Edinburgh Napier Knights are launching two new youth sections in a bid to turn today’s school kids into tomorrow’s gridiron stars.
The university American Football team are looking to recruit players from local high schools following a successful funding application with the Big Lottery.
The move comes at a time when the sport is experiencing a popularity boom in the UK. Thousands have flocked to see the likes of the Los Angeles Rams and Washington Redskins at NFL games in London, and the adult game has seen a huge increase in participants and spectators.
However, with opportunities for youngsters still limited, the Knights have launched an initiative to nurture young talent in the south-west of the city.
They are hosting training sessions for children aged 14-16, who play a contact version of the sport, and 11-14 year olds, who will play ‘flag football’ in which players are ‘tackled’ by pulling out one of two flags worn from a belt around the waist.
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