Earlier this week the satirical Britball Facebook page Gridiron Memes shared a post noting the founding of a company, the ‘UK American Football League’, with a couple of Directors familiar to many within the British American Football community – Guy Kersey of the Leicester Falcons, and Michael Tyler, Chairman of the Northumberland Vikings.
The implication was that there may be the possibility of an alternate league being formed, in contention with the BAFA-run National Leagues – the idea of a breakaway league something that’s far from unheard of within the history of the British game.
In response to the UKGM post, the UK American Football League Directors shared the following with Dblcoverage.com:
We are issuing this statement in response to the story published by UKGM on Wednesday 18 April.
The United Kingdom American Football league (UKAFL) has no intention of being a new “breakaway” league.
Our team has been working for 9 months to create a league structure that will bring more resources to the American Football ecosystem throughout the United Kingdom.
We have spoken with the current British American Football Association (BAFA) board and hope to present our full plan when the new BAFA board is formed and in place.
The UKAFL structure will strengthen and preserve American Football in our country. If and when this league is approved – The UK will be home to one of the premier leagues in Europe rivalling the GFL (German Football League) and Maple Leagues.
– UKAFL Directors
Judging by this statement, it’s apparent the stated intent of the UKAFL is to work with existing Britball institutions to enhance our sport, rather than breaking away from the existing British game.
In the interest of full disclosure: DC was already aware of the founding UKAFL and have previously been in contact with its board to learn more about the organisation’s structure, plans and goals.
As with many projects and development schemes in British American Football at present, delays are to be expected while the sport’s National Governing Body, BAFA, enters its transition period in 2018 – with a whole new board structure and appointees expected by the end of the summer seasons.
As such, neither UKAFL or DC had anything significant to share with the British American Football community prior to UKGM’s social media post, though we will, of course, keep the community up to date with any exciting developments.