Could the Pride be headed to Uniball?

Widely respected as the premier American Football development programme in the UK, SGS College’s Bristol Academy Pride have existed on the periphery of the British American Football scene for years, steadily growing their reputation both nationally and internationally.

Responsible for the placement now of dozens of British ballers in US High Schools and Colleges, the Pride’s Alex Jenkins is currently participating in the NFL’s International Development programme, playing with the New Orleans Saints Practice Squad, with aspirations to make it on to an NFL roster next year.

Existing in a kind of limbo of their own, the Pride programme’s format hasn’t previously matched up with any of the BAFA leagues, leaving the team often hunting for competitive fixtures by squaring off against top tier University programmes and more recently looking abroad – the Pride are currently 1-1 against the French National Under 19 team and in coming months will be taking on some of the top young sides across the European game.

Developing players alongside academic studies, their season didn’t sync up with the BAFA U19 leagues through the summer months, and with many players under 18 and not on the right kind of courses, there was no home for the Pride in the University game…

Until now?

This week the Pride have announced their host Institution at SGS College Bristol are now offering degree-level courses, meaning with enough uptake? We could see a team that has pretty much dominated every Uniball team that’s taken them on in recent year, entering the BUCS leagues in future seasons!

Per BristolAcademyofSport.co.uk:


We have enjoyed nearly a decade of unparalleled success in Further Education and sports here at SGS College. Not just in American Football but with National titles across 4 other sports as well along with achieving good to outstanding grades with OFSTED.

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We are now branching into Higher Education and degrees for those that want to take their sport seriously and enjoy the similar benefits to our Further Education team. Access to gym, facilities and top level coaching from the same staff along side your degree course.

We are also considerably cheaper than standard Universities. Our fast track degrees are done over 2 years so save you money in the long run.

Initially we are offering the following courses:

– BSc Sports Coaching (Fast track)

– FdSc Sports Coaching and Performance

– FdSc Physical Education and Fitness

– HNC/D Public Services (Protective Services)

– FdSc Computer Games Design and Development

– FdSc Digital Media Production

– FdSc Graphic Design

– FdSc Early Childhood Study

– HND Business

– HND Commuting and systems development

Why not put us down as one of your 5 options with UCAS? We are having an open day the end of January (dates to follow specifically for the HE courses alongside American Football). Contact Head Coach, Benjamin Herod, to find out more on Benjamin.herod@sgscol.ac.uk

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Nick ‘Willy Tee’ Wilson-Town hails from the South West where he’s spent the last decade bouncing around various teams at the university and senior level. He came to fame on the now departed unofficial forum thanks to his regularly irreverent Uniball predictions and general ‘BUAFL wafflage’. Follow him on twitter @WillyTee1