19 June 2012
American Football in FE Colleges
British Colleges Sport and the British American Football
Association (BAFA) are pleased to announce that the two
organisations will be working together with a view to the creation
of an American football competition and development programme
across the Further Education sector.
"We are delighted to be working the British
American Football Association" said John Hole, Chief Executive of
British Colleges Sport. "The
sport is continuing to grow in popularity across Great Britain and
we are seeing an increasing number of enquiries from our members
regarding the potential of its development for the college
"We look forward to establishing a
development plan for the sustainable growth of the sport across the
Andy Fuller, Director for
Student Football at BAFA welcomed the partnership.
"Today's announcement is another landmark in
the development of American football in Great Britain. British
Colleges Sport and its partners have a strong track record in
co-ordinating and delivering high quality sporting opportunities
across colleges and our close working relationship will serve to
ensure that we are able to effectively map how best to design and
deliver a support structure for the sector."
In the coming weeks the two organisations will launch an online
registry of interest for colleges, enabling both BCS and BAFA to
build a picture of interest which will underpin a series of
development interventions. This work will be facilitated by IFAF,
the global Governing Body for American Football.
"We are pleased to be able to support BAFA's
work in this area and look forward to including the expertise which
IFAF has in the development plans for college football."
commented IFAF Managing Director
Gary Marshall, the BAFA Chairman
thanked IFAF for their support. "We are grateful for the work which IFAF have
undertaken to help lay the platform for the development of our
sport across British colleges. Their commitment, alongside that of
our new partners at British Colleges Sport, should give people real
confidence that we can build and deliver a plan which will meet the
needs of the college community."
For further enquires please contact:
John Hole, CEO of British Colleges Sport c/o Simone Rooks: firstname.lastname@example.org
Andy Fuller, BAFA Director for Student Football: email@example.com