POTY – A Closer Look: The Manchester Titans

At a glance

  • Adult – (9-1-0) Division One North Champs, #1 Offence in D1, NFC 1 North Champions
  • Under 19s – (5-1-0) 3rd Place Northern Conference, Northern Trophy Finalists
  • Under 17s – Expansion to two teams, Northern Conference Champs (11-0-1), 4th Place National Rankings
  • Women’s – 2nd Place Sapphire Division One North, #2 Offence Northern Conference, 4th Place National Rankings.
  • Flag – Won MEC Division and Promotion to top tier
  • New for 2018 – introducing U17 and U12 Flag teams.

POTY 2016 on course for back-to-back titles?

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via facebook.com/pg/manchestertitans

The reigning Programme of the Year, twelve months on from their¬†#BNAs2016 title it’d be entirely understandable if the Manchester Titans were looking to hold on to their crown for a second straight year!

A dynamic, diverse, community-focused programme, the Titans continue to go from strength to strength.

2017 not only saw the programme grow outwards – introducing new squads across the course of the year, including a second U17s side and new flag teams – but also upwards!

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We actually discussed it in their last ‘POTY – A Closer Look’ article twelve months ago, that the Titans adult side were one of our preseason favourites for promotion to the Premiership in 2017, and the Titans did not disappoint! A dominant year for the adult team saw them romp their way into premiership balling for 2018, in convincing style – at that was just one of their many successes last year.

Between their multitude of teams that make up one of the most complete and accessible Britball offerings in the UK, the Titans organisation hoisted no less than three conference crowns last year – proof that a programme can focus upon both growth and success at the same time – quantity AND quality!

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Titans Under 19s Northern Trophy Finalists – via facebook.com/manchestertitans

Having moved into their new home at the National Speedway Stadium during 2017, the Titans have clearly settled in comfortably – the improved facilities bringing direct benefits to the Titans both on and off the field.

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The Titans adult side were undefeated at home during 2017 and averaged 45 points per game on offence while at home during the regular season, in a campaign where the Titans had the best points per game in Division One.

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The depth of the Titans’ women’s roster exceeds even the impressive growth of this facet of the British game. via facebook.com/manchestertitans

Their Women’s team took their first foray into 7-a-side balling and were not found wanting – with one of the largest rosters in the women’s game despite only recently stepping up to contact ball, the Titans earned an impressive 4th place in the National Rankings this year, as well as contributing their first baller to the GB Lions roster for the Women’s World Championships this summer! And of course the titles their development and flag teams earned this year speak for themselves.

We’ll see if the Titans adults can prove their Premiership credentials later this year, but in the meantime, it’s clear that this is a programme that’s built its way to success through sustainability.

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Nick 'Willy Tee' Wilson-Town hails from the South West where he's spent the last decade bouncing around various teams at the university and senior level. He came to fame on the now departed unofficial forum thanks to his regularly irreverent Uniball predictions and general 'BUAFL wafflage'. Follow him on twitter @WillyTee1