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American Football

Junior American Football

Junior American Football


American Football is one of the fastest growing sports in the UK; our sessions at Leeds Beckett have grown from five players playing every week to 75 players playing every week in just over two years. It is a fast-paced sport that develops discipline, teamwork, confidence and communication skills.

We offer sessions of both non-contact (flag) and full contact (helmets and pads) versions of the game. 

  • A typical flag session (non-contact) will involves learning passing and catching techniques, improving defensive skills and introducing the strategy of the game. 
  • A full contact session (for ages 14+) involves similar elements but participants will be fully kitted in helmets and pads and practice tackling and blocking skills.

Saturday morning sessions:

09:15- 11:00 14 - 16 year olds
Cost per session: £5.00

11:15-13:00 17 - 19 year olds
Cost per session: £5.00

11:30-13:00 7 - 13 year olds
Cost per session: £5.00 

If you would like to attend the Carnegie Junior American Football Academy then please complete the attached enrolment form. Athletes are greeted in the Sports Centre Reception were registration is completed.

For more information on the programme please contact Dale Bottomley, Sports Development Officer on juniorsportsacademy@leedsbeckett.ac.uk.


Coach Profile - Dale Bottomley

Dale Bottomley is the lead coach for American Football and oversees the American Sports Programme at Leeds Beckett.

Prior this role, Dale founded the Leeds Academy of American Football. The Academy has worked with over 30 primary and secondary schools in the region over the past two years and held numerous inter-school competitions.

In addition, he has worked to develop an American Football Leader's Award, delivers coaching course and was the 2015 British American Football Coach of the Year for the women's section of the sport.



Plus points

  • High quality outdoor facilities
  • Develops communication skills and encourages teamwork
  • Develops speed, agility and coordination
  • One of the fastest growing sports in the UK
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