Health and wellbeing

Funding level: Up to £1,000

Description

After a successful first season for the Adult Team under the new Head Coach, the Birmingham Bulls American Football Club are looking to invest significantly to bring back the Birmingham Bulls Junior American Football Team. The Clubs Junior Team Coaches and Players were previously seconded to another team within the region, but with the success and interest of new players at the club, the team are looking to re-add the Junior set up for 16 to 19 year olds.

The Birmingham Bulls American Football Club is the longest running amateur American Football Club in the UK. Founded in 1983 the club had great success in the 80's, 90's and at the start of the millennium, winning 4 national championships, 11 conference championships and 19 divisional titles.
During the clubs existence we have moved between locations and now play home games at Erin Go Bragh in Erdington, Birmingham.

With the growing number of NFL games held within the UK, participation levels within the sport are rising again. This years youth squad comprised of 24 players, while the adults squad currently has over 50 members.
The club relies on players subs to survive and all the coaches and committee members are volunteers. Senior players are expected to buy their own equipment but due to the high costs the club provides all the necessary kit for the Youth and Junior team players, otherwise there is no way they would get to experience this exciting sport that is growing at a phenomenal rate in the UK.

At the end of the 2016 season the senior team came close to folding, however a dedicated core of players and volunteers persevered and invested their time and money into the club and started the club back onto the path of rebuilding for the future. Last season the adult team reached the semi finals of the playoffs, played in Aberdeen, narrowly missing out on promotion by 2 points. It was the Adult teams best season for a decade and has helped to reinvigorate interest in the club.

The club is actively working with schools in the Birmingham inner city area to involve more youth players age 13 to 16 and without additional investment in playing kit (helmets and shoulder pads), additional players will not be able to participate fully.
Coaches from the club help to hold American Football taster days at schools within Birmingham and these events are always well received by the schools and pupils involved. It is looking highly likely that 2019 is going to be our best year for player recruitment, so we are desperate to both increase our stocks and replace the damaged items.
We bring together young men and women from across Birmingham (and often beyond), from a diverse range of backgrounds and ethnicities and create friendships that we hope last a lifetime, with skills and behaviours that are transferable outside of the sport.
The sport helps to install great discipline, develops their teamwork, communication skills and builds character into young players. They have to learn, understand and help to adapt their playbooks, manage their fitness and diet, as well as their academic responsibilities at the same time.

The club are looking to raise funds to purchase new training and gameday equipment for the Youth and Junior teams. The sport is high impact and we now have equipment that is nearing the end of its' recommended lifespan and needs to be replaced.
It costs the club approximately £250 to provide one youth/Junior player with a helmet and shoulder pads to play and train in and with squad of over 20 youth players the investment required to maintain or replace the equipment to a safe standard is substantial.
The funds raised would help the club to invest in new equipment allowing the club to reach a greater number of people within the community, helping people to become more active.
The funding will allow the club to remain sustainable, helping to provide consistent representation within the national leagues for the local community over the next 3 to 5 years.

Birmingham Bulls American Football Club

Moment of Pride

The Birmingham Bulls are the longest established American football team playing in the United Kingdom, having been founded in 1983. The Bulls field a Senior and Youth team and are one of the most successful teams in the UK, winning 4 British titles and reaching the playoffs 23 times.

Location: Holly Lane, Birmingham, United Kingdom