Wembley Stallions recruit volunteers from UCFB Wembley

Written by Ben Clubley

The Wembley Stallions have recruited several students from UCFB Wembley to help out with the running of the club.

The students will help with the organising of all events and match days, working on the camera’s, as well as more behind the scenes operations such as marketing, finance and social media aspects.

Volunteer Samantha Read said that working for the Stallions allows her to learn practically, and put theory into action. “I can also use my past experience and apply them to the job role.”

Students were interacted with at the universities freshers fair, which not only looked for students to help with the running of the club but also playing for the club.

Several students attended the trial day with a selection of them helping out with the running and filming of the event, and many also taking part.

Kerry Fothergill who is also a volunteer for the Stallions says that working with the club gains her real experience and she wants to be part of the team and help them develop.

With the Wembley Stallions looking to push fan experience at games and make the game more of a spectacle sport, the link up with students from UCFB Wembley is highly beneficial for both parties.

The club gain extra help in the running of events and bring in fresh new ideas as well as expanding the size of the family, while the students gain working experience from their time.

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Wembley Stallions’ plans for the future

Written by Ben Clubley

The future looks bright for Wembley Stallions, with head coach and chairman Warren Smart looking to win the top division within the next few years and bring a large crowd to games.

The main target for head coach Warren Smart is to be the best, having both male and female players from the Stallions representing Great Britain across Europe, and to go on to win the Southern Premier Division within the next few years.

There is also the hope of bringing in large crowds in the hundreds for home games. American football is growing fast in England and especially around Wembley. Over 80,000 people turn out for the NFL International series games every year, a fraction of that will be greatly beneficial for the Stallions.

Head coach and chairman Warren Smart states how he remembers when he started playing American football back in the 1980’s and how they would play using bicycle helmets instead of the proper equipment.

Equipment however is easier to come across in Britain now with the Stallions having enough pads and helmets for the team, and necessary training equipment. The club also boast a full 100-yard field which is rare in the country.

In the near future Coach Smart would like to have the club purchase a scoreboard so that the supporters can clearly see the score line adding to their experience.

Further down the road there are hopes of improving the facilities on site, bringing in portable toilets, and maybe even adding portable stands to give the fans a better view of the game.

Another idea which Coach Smart talked about was of having special themed games like they do in America. College and high school football in The States is filled with themed games such as homecoming and senior games. Doing so could help increase the interest in the game within the local area and improve match day attendances.

One of the rising tools online is that of YouTube and Facebook live streaming. With Wembley Stallions already owning a camera tower there’s the potential of using the equipment to live stream games online for followers to watch. This could also help increase the clubs fanbase.

With all these ideas circulating around the Stallions camp, and American football on the rise in the country, the future of the side looks strong. The plans will improve the fan experience at home games, which may entice more people to come down and watch the games. All this will make the sport more of a spectacle, challenging that of other sports.

Trial and Combine Day

Written by Ben Clubley

Preparation for the 2017 season kicked off on the 26th November as the annual Wembley Stallions try-outs and combine day took place.

The new season may not start till April, and pre-season may still be 2 months away, however the Stallions have already begun their preparation for the 2017 season with the hosting of the try-out and combine day.

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Over 106 faces showed up early for the try-outs, with participants spending 15 minutes at each of the 7 stations, each station dedicated to a different position amongst the team.

The day put players new and old from ages as young as 13 to the test, with over 3 hours of drills and testing taking place on what was a very cold but clear day.

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Pulo, one of the young new-coming participants trying out for the under 19’s team, stated that the experience was “really good” and that they “got to try everything on the day.”

Try-outs were held for all 5 teams, from the under 14’s, all the way up to the senior and women’s sides. The new female players joined in with the fully paced women’s practice session ahead of their trip to Sheffield for their final tournament in the Opal Series.

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One of the spectacles of the day was the hard hitting, 2v2 Oklahoma drill which was put on show by the returning players. Showing the new-comers to the team what they were getting themselves into.

After a short break the players were on to the second half of their day and the NFL styled combine. Individuals were put to the test physically, with drills focusing on speed, strength and flexibility.

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The day was ended with players taking part in what seemed a gruelling 1 mile run around the field.

The next time the players will be back playing will be January 21st when the first day of pre-season commences.

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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

Wembley Stallions’ first ever U17’s home tournament

Our first ever home tournament for the U17’s.
Today we hosted the London Warriors, East Kent Mavericks and the London Blitz in a 5-a-side contact tournament.

The first ever games for the Youth team under Head Coach Kenny Blake. Unfortunately the Stallions could not must a win but they played really well and held experienced teams to close scores until experience and injury made their presence felt.

Round 1

  • Wembley Stallions 13 – London Warriors 16
  • London Blitz 22 – East Kent Mavericks 20

Round 2

  • Wembley Stallions 15 – London Blitz 21
  • London Warriors 26 – East Kent Mavericks 43

Round 3

  • Wembley Stallions 0 – East Kent Mavericks 34
  • London Blitz 42 – London Warriors 6

For the Stallions everyone played really well. Big shout out to Andre Neves playing at WR and filling in at QB in the final game. Cyrus Bourne and Pratik Ramesh. All others played out of their skins.

More details to follow but all the Stallions management wish to thank all the helpers, medics and others.

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.

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Youth

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U17 Contact

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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