The UK’s largest American Football programme, the Manchester Titans, have teamed up with Jaguars UK to offer ‘JagTag’ in Manchester.
The announcement at the end of January continues the Jaguars’ commitment to the growth of the game in the UK, as 2019 continues to see the NFL franchise expand from its foundations in London, and bring a great route into football to new corners of the United Kingdom!
Speaking with DC, Titans Chairman Jonathan Homer told us how the partnership made sense as it aligned with the Titans’ own commitment to create pathways into the sport in the Manchester community:
“We have worked hard in 2018 to expand our coaching offering in Schools, allowing us to enter 2019 with three coaches, Jonatan Pan Gago, David Blake and Andrew Astridge, committed to working in schools and community groups all across Greater Manchester. Additionally, we have supported the NFL Flag workshops for schools and supported the Jag Tag programme running with a group called ‘Ed Start’ within Manchester. All of this has helped us build a strong relationship with the team behind Jag Tag so it was a natural progression that we run a session of our own.
One of our key commitments as a club is to offer real pathways for young people in Manchester to combine American Football and Education. Our Cadets, U17 and U19 teams continue to grow and our partnership with The Manchester College is progressing towards a 2019 start. Hosting a Jag Tag session at the college, prior to our Tuesday night U17 and Flag training provides the perfect link up of all of these. It allows us to utilise the Jaguars name to attract more young people into the Sport and bring them to the location that is central to our work.
We have been doing little bits with Bertie, Ryan and the team at the Jags for a few years now and we have always enjoyed the experienced. Andrew Astridge who is our Community and Schools Football lead, and the lead Jag Tag coach, has built up a strong relationship and we look forward to growing this further during 2019 and beyond!”
The Titans held their first JagTag session this week, with a session every Tuesday moving forwards – 1900-2000, at The Manchester College Nicholls Campus.