Come to Britbowl

I’m not usually one to just copy and paste a press release, but hey, I already edited it once…

The kickoff times for BritBowl XXV (25) – the official championship weekend for the BAFA (British American Football Association) National Leagues – have been unveiled ahead of the season-ending showdown later this month.

BritBowl XXV (25) will see eight finals take place over the course of two hard-hitting, action-packed days at Crystal Palace National Sports Centre on Saturday September 24 and Sunday September 25. Here is the line-up for BritBowl XXV weekend:

Saturday September 24
11:30am – Gates open to the public
12 noon – Cadet Flag Final
1:00pm – Junior Flag Final
2:00pm – 14-17 year old Contact Final
3:00pm – Division 1 Final – Leicester Falcons v East Kilbride Pirates
6:30pm – Pre-Game show – The Urban Voodoo Machine
7:30pm – Premier Division Final

Sunday September 25
11:30am – Gates open to the public
12 noon – Junior Contact Final
3:00pm – Division 2 Final – South Wales Warriors v West Coast Trojans
6:00pm – Adult Flag Final

Single tickets cost £15 for adults, £10 for 14 to 18-year-olds and £6.00 for under 14s. Weekend packages for both days of gridiron action cost £25 for adults, £15 for 14 to 18-year-olds and £8.50 for under 14s. Tickets can be bought via Ticketmaster at http://www.ticketmaster.co.uk/Britbowl-tickets/artist/5003180 Tickets can also be bought on the day.

Event organiser DREW ANDERSON says: “We are busy finalising our plans for BritBowl XXV and think our event offers something for everybody in London. The hard-hitting action on the field will appeal to American football fans in the UK while there will also be plenty to keep the family entertained over the weekend. We are planning a special weekend on and off the field.”

The semi-finals for the elite Premier Division will take place on Sunday September 11 with top-ranked London foes on course to meet at BritBowl XXV. The London Blitz will host the Bristol Aztecs, while the London Warriors – featuring TV personality and NFL fan VERNON KAY among their squad – will take on the Tamworth Phoenix.

You can follow the build-up to BritBowl XXV via Twitter @BritBowlXXV or by going to Facebook and searching for BritBowlXXV.

If you have even a passing interest in American football then this is a great and cheap way to find out how the UK sport looks and works. I will be there, you may not see me, but I will be there and it would be great to see as many fans of the sport as possible.

Amateur Sports – BAFACL

I am now the news editor for the British American Football Association Community League website. This has led me to research all of the teams in the leagues at present. In 2010 we had 51 senior teams 25 youth teams and 16 junior teams. I would say of those about half have websites. Of those very very few have the dates for the 2011 season on their websites so far, the season kicks off in a month and as far as I know the schedule was sorted a month ago.

A lot of the websites seem not aimed at those who might come to watch them but at people who may want to take part. While this is fine due to the relatively low popularity of the British game I feel they are missing out on the opportunity to get more people interested by not having this basic information available. As an NFL fan my first thought may well be “oo I want to try being a quarterback” and so you search to find your nearest club. My personal next step would be, I want to watch them play to see what it is like. To do this I would need to know when the team is next playing and where to go. Having seen a game I might then go “this isn’t for me” or “I’d like to give this a go”. Not knowing when the games are taking place rather hampers this for me as it demands additional research and so on.

As the league owners I’m sure there is more BAFACL can do and I will be suggesting this in the coming weeks/months to the others working on the site but there is a lot that the teams should be doing to help encourage people to come and watch their games as well.

For the record of the sites I have currently spent a reasonable amount of time on the Sussex Thunder team website – which just happens to play its games in Horsham (my home town) – seems to be by far the best at displaying the relevant information. If you think your team’s site is better, let me know. If any teams want help/suggestions with their websites then also let me know.

If on the other hand you have found this blog post by searching for a team’s fixtures they can be found here (as of today)