Academy star heads for Germany

Academy star Aaron Jackson is leaving the U.K. and jetting off to Europe after accepting an offer to play with the Lubeck Cougars in the German Football League.

Jackson, 19, has been a constant within the Academy since first joining back in 2015, and was approached by the Cougars after being selected to attend the Pro Football Hall of Fame Camp in Canton, Ohio. He will be joining both the Cougars U19 and senior programmes when he arrives in late March.

Jackson’s illustrious career with the Academy has seen plenty of silverware – awards include Rookie of the Year, Coaches Player of the Year, U17 and U19 Leader, and Overall Team MVP, alongside an undefeated season, Divisional Title, and 4th-placed National Finals finish.

“As soon as the Cougars contacted me, I knew this was an opportunity I couldn’t miss”, said Jackson. “The whole level of play goes up from there and I can’t wait to start my first international season with the Cougars U19 and seniors.”

As Jackson prepares for his latest challenge, he will always remember where it all began.

“The Essex Spartans Academy was definitely a great decision for me to start my career. I believe that if I had gone to another program, with other coaches and players, I wouldn’t be where I am today and I can’t thank every single Essex Spartans Academy coach that has pushed me in the right direction enough.

“Anyone that is thinking about playing American Football or even has the slightest interest in the sport should 110% come to the Essex Spartans. Come with the mind set to learn, develop and ball out every practice and good things will come to you.”

Academy Head Coach Steve Watson said, “From the moment Aaron joined the Academy, you could tell he was destined for great things. His enthusiasm, commitment, and dedication were immediately obvious, and his leadership qualities began to shine through as his fellow Spartans looked to him for inspiration and motivation.

“We are all incredibly proud of Aaron and the manner in which he has conducted himself throughout the entire process. We will all miss him greatly, but wish him every success with the Cougars, and beyond!”

Lubeck Head Coach Jamie Dale added, “When I first saw Aaron’s film, I was very impressed with Aaron’s abilities and skills, so  I contacted him asking what he was looking for and he was just looking for an opportunity to play at a higher level. Since he has visited we have just being making moves to make sure his transition to Lübeck is smooth and he can be the Football player he wants to be.”

Anyone interested in the Lubeck Cougars can find their website here.

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Good luck Aaron!