Young students from Chilton Primary School and St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School swapped traditional school sport for something a little different this afternoon when coaches from ‘American Football Development Ltd’ (AFD) treated them to a masterclass of ‘American Flag Football’, the junior version of the game.

My waking hours seem to have been dominated by one particular sport this week … American Football. Hot on the heels of the Superbowl in the early hours of Monday came a full day of game-related tweets and Facebook posts (yes, everyone’s an expert) appearing on my timelines. Then on Tuesday, I found myself watching the sports biopic, “My All-American”, about American Football legend, Freddie Steinmark (highly recommended, by the way). This all proved to be great research material for someone who knows very little about this sport.

As complete novices to the sport, the two groups of students and their staff were definitely in very good hands today … AFD are the UK’s leading American Football coaching company, dedicated to growing the game through schools, clubs and community work.

The coaches were quickly putting their youngsters through their paces with a series of warm-ups, ball drills and off-ball running activities … and the kids were loving it. They were fully engaged throughout the activities and listened intently whenever the coaches called them in.

The event, organised by the Thanet PASSport team and School Games Organiser, Steph, also secured both teams places in the Kent School Games Finals. We wish them well as they take on teams from around the county later on in the school year.

I have definitely caught the American Football bug this week and, although my physical sport playing days are probably best left in the past, I will be dusting off my ‘Mean Machine’ DVD (Burt Reynolds, obviously) as soon as I have finished this article.

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