The sport of American football has been played in schools, formally or informally, for many years.
Schools around the country have well developed Flag football programmes. The platform which the sport gives – athletic skill combined with a strong emphasis upon strategic planning and execution has seen it form a core part of their curriculum delivery or their extracurricular offer.
There has also been a recent move by a number of schools to develop contact football programmes, working closely with local community and university clubs and with a view to entering into local community and national league competitions.
Alongside these formal structures, it is well known that pupils of all ages have picked up a rugby ball or a football, strode across a goal line, thrown the ball to the floor and yelled ‘touchdown’ in the playground whilst mimicking the game on the TV.
BAFA is committed to supporting those involved in the planning and delivery of Physical Education and school sport if they wish to include American football. New resources are planned to support teachers in their delivery of football along with ones targeted to support football clubs in engaging more effectively with schools and other key partners.