This past Monday the All Party Parliamentary Group for American Football met at the Houses of Parliament, including an address from NFL UK Managing Director, Alistar Kirkwood.
Members of the House and Commons and House of Lord were joined by associate members of the group, including notable Britball representatives such as Adult and Women’s League Commission Lead Clive Dobbin, and GB Lions U19’s and London Blitz U19’s Head Coach, Jason Henry.
Per the APPG website:
7 January – NFL UK Managing Director Alistair Kirkwood addressed a meeting of the All-Party Parliamentary American Football Group in Westminster.
Members of the House of Commons and House of Lords were joined by associate members as Kirkwood discussed NFL UK’s work to develop the game across the country.
2018 saw three sold-out NFL games staged at Wembley Stadium over consecutive weeks, and the 2019 NFL London Games Series will see four games played in the UK, including two at Wembley Stadium and two at Tottenham Hotspur’s new stadium. This will bring the total number of regular-season games played in London to 28 since the series began in 2007.
Chairing the meeting was Member of Parliament for Glasgow South West and All-Party Parliamentary American Football Group Vice-Chair, Chris Stephens MP. He said
“Group Members were delighted to welcome Alistair to Parliament, and to hear more about the work that NFL UK are doing to develop the sport across the United Kingdom.
“It was particularly pleasing to hear the work that NFL UK are doing to engage with youth, through initiatives in nine major cities including Glasgow.”
All-Party Parliamentary American Football Group Chair and Member of Parliament for Wellingborough, Peter Bone MP, said
“The All-Party Parliamentary American Football Group is delighted that four NFL games will be played in London in 2019 and we look forward to working more closely with NFL UK to help develop the game in the coming year and beyond.”
NFL UK Managing Director Alistair Kirkwood said
“It was a pleasure to address the All-Party Parliamentary American Football Group, and to discuss plans both for the 2019 NFL London Games, and the future.
“We look forward to another fantastic series in 2019, and hope that the games will continue to inspire young people across the country to get involved with the sport, in one of the formats that are on offer.”