The British American Football Association has been announced as the School Games National Governing Body of the Year.
The award follows the appointment of Rob Rooksby as BAFA’s full time schools coordinator, the first paid appointment from our NGB aimed at growing the game.
The British American Football Association has won the prestigious award for School Games National Governing Body of the Year for 2017.
Congratulating BAFA, Alistair Kirkwood, managing director of NFLUK, said:
‘They deserve this award for making such a big impression in such a short period of time. This is a stellar example of how well grassroots American football is growing in the UK.’
The School Games is a £280 million funded sport and exercise initiative delivered to just under 21,000 of the 24,223 schools in England, managed by the Youth Sport Trust. There are 43 NGBS involved.
The award recognised the work that BAFA, with support from the NFL, has done in developing a unique competition that provides youngsters with a wide experience of American football. BAFA has won this major school award after only one full year in the School Games programme after being selected by a YST panel of school sport experts.
The Award was presented to Rob Rooksby, BAFA’s Manager for Schools, and one of his assistant managers, Roger Smithies, in front of over 500 delegates, most of whom were the School Games organisers.
Martin Cockerill, chair of BAFA said:
‘There can be no doubt now that American football’s presence in the School Games has been significantly enhanced and established by this Award.’
‘An enormous amount of work went into getting a version of the sport into the School Games that met the rigorous requirements rightfully laid-down by the YST, but also satisfied the technical standards set by our promotional and supporting partner, the NFL. The last two years have been a very intense time with a variety of challenges and problems to face and solve. To get this award in recognition of the time and effort that has been put into this work is incredibly appreciated and is such a great boost for the sport as a whole. It is another significant step-forward for BAFA.
‘The whole Britball community should share and celebrate this award together. It is something that the football community should feel very proud of, as a community. Congratulations to all involved and after years of concern and worry over the development of the youth game, the future for it looks a little brighter and a little more secure now.’