primary School children including International Business student Brad Crisp, Andy Loch BA Business, Josh Green BA Physical Education and Tyler Broad BA Sports Physical Activity and Health, as well as Beckett Alumnus Chris Jones.
American Football has increased in popularity in the UK in recent years, aided by the work of NFL UK and the increasing amount of NFL fixtures hosted at Wembley in front of sell-out crowds.
Leeds Beckett’s American Football club have also helped drive the sport in the city, with Beckett hosting American Football camps for juniors as well as USA programme sessions to encourage students, children and the community to get involved in the sport.
American Football coach Dale Bottomley says the event held at the John Charles Centre was a great experience for his players as well as the school children.
“The event was a really great experience for all of the pupils that attended, they all had a great time as well as their teachers,
“It was also great from an American Football perspective as events like this really help engage a new audience and gives a greater awareness for the sport.”
If your child would love to get involved with American Football, Leeds Beckett University offers American Football as part of our Junior Sports Academy.