Our next Club in the Spotlight is the newly rebranded Sheffield Giants American Football Club, formerly known as the Sheffield Predators.
The club changed its name to the Giants after more than 2000 people voted from over 180 name suggestions last summer.
The contact side are currently in pre-season ahead of the new BAFA Premiership season, the highest level of club American football in the country.
With the new rebranding, the club are looking for new members across all disciplines and age groups, from Adult Contact, Flag, Student, Women and Youth levels, to add to the 120 members they have already established.
This truly is a new era for the club, and they are looking for new players to make it a fruitful one.
Club Welfare Officer Mike Webster spoke to us to explain a little bit more about the newly branded American football side.
What is the best thing about your club?
We cover both contact and non-contact flag football and are an inclusive, modern club working hard on developing American football in the South Yorkshire region. We’re the only club of our kind in Sheffield!
What are you most proud of at your club?
I’m proudest of our club listening to feedback from our players and the local community and changing our name and completely rebranding the club. It hasn’t been an easy process but I’m proud of how the club has handled it.
What type of person gets involved with your club?
Anyone! We have players from all different walks of life, and are a completely inclusive football club. From lifetime American football fans and players to people who have recently found an interest in the sport, we are a completely inclusive club who strive to create a positive environment for our players regardless of age, gender, sexuality, religion or ethnicity.
How do new members get involved?
Anyone is welcome to come down and try out playing for either our contact or flag teams. We’re always on the lookout for more players regardless of previous experience. More information on training and rookie days can be found on our Facebook page, and feel free to message us with any questions.
If there is one thing that you hope your members take from being a part of your club, what would it be?
A sense of pride in working together to achieve our goals, and in a group becoming more than the sum of its parts.
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