12 players and three reserves will compete in this year’s European Flag Championships
After an extensive, season-long scouting, assessment and selection process, the British American Football Association is proud to announce the squad of 12, plus the three travelling reserves, who will compete in the European Flag Football Championships later this year.
The squad is as follows (club teams are last Opal Series registrations):
- Amy Slater – Sheffield Hallam Warriors
- Ellie Thorpe – Warwick Wolverines
- Jennifer Cooper – Warwick Wolverines
- Jodie Harris – Warwick Wolverines
- Kate Bruinvels – Chichester Golden Arrows
- Kellie Barrett – Coventry Cougars
- Lottie Laidler – Sheffield Hallam Warriors
- Lou Lee – Warwick Wolverines
- Lucie Stewart – London Warriors
- Millie Barrett – Coventry Cougars
- Phoebe Schechter – Staffordshire Surge
- Steph Warren – Nottingham University
- Amy Wells – Sheffield Hallam Warriors
- Jennifer Machia – Warwick Wolverines
- Sophie Jones – Coventry Cougars
Head Coach Andrew Gambrill said: “I’m genuinely excited at the potential of this squad and have every faith that we will produce a performance the whole country will be proud of.”
Martin Cockerill, BAFA Chairman, is pleased by the quality of the squad: “The growth of the women`s game is further enhanced by the skill and dedication shown by the successful candidates selected to represent Great Britain at this year’s European Championships. British women`s football is going from strength to strength!”
The team will have its first practice on 6th May in Northampton.
Alongside staples of the women’s flag game, the Barrett sisters, the Warwick Wolverines have made a particularly strong showing in this year’s roster selection. Busiest woman in Britball, GB Lions Women full contact Captain and Linebacker Phoebe Schecter continues her streak of international sporting achievements by stepping into the flag game, bringing a great understanding of the game to the Lions’ secondary!
The one dampener on events is the uncertainty surrounding international football at the moment, with the Czech Association of American Football (CAAF) announcing they would not be able to host this year’s European Championship.
While there’s discussions around Spain potentially hosting a replacement tournament under the auspices of one of our sport’s two bickering international governing bodies, the ongoing political turmoil surrounding the game continues to do little but hinder the sport’s development.