The reaction from within both camps has been positive and the benefits of combining the clubs at senior level, underpinned by the academy, is clear. The merge creates a great opportunity and platform for our players, coaches and club to progress and take the next step, with a new 5 year plan now in place that aims to ultimately see the Vikings reach the Premiership.
Over the coming weeks, supporters of both clubs will see our social media and contact information begin to be updated and more information will be released regarding our off-season plans; such as two big recruitment events we have planned for this coming October.
DC reached out to British American Football Association to query how this will work for the newly-merged Vikings programme moving forwards - would the team assume the Vikings' berth in Division One, the Lightnings' in Division Two, or need to start from scratch with a new associate process?
Speaking with BAFA Director of Competitions, Russ Hewitt:
The teams will merge into the Vikings' Division One status.
The Newcastle side of the merger have earned their Division One standing, as shown by narrowly missing out on playoffs the year following their promotion, so for competition structure we believe that is the best place for the new Northumberland Vikings team.
The consolidation of these two teams, with such strong bonds already through the NEAAF, certainly seems like the best move for football in the region and DC join the community in congratulating the newly fledged Northumberland Vikings on their merger!