Earlier this season the popular Britball Facebook page, UK Gridiron Memes shared a range of allegations calling out the GB Lions Women’s programme.
On Monday evening the British American Football Association announced it had completed its investigation into the allegations made:
As DC shared at the time, the review included BAFA attending GB Lions camps as they prepared for their highly successful trip to the Women’s World Championships in Langley, Canada – where they emerged as the top women’s American Football outfit outside North America.
It’s believed BAFA worked alongside external partners and consulted with legal advisers to interview both players and coaches from within the programme.
As noted in their statement the review found ‘no evidence of wrongdoing or malpractice among any staff on the programme’.
Alongside this statement it is understood by DC that the GB Lions players themselves have been given leave to finally comment publicly on the matter – as displayed by a torrent of comments on the BAFA statement voicing their support of the GB Lions programme, the coaching staff, and claiming the findings vindicate what they feel is one of the most successful and progressive components of our Britball community.
Of course, praise for this conclusion from the NGB has been far from universal with UKGM themselves outspokenly outraged by the situation:
In comments that appear to have since been deleted from BAFA’s statement post, UKGM accuse BAFA of making a ‘coordinated effort to influence social momentum’ and ‘arranging for GB Women to comment’.
As expected, this stance has not been a popular one with the women from inside the GB programme, insulted by the insinuation those inside the programme are not capable of sticking up for themselves or have in some way been ‘brainwashed’ by the Lions programme.
The comments section on UKGM’s post certainly make for interesting reading, and fears are this unfortunate situation for the sport in general may yet have some mileage left in it with UKGM claiming the information they originally released was only a fraction of the potentially scandalous information they have received in the wake of sharing the original allegations.
DC will of course keep the Nation up to date with any further developments in this situation, and as ever urge patience and understanding from the community on this very emotive subject.