Swindon Storm In the Community

Half Term 2017

This half term we've been supporting local children's charities with our inflatable Fun Zone.

 

On Monday we kicked things off by entertaining Swindon Down's Syndrome Group. On Tuesday we had a brill time with CALM, the Swindon Children's Cancer And Leukaemia Movement. Wedneasday we had an open day for anyone who energy after their swim. Thursday we welcomed the harbour project who aid refugees and asylum seekers across Swindon. We finished the week with Rainbow Hospice who look after children who are terminally ill.

 

It has been wonderful to meet so many great children and we have been overwhelmed by their energy and enthusiasm. We really have had a great time.

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Swindon Storm hosts first meeting and training session of the 2016 season!

Swindon Storm American Football club are holding a "meet the team" presentation and training session at their new facility at Kingsdown school, Stratton St Margaret. Following the success of Swindon's 3 winter taster sessions, the senior team (ages 18+) are inviting all potential new players to attend the evening for free, meet the returning players and try out a few fun drills on the new astro-turf.

 

Chairman Steve Bennett will give a talk on what playing National League football is all about followed by new Head Coach Colin Branagh who will address the whole club for the first time. Coach Branagh will then be setting out his vision and setting his standards for the 2016 season.

 

Coach Branagh will be wiping the slate clean from Monday onwards, stressing that no playing positions will be guaranteed and commitment to training will be the key to achieving success.       


We will then take to the superb flood lit artificial field for a series of fun athletic challenges with a Gridiron twist!

The session is free to all participants. No prior registration is needed. New players can register on the night. Attendees will need suitable footwear and clothing for training outdoors. Metal studded boots are not allowed but rubber studs are ideal.

 

Chairman Steve Bennett is excited for the upcoming season. "Kingsdown School is a real step-change in quality for for us. It means we can hit the ground running from week 1 of the pre-season without worrying about flooding or waterlogged pitches. The soft all weather astro-turf will allow us to train at full speed and not take our foot off the gas at practice. Tackling was cited as a problem for the squad in 2015 and the poor surface at our old facility compounded this. Now's a great time to get involved. No experience is needed. As a team we pride ourselves on developing novices into complete players. Over 90% of our current roster started the sport with us".

 

Chairman Steve Bennett can be contacted for any enquiries. You can text or call him on 07883 096408. You can find out more by visiting www.swindonstorm.org

New Sponsorship!

 

Swindon Storm are pleased to announce a new partnership with leading communications company Excalibur!.

The Swindon based firm will be contributing towards our under 21s Junior Varsity programme as part of a new regional Community league against Bristol, Cardiff, Bath and Gloucester, as well as assisting us with media marketing campaigns in the run up to our player trials in February 2015 and beyond. 

Swindon Storm Sports Development

 Swindon Storm American Football club is pleased to announce our latest sports development grant worth £1127. The Storm are members of Swindon Borough Council's Sports Forum, a "gold standard" award for professionalism amongst the borough's volunteer sports clubs.

This has opened the door to several successful funding applications to the organisation over the past 5 years.

 

2014's grant will go towards accrediting the next generation of coaches as part of the club's coaching development programme. This project will invest in the most important element of our club which is our coaching staff. Without coaches our sport cannot function. 90% of our currently players or coaches never played the sport before their first session with us and need to be taught every skill from scratch. This funding will allow us to create 15 new coaches from complete novices.  Storm flag leaders were practicing their blocking and tackling skills yesterday in preparation for their level one coaching course next week! 

Five more Level One Coaches!

Five more flag leaders achieved their level one coaching qualification FOR FREE this weekend. We're recruiting volunteers for our coaching development programme right now! No experience needed! Click Below to Contact us!

The Storm build on our strong relationships with the local media and council!

Scam Alert!

There has been a worrying trend in the past few weeks of SCAMMERS pretending to be UK American Football teams in order to extort money from US players. Swindon Storm American Football Team is an amateur club, and will never pay a player. If you see anything like the fake contract below please email admin@swindonstorm.org.uk

Swindon Storm 26-13 Solent Thrashers

Swindon Storm Hosted League leaders Solent Thrashers on Sunday with high hopes of a huge upset!

The Storm started the match in superb style holding the thrashers offence inside the first 4 downs. Confidence was high when storm Wide Reciever Joel Prowting Caught a fantastic Daniel Thorne pass to score the first TD of the game!

Solent came back at the storm in the first half with two TD'S of their own to take a narrow 14-13 lead at half time, after a fantastic Curtis Malcolm TD closed the gap.

The second half was just as close as the first but in the end solents expericance and bigger squad made Storm pay in the swindon heat. Final score Swindon Storm 13-26 Solent Thrashers.

Read all about our game against the league leaders Solent in today's Swindon Advertiser!

 

Swindon Storm 47 - 40 Bournemouth Bobcats

Swindon Storm's match against Bournemouth Bobcats turned into a shootout on Sunday as these two teams played out one of the games of the year!

 

Swindon Ladies Attend First Ever Training Session!

19/07/2014

Swindon Storm are proud to announce the completion of our first ever Ladies Flag Football training session! 10 Ladies Braved the unpredictable weather and the session was a Huge success! It is not to late to join ladies , with training every Saturday at 10.30 am! For more information and to sign up for our FREE sessions please click below and fill out the "contact us " Form!

Swindon Storm Expanding!

Swindon Storm hosted a weekend football experience at Stanley Park sports ground in Chippenham in pursuit of spreading the game across Wiltshire.

 

Farnham Knights 26 -19 Swindon Storm

After Farnham running out 55-6 winners on Gameday 1 the knights hosted Storm in what was a much closer affair! Click below for the Match Report!

Swindon Storm 52-12 Cornish Sharks.

Swindon Strom continued their impressive home form with a Cumfortable 52-12 home win. With a tight first half the storm came out all guns blazing in 3rd Qtr. To read the full match report please click below!

Time for the next generation of players!

04/07/2014

Now's the chance to get playing American Football!

Flag Football is an easy to learn, fast paced five on five version of the sport. No experience is necessary and all equipment will be supplied.

 

Play for local your team:

The Western Tornadoes are based at Wootton Bassett RFC

 

The Central Cyclones are based at Swindon RFC

 

Each team will have 5 FREE training sessions finishing with an exhibition game at Supermarine RFC on Sunday 20th July.

Western Tornadoes and the Central Cyclones attend their first ever training session!

19.06.14

Last night swindon Storm Launched our First Junior Flag American football teams! Central Cyclones and the Western Tornados! More information , pictures and news coming  soon!

FULL TIME RESULT! Swindon Storm 17-12 Bristol Apache

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May bank holiday weekend saw a divisional derby match as Swindon Storm hosted Bristol Apache in this explosive affair.

Last year Bristol overcame Swindon but that outcome was not to be repeated this time.

Swindon started strong as the defence stopped Bristol in 3 downs and Defensive End Lee Hutton managed to block the punt giving Swindon excellent field position.

Apache were equally stingy on defence and managed to stop Storm from getting into the endzone but this just brought out the special teams.

It may not have been pretty but kicker Sam Mendoza managed to bounce the ball onto the post and over giving Swindon a 3 point lead.

The game carried on with both defences on form until a failed punt by Swindon left the ball inside their own 5 yard line.

It looked like Bristol would get points on the board here but Swindon had other ideas with an impressive stop by the defence.

Both teams battled it out in this fashion until half time, Swindon looked the better team but couldn't capitalise on excellent field position.

Bristol got the edge as the second half kicked off, Swindon looked half asleep as Apache forced the ball into Swindon's endzone early on in the 3rd quarter leaving the score at 6-3.

Swindon's defence may have drifted off for a drive but their offence had other ideas. Dan Thorne began leading the team downfield before Phil Bardwell took over as the Quarterback and punched the ball into the Apache Endzone.

Sam Mendoza got the extra point as Swindon made the score 10-6. The match definitely heated up from this point as both teams looked for the win, Apache drew next blood with a huge run that caught Swindon off guard, once again they failed to get the extra points on board.

With the 2 minute warning approaching Swindon kept driving downfield until Dan Thorne managed to connect with a wide open Matthew Jenkins who ran the ball into the endzone.

Once again Sam Mendoza's kick was good, Storm lead the game by 17-12. Swindon then finished off the victory foricng Apache to go 4 and out which then allowed Storms offence to run the clock down.

 

The final score was Swindon Storm 17, Bristol Apache 12. Swindon are next in action against newcomers Portsmouth Dreadnaughts in two weeks time.

 

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FULL TIME RESULT Gloucester Centurions 21- 14 Swindon Storm

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Swindon Stom run out narrow losers away at Gloucester Centurions.

In a pulsating game swindon found themselves 14-0 down at HT before rallying back to tie the game 14-14 in the 3rd Quater.

Unfortunatly the centurions scored a 3rd touchdown that eventually won the game.

Swindon thought they had scored a Touchdown in the 4th Quarter but unfotunatly a debatable flag for holding put a stop to swindon's drive for the win.

Swindon gave themselves a chance to win with 5 minutes left on the clock by quickly shutting out and forcing the centurions to punt back just before the 2 minute warning.

Swindon quickly made their way up field but unfortunally just ran out of time 30 yards out!

 

Full match report coming soon!

 

Flag Leaders Award

Our first flag leaders award was a great success with 14 new flag leaders!. Don't miss out on the next course with places sure to run out fast! Please click the Arrow below , and fill out the "Contact Us " form to register your interest for the next flag leaders award!

Portsmouth Dreadnaughts 12- 39 Swindon Storm

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Swindon Storm romp to a easy win against the impoving portsmouth Dreadnaughts!

From strength to strength!

20th May 2014

Read about our latest developments in the swindon Advertiser!

Inside The Storm Week 2 Part 2

17 May 2014

Earlia this week we Featured #77 Sam Mendoza! Now its time for part 2 and #14 Sean Harper! This Sunday both players return to their Home Town when Swindon Storm travel to Portsmouth For Gameday 3 Against the Dreadnoughts.

 

Please click below for Questions vs Sean!

Exciting News!

17 May 2014

NOW FREE!

 

Achieve an entry level coaching qualification in American Football for FREE!  To make the most of this fantastic offer please click the button below and fill out the "contact us" form!

Inside The Storm Week 2 Part 1

14 May 2014

#77 Sam Mendoza and #14 Sean Harper this Sunday return to their Home Town when Swindon Storm travel to Portsmouth For Gameday 3 Against the Dreadnoughts. As game day approaches we put those all important questions to both players! First up Sam Mendoza!

Inside The Storm Week 1

06 May 2014

We Catch up with match winning TD scorer #26 Matt Jenkins For the first of our new weekly Q&A session "Inside the storm"

Coach Bennett happy as Storm win to get back on track

06 May 2014

STEVE Bennett praised the attitude of his Swindon Storm players as they twice came from behind to beat Bristol Apache 17-12 at Supermarine on Sunday.

Going from strength to strength!

04 May 2014

Swindon Storm are proud to announce that today we've been awarded almost £10,000 by Sport England for club development! This is as well as £4500 from Wiltshire council and £750 from Swindon council to develop the sport in Wiltshire. Stay tuned for more exciting announcements coming soon!

Technical Storm looking to make big strides!

04 May 2014

SWINDON Storm have enlisted the help of technology as they bid to make the post-season in only their second competitive campaign. To read all about it please click below!

MATCH RESULT!

sunday 13th April

SWINDON STORM   6  -  55   Farnham Knights

 

For the match report please click  below!

MATCH RESULT!

sunday 30th March

SWINDON STORM 19-8 BURY ST EDMUNDS


Swindon Storm prepared for the start of the new season with a well earned pre-season win against Bury ST.Edmunds. For the Match report please click below.

THE ROOKIE: Scott Still

March 11.2014

Our latest rookie blog entry for the Swindon Advertiser. Please click below to read all about it!

Storm Sponsored stair climb!

March 04 . 2014

Swindon Storm are proud to announce that we will be undertaking a sponsored stair climb. Any fundraising generated will be split 50/50 with half going to Sports relief and half towards the club. The climb will be held at the County ground Swindon on Sunday the 6th of April. For more information on sports relief please click the link below.

THE ROOKIE: Swindon Storm player Gordon Basley's new blog

March 04 . 2014

Swindon Storm Rookie Gordon Basley's NEW Blog in todays Grass Roots of The Evening Advertiser...

Rookies making headlines!

Febuary 24 . 2014

There was a nice piece on the new additions to the Storm this week in our local newspaper the Swindon Advertiser. To find out all about it please click the image below.

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