Nine sporty students from the University of Warwick have come together to set up the UK’s first ever women’s American Football team.
The Warwick Wolverines are the first team to sign up to the British University American Football League’s (BUAFL) new “Women’s 5 on 5” initiative, which aims to get more women involved in a non-contact version of the popular sport.
And the new team took to the field for the first time earlier this month when they pitted with wits against the men’s team, Warwick Wolves, losing the match 24-6 – putting in a good performance with only a few weeks training under their belt.
The Warwick Wolverines are being backed by one of the leading American Football clubs in the country, the Coventry Jets Academy - who are helping coach the team.
Gemma Morris, Warwick Sport Manager, said: “It is fantastic that Warwick is leading the way in the “Women’s 5 on 5” initiative and credit should be given to all the students who have been involved in setting up the women’s team.
“Hopefully the interest and support will continue to grow here at Warwick as well as across the country for this exciting development in the sport.”
Head of Women’s Football for BUAFL Dr Elesa Argent said it was a dream come true to see the women’s league taking shape.
“Warwick have staked a place in history, and they will, no doubt, provide inspiration to other talented athletes who want to get involved. We have a long term vision of supporting both women’s flag and tackle.”
BUFAL Director Andy Fuller said: “The team at Warwick have been at the forefront of the league’s initiative. Given the pedigree of the university, the commitment of the girls and the quality of the coaching staff I have no doubt they will emerge as a benchmark of the programme in Great Britain.”
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