Fancy Tackling American Football?

Fancy Tackling American Football?

Published at 11:14am 2nd November 2016.

While American Football has been taking London by storm, Dorset's Jurassic Coast Raptors have begun recruiting players for next season.

While American Football has been taking London by storm, Dorset's Jurassic Coast Raptors have begun recruiting players for next season.

The county side are holding rookie sessions until December 21st, hoping to bring in around 50 players for the upcoming season.

10 games, across the south of England, will be played from April 2017.

Club chairman Mark Blunden says they are looking for dedication, fitness and players of all shapes and sizes: "A lot of people think all American footballers are big, but the guys who tend to hit the hardest, and move the quickest, are the smaller guys.

"Like in rugby, we need the bigger guys on the line, but on the sides, to run the ball and stop the guys running the ball on defence, we need some quicker guys as well."

With a new head coach (former assistant coach Mark Newell recently took over from Bill Heinrich) and a £10,000 Sport England grant, it's all change at Coburg Road.

For Mark, momentum is at the centre of making the most of this change and he has already set his sights on the future: "We're trying to win two, three more games. The year after, it'll be two or three more. You never know.

"In a few years, we could be going for promotion into the First Division."

If you think you can be Dorset's next best quarterback of wide receiver, contact Jurassic Coast Raptors at raptorsfootball@outlook.co.uk or call them on 0753 450 4701 for details on rookie events.

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