What’s it all about?
American football is a fast moving impact sport, which started seriously in the UK in 1983. British American football has enjoyed an established competitive league since 1986.
The basic premise of the game is that the attacking team has 4 attempts to move the ball a minimum of 10 yards; if they achieve that they get to start again with 4 more attempts, but if they fail the opposition takes possession of the ball.
If the offence falls short of making 10 yards on their 3rd attempt they will often kick (punt) the ball to the opposition to better their field position.
On the other side the teams defence has to be extremely aggressive in order to stop the offence from making such a small distance on each down and they also have to react quickly to either a run or pass play.
There are two types of American football you can play in Great Britain (contact and non-contact). Contact is the term for the version of the sport where protective wear (helmets and pads) is worn – otherwise known as tackle or kitted. Non-contact is the term for the version of the sport called ‘flag’ or flag football.
Flag football is available from age 7 to adult and is fully inclusive. Contact football is available from age 12 and is also fully inclusive.
As well as the full contact version of the game it is also possible to play a non-contact version called flag football.
Kent School American Football (KSAFL) was founded in 2009, the KSAFL works with the SSCO network in Kent to provide activities from taster sessions to after school clubs for youths aged 7 to 18 in flag football.
In Kent there are three clubs that offer the sport at all age ranges and compete in the national league and there are also the universities at Canterbury.
East Kent Mavericks (Canterbury) – Founded in 2007 the Mavericks currently compete in the BAFL at both the senior (over 18) and youth (under 18) levels. http://www.ekmavericks.co.uk/
Maidstone Pumas – The Pumas currently compete in the BAFL at both the senior (over 18) and youth (under 18) levels.
Kent Exiles (Orpington) – Founded in 1991 the Exiles currently compete in the BAFL at both the senior (over 18) and youth (under 18) levels. http://www.kentexiles.co.uk/
British American Football Association http://www.britishamericanfootball.org/
University of Kent and Canterbury Falcons