Based in Stoke-on-Trent, the Staffordshire Saxons are a newly formed team. The team name comes from local history. Twelve centuries ago, Staffordshire was at the heart of the powerful kingdom of Mercia. The discovery of the Staffordshire Hoard highlighted the importance of the county in the Anglo-Saxon history. It seems a fitting name for a fierce new team in such a competitive and high impact sport.
Taking part in BAFA’s Topaz Series in just a few months, the ladies have been training hard in order to prepare. This is set to be a great dress rehearsal for the upcoming Sapphire series.
Although a new team, you will see many familiar faces amongst the Saxons crowd. With a core group of players who competed as part of Staffordshire Surge Ladies last year, the team has a wealth of experience. Many of the ladies completed their first season last year and also achieved their first win. They are looking to build upon that in the upcoming season. The ladies created great links with other teams and players throughout Sapphire and Summer Series, gaining a reputation as the team that play fair, enjoy having a laugh on and off the pitch!
The Saxons are very much looking forward to a team trip to Cardiff Valkyries in December, for some friendly competition, hoping to learn from each other, and have some fun!
Valkyries Linebacker Zoe John says
“We are really looking forward to the chance to train alongside the Saxons. We have had some great games in both tackle and flag against them so we know we will get a lot out of the day.”
Valkyries head coach Simon Browning also says
“The team is relishing the chance to train and play alongside the Saxons and can’t wait to welcome them down to Cardiff in December. It is a great chance for our players to learn from other talented coaches and develop alongside women who are equally as passionate about the game. It promises to be a great day!”
The Saxons benefit from an excellent coaching structure, already in place. Head Coach Simon Richards is in his fifth year being involved in the women’s game, having previously played senior football for three years before injury ruled him out. Having racked up two years as Offensive Coordinator he has now taken on the role of Head Coach and has dived head first into preparation for the upcoming season.
“I’m really looking forward to seeing this team succeed. They’re a great bunch of ladies who have put in a lot of hard work. They’re enthusiastic and passionate about this sport which is great to see. I’m thrilled to be their Head Coach, and can’t wait to see them competing as Saxons for the first time”.
Simon is backed by two experienced ladies players, taking on a new role in coaching. The first having played for three years, and being part of the GB squad at the European Championships 2015 which gained GB a silver medal. The second a qualified American football coach in her fifth year of playing, with experience both sides of the ball, who says
“We feel it’s really important that female players are taught by female coaches, who have a great understanding of the specific requirements of women in this sport”.
Saxons are also lucky to have a number of player coaches, who are using their experience to help others.
With the support of the ladies football community, the Saxons can’t wait to make their debut, and hope to make a splash in their first season. Look out for the girls in gold and black!
For more details including information about training sessions, check out their Facebook page at https://m.facebook.com/staffssaxons/
New players always welcome!