Preparation for the upcoming season couldn’t be going much better for the Solent Seahawks American football Academy. As well as the usual influx of new players that are beginning to gel into 2018’s Seahawks teams, the club was recently awarded a National Lottery grant by Sport England for £10,000.
Without a corporate sponsorship deal that so many other clubs benefit from, the Seahawks are almost entirely self-funded through player subscriptions and the occasional kind gesture from local businesses. To start the year with the news that the Sport England grant application had been successful was just the shot in the arm the club needed. The club intends to use the funds to replenish their stock of helmets and shoulder pads, as well as new footballs and game day uniforms. As the club provides all of the necessary (and often quite expensive) equipment to play the game, players will now benefit from brand new protective equipment.
The Seahawks – who offer American football for anyone aged between 7 and 19 – are coming off of their most successful season ever being crowned Southern Trophy Champions in 2017 at the under 19 level and ranked in the top six sides in the country, while the under 17 team finished as National Plate runners-up, with a ranking of 10th in the UK.
Having the ability to purchase new equipment for the upcoming season means that the club can
continue to recruit and add new talent to the three teams that play in the national leagues – cadets
(aged 7-12), Under 17’s (13-16) and Under 19’s (16-19).
Potential players (and parents) can often be discouraged from playing American football due to the
perceived cost of purchasing the required equipment. The Seahawks can – and do – supply just about
everything necessary, so no expensive outlay for mum and dad if it does turn out to be a ‘passing
craze’ for the player.
Anyone wishing to play for the Seahawks, or interested in giving the sport a try, should contact the
club through their website or by leaving a message for the club on the Solent Seahawks Facebook, Twitter or Instagram accounts.