Academy U17’s take Division crown

Essex Spartans American Football team youngsters have taken the BAFA Outer London East Conference title with three games remaining.

The Under-17 team of the Thurrock-based Spartans Academy play teams from Colchester, Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire in 5v5 tournament format.

The Spartans have won all nine of their league games so far, guaranteeing them a place in the coveted BritBowl championship later this year.

Academy Head Coach Steve Watson said, “It’s a great achievement to take the Division title and a place at the national finals.

“A fantastic job has been done by all our players, and our coaches, to make this happen.”

As ever the Spartans were followed to Bedfordshire by an army of supporters and parents.

“A massive thank you is due to all the fans whom have travelled with us to all our tournaments, and were with us at this one to cheer the team on,” said Watson. “It makes a huge difference to the boys.”

The Under-17 season concludes with a final fourth tournament held at the Spartans senior home ground of Thurrock Rugby Club, Grays on 23rd July, followed by the BritBowl finals in September.

No time for a rest though, says the Head Coach.

“We want to finish the season undefeated,” he said.

“We now need to focus on working hard for that home tournament to make it happen.”

The Spartans Academy accept boys and girls aged 14-19 for American Football training and competitive games. Anyone looking to get involved should email stating their age.