The Etone Jaguars American Football Academy are the newest addition to the BAFA Youth team ranks in 2017!
Founder, Chairman and Head Coach Lawrence Grugeon got in touch to share the news of the Jaguars success joining the league:
Coach Grugeon is a 20-year Britball veteran and having represented a host of teams in the midlands including stints in Australia and Belgium both as a player and coach has quickly established a youth programme that he believes come September will be the envy of all the Britball Nation.
Just 8 months ago having sent out emails to a number of high schools within his local area of Nuneaton, Warwickshire offering free taster sessions introducing the game of American Football, Coach Grugeon has received the backing from several major sponsors and one high school in particular ‘Etone College’.
Etone College has provided the field training and changing facilities needed for practice whilst releasing the financial burden of hiring out a venue.
Having forged a small but strong and enthusiastic coaching staff which includes past Arrows and Bulls veterans Matthew Sheldon and Ian Looms whilst also recruiting local and experienced personnel trainer Katie Horton to look after the academy’s physical and healthy well-being side of the programme Coach Grugeon believes less is more.
Since last summer the Etone Jaguars have steadily recruited a core base of 25+ players both boys and girls that regularly attend their 3-hour training sessions on a Saturday morning. Having moved to an indoor facility during the winter months to work on physical conditioning and playbook Coach Grugeon believes his team are ready to compete with the best. Having applied and been accepted the Etone Jaguars American Football Academy will make their BAFA debut in competition this coming season.
Not resting over the Christmas period Coach Grugeon and his staff have already lined up several guest coaches to come down to Nuneaton and give the young Jaguars some extra coaching tips. First up was well respected, former Bulls QB and Tamworth Phoenix co-founder Dave Winter who took time out of football retirement to come down and conduct a QB clinic. Winter, a former team mate of Coach Grugeon back in the days of Youth football playing for the Birmingham Bulls commented
“The Jaguars are in a very good place right now and have the backing and infrastructure to become one of the very best programmes in the UK. I look forward to watching the Jags development over the next few years.”
With a quarter of the academy being female players Coach Grugeon has enlisted the expertise of current GB Lions Women Captain, MVP and all round tackling machine Miss Phoebe Schecter. Miss Schecter is the poster girl for women in Britball right now and will not only give the girls at the academy the confidence to play alongside their male counterparts but will also give them an insight to routes in football after youth.
Coach Grugeon commented
“I was super pleased that Phoebe agreed to except my invitation to guest as a coach at the academy. Having played against and witnessed first-hand Schecters tacking skills and overall ability in the game. I can see why she not only excels in the female series but in Britball as a whole.”
Guest coaches, sponsor investment and already in their first stages of ‘Club Mark’ registration, the Etone Jaguars are surely a programme to be monitored over the coming season.
The Etone Jaguars American Football Academy is still recruiting and welcomes anyone that would like to join. Playing, coaching or just helping out is only an email away. Please contact Coach Grugeon at firstname.lastname@example.org