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The Essex Spartans were founded in 1985 and aim to provide a safe, fun, and competitive environment for all to take part in our exciting and fast-paced sport. With fully-qualified coaches across all levels, committed backroom staff, and a motivated and forward-thinking committee, we aim to continuously improve whilst always ensuring we are an inclusive organisation with a focus on a family mentality.
SENIORS HEAD FOR EUROPE
The Essex Spartans senior team are travelling to Denmark in March to face the Amager Demons.
Arranged as a friendly pre-season fixture between Spartans Head Coach Sean Benton and Danish boss Dennis Svensson, the game will be played on Saturday 24th March at the Demons’ home ground Tårnby Stadion, just outside Copenhagen.
Benton said: “We are really excited about travelling to Copenhagen to take on the Amager Demons.
“It’s a great opportunity to test ourselves against European opposition and it promises to be a challenging and fun weekend. I would like to thank Demons HC Dennis Svensson for the invite, we are very much looking the game and it will be an ideal lead in to the 2018 season.”
It will be the first time the Essex Spartans have played abroad since the 1998 exhibition game in France against the Spartiates Amiens, from which the two parent organisations Basildon Chiefs and Redbridge Fire took the name ‘Spartans’ to form the Essex team that exists today.
The Demons were founded in 2002 and currently play in the Nationalligaen as part of the Danish American Football Federation (DAFF).
The Essex Spartans will also play a closed pre-season scrimmage against a local UK team two weeks prior to flying out to Amager, before their competitive season as part of the South Division Two league begins in April.
SENIOR OPPONENTS ANNOUNCED
The British American Football Association have confirmed the lineup of the SFC East Division 2 conference. Familiar foes London Blitz B and Ipswich Cardinals will feature in the fixtures, along with last year’s newest team Benfleet-based East Essex Sabres. Newcomers to the division include the freshly-reformed Norwich Devils and Maidstone Pumas.
Former opponents Wembley Stallions glided into Division 1 with a 10-0 record last season, and are joined by East Kent Mavericks whom were also promoted.
Senior Head Coach Sean Benton said: “We are very much looking forward to the 2018 season, and renewing rivalries against divisional opponents from last year as well welcoming back two teams whom we have played many times in the past, in Maidstone and Norwich.”
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.