The head coach of the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) American football team achieved his life’s ambition after being selected to play for Great Britain.
Sam Bloomfield, who plays for the Manchester Titans alongside coach of the UCLan Rams, has joined the British American Football GB Lions team after being invited to tryouts earlier this year.
The quarterback has started training with the national team, which are already preparing to qualify for the International Federation of American Football (IFAF) World Championships in Australia in 2023.
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Sam said: âThere is nothing that I have ever wanted more than to play for my country. When I got the call from the British team, it was really a moment of euphoria. I am extremely proud of my achievement.
âPlaying at this level takes a lot of hard work and I have yet to prove that I’m the best quarterback on the team to make sure I’m part of the starting lineup.
“The hard work pays off, for me American football is the ultimate team sport. No other sport demands so much sacrifice from the players. They are essentially human failures.
For the 31-year-old, the selection lasted almost 20 years after he discovered a love for the sport in 2002 when he and a friend attended a game in Bristol and became addicted.
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Sam, who studied nutrition and exercise science at UCLan from 2010 to 2013, started the UCLan Rams team as a student before becoming a head coach after graduation.
The seasoned player has been the Rams head coach since 2013, with the exception of a two-year hiatus, and has upgraded the full-fledged team from Division Two to Division One in the BUCS student league.
Sam, a resident of Penwortham, also plays as quarterback for the third-ranked Manchester Titans in the British American Football Premiership, and juggles training for his club and country, alongside his coaching commitments and as as a wellness instructor for the Wigan Council.
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