The Stallions – A Team Managers Perspective

My introduction to American football was about 20 years ago, yes I know you didn’t realise it had been around so long! Channel 4 started showing NFL at about the same time and Dan Marino was playing for the Dolphins, I loved the colours and the razzmatazz that came along with the game, and of course the Crunch of play. I starting to help out at a local team the Stanmore thunder, with sideline and stats, and have loved the game since.

It was about three years ago when my husband, head coach Warren Smart, and I had the conversation about starting the team in Northwest London, we had identified there was a gap for a senior team in the area as the Warriors and Olympians covered the south London area and the Blitz to the north east. We wanted to make it easy for people to take part and try out the sport for the first time, that’s why we provide a loan of equipment to reduce the monetary barriers into American Football.

We also wanted a team that stood for something in the community, which is why we chose the ‘Stallions’. Wembley has a long history with sport and in 1923 the first ever FA cup final was played, with nearly twice as many supporters turning up to the game as expected. A brave white horse, known as Billy, had to control the fans as crowds invaded the pitch, to this day it’s still referred to as the ‘white horse final’ and why he is our mascot and our motto, ‘Respect All, Fear None’ to commemorate Billy’s exemplary work.

Apart from game day management, dealing with the governing body BAFA and recruitment of players I also apply for grants to help support the club with equipment and start up of other teams within the club. We are extremely grateful to Wembley National Stadium Trust for our very first grant which really kickstarted the club and enabled us to buy 10 helmets and 10 shoulder pads. So far we have probably introduced over 200 people to the sport, including our under 17s, under 19s and Women’s Team.

The dream is for all areas of the club to be successful, our senior team currently at 7-0 have their eyes on the prize, while the under 17s are playing in their first year of tournaments. Our women’s team had a fantastic first season coming runner up in the Southern conference of the Sapphire Series in their debut year. To achieve this we need volunteers and helpers from all areas, parents, partners and football fans who want to be a bit closer to the sport. The hardest thing for me is actually watching a game as there is so much to do, but I love looking after the Team and really feel like I am part of a great family with focused goals, determined spirit, and inspirational passion.

So if you want to be a part of the team, try the pads on for size or be a super fan please get in contact with teammanager@wembleystallions.com or via our Facebook page

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Wembley Stallions Under 19’s update

UNDER 19’s withdraw from league to protect the growth of youth and junior football at the Wembley Stallions.

The future of the Stallions is being rapidly secured with the development of two teams at the youth and junior level.
Their are several levels of youth play in British American football.

Cadet

U12 Flag

Youth

U17 Flag

U17 Contact

Junior

U19 Flag

U19 Contact

Currently, the entire youth programme for the Stallions is centred around contact football. The U17’s are fast approaching their rookie season with their first competitive matches being a tournament we are hosting on May 21st. 

The U19’s play a 9 v 9 version of the game which is only different from the game played by their Senior team in having two less linemen. Athletes aged 16 to 18 can play on the team and the Stallions run a “coach all” policy where all the 15 coaches of the club help prepare the athletes in every team. Players themselves can take part in any training session, even with the adult athletes. “Of course, restrictions are observed when it comes to contact.” said club head coach, Warren Smart, “but the desire is to prepare all our athletes in the right way from the start of their journey to wherever it takes them”.

Joining the club is simple. Just turn up. The only thing new athletes need is football boots, a gum shield and sports clothing including a shirt to put over the shoulder pads. Pads and helmets are available to borrow.

Coach Blake is the head coach of the youth and junior programme, working with coach Smart. “Under 19 football is a great place for young men and women to develop, not only athletically, but also as young people and as much work goes into developing characters as it does athletes” said an enthusiastic coach Blake. “We don’t put barriers on who can be a Stallion, and we have invited Delta Npuna from the women’s team to join the U19’s”.

16 year old Ghulam Jami has trained with the club since its inception. “I really enjoy the training and I have learned so much” he said. “It’s even helped with my school work. Before whenever I struggled, I just got stuck and frustrated. Football has taught me how to break down topics and the things I have to learn into parts and put it together. Football real does teach life stuff”.

“It’s never too late to start and we want to hit certain roster targets to ensure success”. Coach Smart informed The Stampede. “We weren’t getting consistent attendances at training for the U19’s and the right decision was to hold off until we were really comfortable with the set up of the squad. We respect our league opponents and didn’t want to expose them to the risk we might have to cancel games late in the day leaving them with unnecessary costs”.

You can join the team by turning up to training, or contact Coach Smart on the details below:

Training

Wednesday 6-8pm

Saturday 9:30am-1:00pm

Venue

The Ranch, 

136 Greenford Road,

Hussain Close, 

HA1 3QL
Coach Smart

E: headcoach@wembleystallions.com

M: 07957 424218