Swindon Storm, Wiltshire's amateur American Football club are recruiting for their upcoming summer campaign in the British National League of American Football.
The team has gone from strength to strength over the past 4 years and prepare for their 3rd competitive season battling teams from Bristol, Gloucester, Oxford and Bournemouth.
2014 has been a break-out year for the club, winning 6 out of 10 games and securing nearly £20,000 of Lottery funding.
The successful funding means the club can now offer anyone over the age of 11 the chance to play a game of "Flag" which is a simplified non-contact 5 a side version the sport. For ages 14 and over new players can try the full blooded helmets and shoulder pads version.
Storm Chairman Steve Bennett is especially excited about the new under 21's regional Junior Varsity league: "2015 will see us take part in the Bristol Academy Community League. The BACL fits right in with our programme as it gives young adults the chance to get 6 games under their belts before graduating into the senior team in April". The league is run by South Gloucestershire and Stroud College's ground breaking High School aged academy with its purpose built full size, all weather floodlit American Football pitch. Boasting NFL style goal posts and High School score board it gives the evening games an authentic "Friday Night Lights" feel.
Communications and IT experts Excalibur are also supporting the new Storm Junior Varsity team. The Swindon based firm will be contributing towards the programme as well as assisting the club with media marketing campaigns in the run up to the player trials in February 2015 and beyond.
Heres a promotional video for the 2015 BACL season
Potential new players for all ages group are invited down to the team's open try outs being held on Monday 2nd February at Redoaks campus, Isambard School, Swindon, SN25 2AN. Registration is from 1830 to 1930 and the last participants should be completed by 2200.
Players are asked to bring trainers for use in a sports hall and suitable sports clothing for training outside on sand based Astro-turf for 1 hour. There will be a charge of £5 per entry to cover costs.
The club is registered with Swindon borough council and BAFA, the national governing body for American Football in the UK. All members of staff are insured, qualified and DBS checked.