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Academy reveal new jerseys for National Finals and beyond

The Essex Spartans Academy are proud to unveil the new jerseys that will be worn by both U17 and U19 teams.

The new jerseys, made by Champro, feature a teal body, in a throwback to the original jerseys worn by the first Spartans team in 1999. The Spartans current colours of black and gold are retained within the jersey sleeves and numbers. The team name features across the back, with the initials ESA on the front.

Our Tony Palmer Memorial shield also features on the jerseys left shoulder.

The jerseys will make their competitive debut when the Essex Spartans Academy take part in this years U17 National Championships after winning the Outer London East Division.

The National Championship, or BritBowl, will be held at Sheffield Hallam Sports Park, part of the University, on Saturday, September 3rd. The event will begin at 3pm, and will take place in the form of a knock-out competition. The winner of each game will proceed to the next round, while the losers will play seeding games to finalise the 8 spots at days end.

As the #3 seed, the Spartans will open against the #6 seed - the South-East Champions, and our old foes, Kent Exiles!

Sending our Academy to Sheffield is going to be expensive, and we are asking for any individuals or companies who would be able to help us in our mission to donate via our GoFundMe page, which can be found here.

We thank anyone who is generous enough to donate, and to play their part in an historic day for the Essex Spartans organisation!

Seniors end 2016 campaign with defeat

The Spartans senior team put their 2016 season firmly in the rear-view mirror with defeat against the Division Champions London Hornets.

You can read the full match report here.

Academy continue to improve on and off the field

This Sunday, the Essex Spartans Academy continued their preparations for the final home tournament of the year by welcoming a strength and conditioning coach, and receiving some fantastic news from a local Trust.

The young men of the Academy were put through their paces by fitness guru Michael Wayans, from TeamFitness. Michael is vastly experienced in the sport, having played at univesrity here in the UK and also staring as a walk-on at Oklahoma Sooners in the United States. Under his guidance, the players were put through a football-specific 45-minute session following one simple mantra - Together Everyone Achieves More.

To find out more about Michael and the excellent team at TeamFitness, click here.

The Academy were also visited by members of the Grays Public Purposes & Recreational Trust, following an application by Academy Coach Gary Warren for funding to purchase much-needed equipment to sustain the Academy's high level of growth. The Academy were delighted to be presented with a cheque for £900 – which will go a long way towards enabling more young men and women from Thurrock and Essex are able to take part in our game.

The Academy are always recruting new players, and anyone aged 14 and over interested in playing for the Spartans should email us for details.


The Essex Spartans Under-17 team are 2016 Outer London East Division Champions!

The young Spartans ended their third tournament of the year with 9 victories from 9 games, and with Bedfordshire slipping to an upset defeat against Hertfordshire, the Spartans were crowned Divisional Champions!

The full story of this magnificent achievement can be found here, and the full report of the third tournament can be found here.

Anyone aged 14 and over interested in playing for the Spartans should email us for details.

We are recruiting!

The Essex Spartans have several exciting volunteering opportunities for the 2016/17 season and encourage all those interested to apply.

Volunteering with the Essex Spartans provides excellent CV-enhancing skills, an opportunity to meet new people and be more involved with a team and a sport that so many of us love.

Join us today! Email us to register your interest or receive a detailed role profile.

CHAIRMAN - Leading the committee, representing the club at the highest level, chairing regular meetings.

SECRETARY - Organisation-wide administration, registering players, monitoring of email inboxes, minute-taking at meetings.

GAME DAY MANAGER - Liaison with home venue and opposition teams, organisation of match days, on-the-day availability and support.

WELFARE OFFICER (note: successful candidate subject to DBS clearance) - Organisation-wide responsibility for the welfare of all staff and players in line with Essex Spartans and Clubmark Welfare Policy.

Clubmark Success!

The Essex Spartans are proud to announce that the organisation has received Clubmark accreditation from Sport England.

The Spartan organisation has been working towards accreditation for over two years with support from the staff at Active Essex.

Accreditation is based on four main areas of criteria: suitability of training and activity programmes including the provision of qualified coaching staff; duty of care and welfare; knowing your club and community; and club management.

Achievement of Clubmark accreditation shows that a club provides the right environment which ensures the welfare of members and encourages everyone to enjoy sport and stay involved throughout their lives.

An accredited club is recognised as a safe, rewarding and fulfilling place for participants of all ages as well as helping parents and carers know that they're choosing the right club for their young people.

Chairman Ray Towey said, “We are very proud to receive Clubmark accreditation.

“Working towards accreditation has benefitted us greatly as we have used the criteria to help us build a strong and robust organisation.

“It’s another significant step in our progress and we will now not just maintain but improve upon these standards that we have set ourselves.”

2015 saw the Spartans continue to improve on the field, with the U17 Academy team finishing 8-3-1, securing the organisations first playoff spot and victory since 1999, the U19 Academy team enjoying their first victories in team history to finish 2-4, and the seniors battling hard to finish 3-6-1. All three teams are looking forward to an active recruitment drive throughout the winter months.

If you are interested in joining South Essex’s only Clubmark-accredited American Football club, contact us for further information.

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  • Essex Spartans 14 - 18 London Blitz B


    The Spartans opened their 2016 campaign with a heartbreaking loss to the London Blitz B

    Full Report

  • Essex Spartans 9 - 48 London Hornets


    The Spartans fell heavily to the London Hornets in their second game of 2016

    Full Report

  • Essex Spartans 12 - 32 Wembley Stallions


    Essex blues continued for the Spartans as they dropped to 0-3 with a loss to the visiting Wembley Stallions.

    Full Report | Multimedia

  • Essex Spartans 12 - 14 Cambridgeshire Cats


    The Spartans slipped to another defeat, going down to the Cambridgeshire Cats 12-14.

  • Essex Spartans 10 - 20 Wembley Stallions


    The Spartans played tough, but slipped to defeat against the Division-leading Wembley Stallions.

  • Essex Spartans 3 - 24 Cambridgeshire Cats


    Heartbreak continued for the Essex Spartans on Sunday as they went 0-6 at a feisty Cambridgeshire Cats side.

    Full Report

  • Essex Spartans 27 - 6 Ipswich Cardinals


    It was a case of better late than never for the Essex Spartans on Sunday as they took their first win of the season over the Ipswich Cardinals.

    Full Report

  • Essex Spartans 8 - 21 London Blitz B


    The Spartans slipped to another home defeat, this time at the hands of London Blitz B, 8-21.

  • Essex Spartans 23 - 7 Ipswich Cardinals


    The Spartans finished a perfect day of football with their second win of the season, 23-7 over the winless cardinals

    Full Report | Multimedia

  • Essex Spartans 18 - 27 London Hornets


    The Spartans ended their 2016 season with their annual Wear It Pink game for Breast Cancer Awareness against London Hornets

    Full Report | Multimedia

Tony Palmer

It is with great sadness and regret that we report the death of our founding father and chairman for more than 20 years, Tony Palmer. He passed away on 15th October 2014.

Tony did not just found the team; he was the lifeblood of the club for 25 seasons and his commitment, dedication, work rate and love of the team was second to none. Not only did Tony dedicate 25 years of his life to Essex football, he also was involved in many other projects and events during his time in the sport including the North/South All Star games, and volunteering at Britbowl amongst others.

Tony was truly a special man and a real unique character, known and respected throughout British American football. I know there are many people who have benefitted greatly from his experience, wisdom and sense of humour over the years.

Tony is survived by his devoted wife Sue, who also did an enormous amount of work for the club; his daughter Donna, son-in-law Aaron (a former Spartan player) and a beloved granddaughter and grandson.

Our players and staff extend their condolences to all of Tony’s family and friends, and wish them peace at this difficult time.

He will be greatly missed.

RIP Tony.

Academy Training

Gateway Academy

Sunday, August 28th

Classrom session: 10:00am

On-field: 11:00am - 1:30pm

Arrive early for kit allocation

Essex Spartans 2016 AGM

Thurrock RFC

Wednesday, September 7th


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