“In the city of Sparta, the young Spartan’s would be trained with battle as their primary purpose in life, trained to be ready for any war or fight. When the young Spartans reached twelve, their training would be increased dramatically with more discipline and training introduced. Extra work and tasks were often delegated to the young Spartans of this age. Later when they had matured at age twenty, they were considered by the state to be full warriors and deemed ready to join the Spartan army”

Are you aged between 13 and 19? Do you have a desire to be the next NFL star, or just want to try out something new? If so, why not join the Essex Spartans Academy? We are building the foundations for our youth and junior teams and we want you to help us! At the Spartans, we consider ourselves to be an inclusive club with a family atmosphere and younger players have the same pride in the club as senior players. When you join, you will soon learn what it means to be a Spartan and forge strong relationships with your Spartan brothers!

The two formats we compete in are 5-on-5 full contact for under-16’s, and 7-on-7 full contact for under-19’s. We participate in League play at both levels.

YOUTH – 5-on-5 full contact

This format is for those aged 13-16 and is played on a smaller pitch with 5 players per team. It’s a fast paced version of the game where the hits are just as big!

JUNIOR – 7-on-7 full contact

This format of the game is for those aged 16-19. It’s almost identical to the 5-on-5 format but played on a larger pitch and with more linemen.

How much does it cost?

Annual registration with the British American Football Association is currently £15. Additionally, there is an annual subscription of £140 to be paid to the Spartans which is paid online using our WebCollect system (details here).

How can I get involved?

Come down to a training session! Before you attend your first session, please make sure you complete our online insurance waiver form, which can be found here. This form must be completed, and signed with parental consent, and covers you for your first three sessions with the team. The form MUST be completed online prior to attending. These first three seasons are COMPLETELY FREE, and are aimed towards allowing you to get a feel for our sport, and us as an organisation, before you decided to sign up!

During the current national restrictions, we also require all players to complete a COVID waiver form and register for a space at a training session – spaces are limited, so don’t miss out! Book your spot today by completing the form here – you’ll need to book a space each week!

What do I need to provide?

For your first session, you’ll need to bring a gumshield, a completed form, a gumshield, plenty of water, a gumshield, clothing suitable for exercising outdoors, a gumshield, footwear suitable for either astrotruf or grass, and, did we mention a gumshield?

We provide you with a helmet, shoulder pads, and training jersey, and we will provide you with details of any additional equipment you’ll need to purchase yourself should you decide to sign up with the Academy.

Sounds great – when can I come down?

We hold training for both teams on Sundays at Thames RFC. At this time, both teams will train from 10:00am until 12:30pm – we’d advise ensuring you arrive early! Check our main page, under the “Coming Events” section, for full details and to see when our next session is.

I’ve completed my first three sessions, how do I register with the League?

Once you have completed your first three sessions and have decided to continue, you must register with the BAFA League. You can do so by clicking here.

In order to register, you will need;

  • A passport-style photograph
  • A form of identification that clearly displays your date of birth (passport, birth certificate)
  • A proof of residence for the person paying your League registration fee (utility bill, bank statement)

Helpful guides have been created by the League – you can find a guide for creating a new registration, and for renewing your existing membership.

Also, please don’t forget to register with WebCollect to complete the player information forms and pay your subs here.

I have some questions I’d like to ask before I come down?

If you have any questions, feel free to complete the contact form. Come on down and be part of something big!

We’re also looking for volunteers to help out at the Academy – ever fancied your hand at coaching, or do you have another skill or talent you think would be of use? Please contact us and get involved!

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