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Preston Panthers Rookie Camp Preston Panthers Rookie Camp Preston Panthers

Introducing the latest edition to the rapidly expanding Lancashire Academy of American Football: The Preston Panthers!

The newest side to The Lancashire Academy of American Football continues the tradition in raising youth talent in the British game with squads across the county across all ages in Burnley, Chorley, Standish and Blackburn.

With the increased interest in American Football in the UK, the Panthers have been formed initially as a 14-16 year old kitted team, allowing both boys and girls to get involved and enjoy the rapidly developing sport.

Led by one-time Coventry Jets player and now offensive line coach/player of the Lancashire Wolverines Chris Bradley, the Panthers are sure to have great leadership in training and match ups.

Speaking on his appointment Coach Bradley said: “I’m really looking forward to developing grass roots American Football in the Preston area.

We have a number of adult players in the area and the response we’ve had so far suggests the interest will be even greater at the younger age range. I will now be looking to put together a coaching staff and confirming training details in the next few weeks”.

Assisting Coach Bradley will be the experienced Programme Leader in Great Britain Lions’ youth coach, Simon Purcell. He said, “Our aim is to create a thriving Youth Kitted team to go compete against the existing teams within the Academy - the Chorley Buccaneers, the Burnley Tornados and the Standish Raiders. It is our hope that players from these teams will graduate to the Lancashire Wolverine Colts and then onto our adult team. The Academy aim is simple – to be the best American Football programme in the UK!”

With the British American Football Association (BAFA) backing them, following the Panthers’ successful application to the Kick-Start fund, the team will be provided with ten sets of equipment to establish the team.

The Preston Panthers will be eager to maintain the winning ways of the Academy’s teams and like the others will be counting on your support to roar them to victory!

The inaugural Preston Panthers Rookie Camp will take place on Saturday 6th August. Any boys and girls aged 14-16 who are interested in playing kitted American Football are invited to come along and join in this FREE introduction to the game.

Training will take place at Moor Park in Preston, from 11am-2pm. Anybody interested should email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to register their interest, and further details about the day will be passed on. We have experienced, CRB checked coaches who will run the day but the Panthers are always looking for more volunteers to help the club - if you are interested again please email us at the above address.You can follow the Preston Panthers on their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Preston-Panthers-American-Football-Team/167465283312726 or on Twitter (@PrestonPanther).

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