Could you be Dorset's next American Football Star?

Could you be Dorset's next American Football Star?

Published by George Sharpe at 12:09pm 18th September 2019. (Updated at 11:47pm 18th September 2019)

Jurassic Coast Raptors are looking for more women and more rookie's to take up the sport.

They're holding "rookie days" in Dorchester in October to get new people into the sport - and they're encouraging women to come and take part too.

Currently, there aren't any women on the team but they are very open to women joining the team.

Bill Heinrich is the Head Coach for the team. He said: 

"The sport for women is really kicking off now actually. But we don't have enough interest here for our own ladies team, but any women are welcome to come along and compete equally with the men."

Cardiff Valkyries are an all female team based in Wales. They've also been trying to encourage more women to join the sport.

When are the rookie days?

If you'd like to take part you can go along to Dorchester Stadium at 8pm (until 10pm) on the following dates:

  • Wednesday 9th of October
  • Wednesday 16th of October
  • Wednesday 23rd of October

To take part, all you need is to be over 18, bring along a gum shield and boots for a 3G football pitch.

Isn't American Football just a bit too violent for me?

If you're worried that the game might be a bit violent or rough, well... you're not wrong. But it's not all rough and tumble. The team says they need people with lots of different skills - you don't just need to be able to take the blows.

Jurassic Coast Raptors are holding rookie days for you to try American Football out for yourself
Jurassic Coast Raptors are holding rookie days for you to try American Football out for yourself

Bill said:

"The best thing about the sport really is that... we can accomodate anybody, size, shape, fitness level or physical ability.

"We need big heavy guys to get in the way, fast, quick guys, guys that are physically strong and athletic... people that can catch and throw, people who can kick the ball well.

"It's a team sport, it accomodates a lot of different skills which makes it really inclusive."

The team's based in Dorchester and trains at the stadium grounds. 

If you're interested, you can find more details of how to take part in the rookie days on their Facebook page.