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Warwick Wolverines to host first ever women’s American Football match in UK

This Sunday will see the first ever women’s American Football match to be staged in the UK take place at the University of Warwick.

Last month nine sporty students from the University came together to set up the UK’s first ever women’s American Football team and now they are challenging their counterparts at Coventry University.

The two pioneering teams will battle it out on the Tarkett sports pitch in the Westwood campus at Warwick Sunday afternoon, kicking-off at 12.30pm.

Coventry Jets Academy and Plymouth Pirates have thrown their weight behind the event and will be fielding mixed and men’s teams in unofficial matches against the two new teams.

Phil Gaydon, one of the Warwick Wolverines coaches, said: “This event is a really exciting prospect and one we are proud to be hosting at Warwick.

“The sports department have been really supportive of the Warwick Wolverines and we hope to do the whole University proud when we take to the field in this pioneering women’s American Football match.”

Andrew Gambrill, who helped organise both the Warwick Wolverines and the Coventry University sides, added: “I'm immensely proud of the job my coaching staff have done. Taking complete novices and turning them into teams that will put on excellent games.

“But the real praise has to go to the girls who have embraced the challenge and worked so very hard."

The match is being officially recognised by the British Universities American Football League (BUFAL), with all participants receiving a commemorative medal at the end of play.

Andy Fuller, head of BUAFL commented: "This will be a landmark game in British university football and the launch pad for the further development of our sport across the education sector. The British American Football Association has been impressed with the efforts which have gone into reaching this milestone and would like to thank all the players and coaches involved."

Sports fans are encouraged to come along and watch the action for free on Sunday. Anyone interesting in the competition should park in Car Park 12, on Kirby Corner Road.

Notes to Editors

For more information contact Luke Hamer, Assistant Press Officer, University of Warwick, on 02476 575601, or on 07824 541142. Alternatively email l.hamer@warwick.ac.uk

PR28 15th March 2011