This Saturday saw the first tournament of the inaugural Jaguars Se7ens Cup, with fourteen teams descending on Wimbledon Park, London, to compete not only for the glory of a regional championship title, but also a place at the National Finals at Fulham FC’s Craven Cottage!
The tournament saw teams from a broad range of backgrounds – from the elite pinnacle of full contact, British American Football, through to nationally competitive Flag-Football programmes, through to complete novices to the sport who simply came along for the experience of a the day.
And the names were just as colourful as the action on the field!
Taking part in the Se7ens Cup’s opening competition were:
- Fractionville Flamingos
- DSA ALL STARS (Dynamic Sports Academy)
- Dallas Carter (Go Mammoth)
- Winchester Silverbacks (Winchester University)
- Brighton Tsunami (Brighton University)
- The Magnificent Seven (Withdrew)
- Warriors (London Warriors)
- Heads Up Se7ens Up
- The Warriors (London Warriors)
- Baker Street Buttonhookers (Go Mammoth)
- Essex Spartans (Urr… Essex Spartans. Duh.)
- Gronky Kong
The tournament kicked off with an introductory talk from London Warriors Head Coach, Tony Allen and Jacksonville Jaguars Senior Vice President of International Development, Hussein Naqi, who talked about the work the Jaguars are doing to grow football in the UK, especially in London where over 1500 school children now participate in the Jag Tag format of American Football in London schools.
The first games got underway with the teams competing in mini-qualification groups, all teams would have a shot at a trophy – through either a championship berth, or a second bracket competing for a plate victory.
Action got under across the eight pristinely marked pitches, and it was immediately apparent the talent on offer when one of the Warriors teams lost their opening fixture – the first competitive loss these players will have faced in a LONG time considering their current dominance of the British Senior League!
Spirits were high across Wimbledon park as families began to arrive to not only watch the games, but also participate in the extra activities laid on by the Jaguars – including access to play Madden 17, test their mettle in the Jaguars inflatable football simulator, or test out their arm or other football skills with the equipment available!
All in all the first tournament of the Se7ens cup offered SO much more than a simple flag football tournament. It was a full day activity for not only the players themselves, but for friends and family as well – and with the prize for the victor of the National Final potentially worth upwards of £500 (10 x Wembley NFL International Series Tickets!) the pot at the end of it’s nothing to smirk at.
Surprisingly there are still limited places available for the tournaments in Edinburgh, Birmingham and Manchester – find out more at Jags-Se7ens-Cup.com