Parliament congratulates BAFA on major schools award

Per parliamentary.football:


Members of Parliament have congratulated the British American Football Association (BAFA) on becoming the School Games NGB of the Year for 2017.

A motion has been tabled in the House of Commons by Gavin Newlands MP, congratulating BAFA on receiving the prestigious award.

BAFA entered the School Games in September 2016 and provided opportunities for over 4,000 children to take part in the first year. Working closely with the NFL, a unique non-contact flag football competition has been developed to provide children with a wide experience of American football.

The motion also “recognises the wider work that BAFA does to develop American football across schools, universities and clubs” and “congratulates all involved with BAFA for their ongoing efforts to develop American football in the UK.”

Tabling the motion was Member of Parliament for Paisley and Renfrewshire North and Vice-Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary American Football Group, Gavin Newlands MP. He said “it is fantastic that the British American Football Association have been recognised in this way for their contribution to the School Games.

“American football is a fantastic sport, and I hope that more young people across the UK will have the opportunity to take part in the future.”

Member of Parliament for Wellingborough and Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary American Football Group, Peter Bone MP, added “this award is testament to the hard work of all involved with the British American Football Association, and I congratulate them, along with the NFL, for their efforts to develop such a successful programme for the School Games.

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“Grassroots American football is growing rapidly in the UK, and the Parliamentary American Football Group is determined to continue supporting the development of this great sport, so that we seen more people participating.”

The full text of the motion is as follows:

Early day motion 596 – British American Football Association

That this House congratulates the British American Football Association (BAFA) on receiving the prestigious School Games NGB of the Year award for 2017; notes that BAFA entered the School Games in September 2016 and was selected by a Youth Sport Trust panel of school sport experts to be nominated for the award after only one full year in the Games; further notes that BAFA, with support from the NFL, has developed a unique non-contact flag football competition that provides children with a wide experience of American football; commends BAFA for providing opportunities for over 4,000 children to take part in the first year; recognises the wider work that BAFA does to develop American football across schools, universities and clubs; hopes that we will see more young people playing this fantastic sport; and congratulates all involved with BAFA for their ongoing efforts to develop American football in the UK.

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