Non-contact American football comes to town

By Sam Cooper | 22/09/2017 0 comments

Non-contact American football comes to town

AMERICAN sports enthusiasts can try their hand at one of the country’s top sports — but without the brutality — as part of a new club.

Rotherham Roosters play flag football — a non-contact version of American football — and is on the lookout for more members.

The Roosters, who train at Bramley, only held their first training session earlier this month but will play in their first tournament in Northampton on Saturday.

Founder Rudi Halfmann said: “The sport is a bit like touch rugby — you play five on five and there are teams all over the country.

“It’s growing really fast and there teams popping up all over as interest in American football has grown.

“The NFL (National Football League) play games in the UK now and the interest has really grown.”

The Roosters will also play in a tournament in Doncaster next weekend and hope to join the national British American Football League next summer.

But they only have seven members signed up to date and Rudi said they were looking for more players.

“The NFL starts this weekend and that’s when people really get interested.

“We are looking for like-minded people. They don’t have to be experts or anything as long as they enjoy sports or anything as long they enjoy the sport.”

The Roosters train at Wroxham Way, Bramley, on Saturdays from 9.30am.

If you would like to join visit www.facebook.com/roostersflag.

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