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British American Football named 'School Games NGB of the year'!
In December 2015, Community Sport Network published a piece on the launching of British American Football Association’s ‘Touchdown Football Programme’. Last year it was further reported in the Community Sport Network (October 2016) that American Flag Football (the non-contact version of the sport) had been accepted into the School Games. After only 14 months, the British American Football Association has now won the ‘School Games NGB of the Year’ Award, 2017!
The Award was presented by Ali Oliver (YST’s CEO) to BAFA Manager Rob Rooksby and Assistant Manager Roger Smithies at the School Games Summit in Telford on Tuesday 14th November in front of some 500 delegates from the School Games Organiser network. The nomination cited the unique formats developed with the help of the NFL (a 3v3 mini-game for primary school children and a version of the standard 5v5 game with kicking elements for secondary school children), the efforts to engage key stake-holders and a significant increase in participation between the first term and the end of the first year of 107% (Autumn term 2016 = 1,987 youngsters and end of academic year figure was over 4,000 youngsters).
Rob Rooksby (BAFA’s Manager for Schools) said; "The Award was a complete surprise but hugely appreciated as it acknowledges the amount of work that has been put into making the sport successful in the School Games, which of course, benefits youngsters all around the country.”
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