Worcestershire Black Knights accepted into the league of the British American Football Association

WORCESTERSHIRE The Black Knights will play competitive American football for the first time.

They have been accepted into the Second Division of the National League of the British American Football Association (BAFA), South West Conference which begins in April.

“Two years of hard work have paid off and our bid for the league has been a success,” said delighted President Si Watten.

“There has been a lot of hard work on the part of the committee and the coaching staff.

“We still have a handful of players who were at our very first tasting session in February 2015.

“The process saw the involvement and support of many people over the period, each contribution being vital for the growth of the team. ”

The Black Knights will face teams from Bristol, Swindon, Dorset, Torbay and Newquay in the home and away league.

They will play a 10-game regular season that will run from April to the end of August.

Rich Smith is the head coach and will be assisted by Andrew Lillington, Stephen Banks, Clive James and Tim Watton.

The Black Knights will play their home games at Kings Norton Rugby Club.

However, they have a strong relationship with the University of Worcester and a host of players in the region.

Ryan Breakwell, Ben Mallinson, Ben Dillon, Matt Clark are among the Worcester players.

Malvern duo Matt Payne and James Styles are part of the Black Knights with James Lawrence is from Hereford.

They also have players from Gloucester, Tewkesbury, Evesham, Pershore, Droitwich, Kidderminster, Stourport, Bromsgrove, Redditch and Halesowen.

Watten said: “We had three practice sessions over the winter and the first saw 30 new guys participate.

“We always get messages from people who want to play.

“We have a great relationship with the University of Worcester and their American football team, the Royals.

“We share some coaches and some of our players also coach their teams. ”

Watten added: “For the 2017 season we will be playing all of our home games at Kings Norton.

“We would like to bring the team to Worcester in the future, however, Kings Norton is very accommodating.

“They know what we can bring to their club and most importantly, they want us to be there.”

The Black Knights are looking for new players and sponsors, but would like to thank Mode Sports Bar and Grill, McDonalds and WJ Sports Therapy and Fitness for their support.

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