In light of the recent Super Bowl spirit in the USA, pupils from Studley High and St Mary’s C of E Academy, have their very own American football team – the ‘Studley Bearcats’, who received national recognition last week, appearing in features on both BBC Breakfast and Newsround where they showcased some of their skills.
The team, formed by coach Roger Smithies, train every Thursday and the squad are looking forward to playing in the national leagues competition which begins in April.
“The boys describe the sport as a mixture of tag rugby and chess and there is no contact involved in this version of the game at all,” said school governor at St Mary’s, Wendy Williams.
“We have been putting on taster sessions for all the pupils during their PE sessions and there has been a huge interest; the sport is great for team building, great for fitness and great for having fun.”
There are 11 players on each team in American Football with the aim of moving the ball towards and ultimately into the opposition’s end zone.
This can be achieved by either running with the ball until tackled or throwing the ball down field to a team mate.
Pupils aged 7 to 15 years take part in the league each year with the all important final game taking place in August.
Watch the clip here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround/38872690