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American Football

It is a game for all shapes and sizes, with 20-stone blockers featuring in the same team as speedy pass catchers.

An Overview of American Football

American Football is a team sport where the objective is to score points by advancing the ball into the opposing team's end zone by running with it or throwing it to a teammate.

In American Football points are scored by carrying the ball over the opponent's goal line, catching a pass thrown over that goal line, kicking the ball through the opponent's goal posts or tackling an opposing ball carrier in his own end zone.

Benefits

  • Improve skills of all types, from physical technique and endurance to communication and analytical skills.
  • Development of explosive physical skills
  • Good team and social environment
  • Balance
  • Burns calories! The amount of calories you can burn depends on your weight, position and the amount of time you are in the game, but can be up to 500 calories an hour for lighter players and 900 calories an hour for heavier players.

Involvement

American football can be played at adult, university and junior levels, with the British American Football Association set to introduce a schools and colleges league. The British American Football Association lists all teams around Great Britain on their website - www.britishamericanfootball.org/find-a-club

Equipment

  • Helmet with a face guard
  • Neck Collar/Neck Roll
  • Jockstrap and Cup
  • Mouth Guard
  • Thigh, Hip and Knee Pads
  • Shoulder Pads
  • Gloves

Facts

  • The National Football League was formed in 1920 and was the principal league until the 1960s, when the rival American Football League became a legitimate competitor.
  • In 1966, the two leagues agreed to play a season-ending fixture to decide the best team in both competitions. This was the start of the Super Bowl. The leagues fully merged in 1970, creating the two "conference" NFL that is still in existence today.

Find American Football Activities Near You

Use the search below to find local activities near you.

National Governing Bodies

British American Football Association

Contact Name
General Enquires
Contact Email
human.resources@britishamericanfootball.org
Contact Telephone
07971 497792

Accelerate Coaching

Doncaster's premier personal training & sports performance business where everyone can 'train like an athlete' when led by our team of professionals.

Sheffield Hallam University

Sheffield Hallam is the best modern university in the north of England, as ranked by the 2015 Times Good University Guide. With regard to sport, we regularly achieve top 20 in BUCS rankings, and offer a range of volunteering, coaching and participation op

Sheffield Giants American Football

The Sheffield Giants American Football Club draws both male and female players, supporters & fans of the game from the age of 14 years and upwards in an area which covers Sheffield, Rotherham & North Derbyshire.

Sheffield Predators

Sheffield's only inclusive American Football club. U13, U17, women and adult flag football & youth and contact tackle football teams. All are welcome to join.

Leeds Academy Of American Football

Alongside our work in school across Yorkshire we also run a Saturday club (at the address given) aimed at giving young kids who may never have played the game before a chance to learn it and have fun in a safe non contact environment.

Leeds Beckett University

Carnegie Coach Education specialise in the organisation and delivery of sports coach education and development qualifications.

Yorkshire Rams

The Yorkshire Rams are one the UK's oldest American Football clubs

American Football

Yorkshire Rams American Football Team

Based in Middleton, south Leeds, the Rams have been representing Yorkshire in kitted American Football for 29 years. During that time they have established themselves as one of the leading forces in British Football in the North of England.

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