Can I play American football when if I have never played the sport before?
95% of all our players joined with no experience of playing American football other than watching it on TV or playing video games. Our preseason and taster sessions are designed to take educate you on the basic skills required and build your knowledge to the point you are able to play a full season with us.
How do I get started?
It's easy, you can get started with the London Blitz anytime by simply attending one of training sessions. Visit our online registration system and follow the on screen instructions. Once you're registered we look forward to seeing you at your first session.
I attended a taster session last year but have not returned due to other commitments. Will I be welcomed back?
Yes. It's not unusual for players to return to the club after taking time away due to exams, school, holidays and other commitments. The club encourages and welcomes all players back to the club and will always strive to make sure you are able to juggle your ongoing commitments.
We are proud of our track record and are pleased to say that those that play for the Blitz have an unrivalled success rate of going on to further education and successful careers.
When does the British American Football season start?
The league traditionally kicks off around April and ends in September. Taster sessions run through the winter months and pre-season starts in January.
Taster session spaces from October to December can be limited due to demand so please ensure you register as soon as possible.
Do you have trials?
The club does not run trails as we are a community sports team, meaning players can sign up with the club by attending a taster or open training session and completing the registration process. All individuals are welcome to join the club regardless of their abilities.
When and where do you train?
We train on Sunday morning at Finsbury Park Stadium. Times can vary so please check our online portal for more details.
Do I need to register via webcollect? Why must I get a parent to sign up?
Details are needed from all participants prior to participating in training sessions for both medical and security reasons. Webcollect replaces any need for paper forms and physical registration documents - This helps the club run a safe and enjoyable training environment. The reason we ask a parent to sign up is that we need parental consent and emergency contact information for all those under 18.
What position will I play?
Some players may have an idea of what position they would like to play and others are still unsure. Our dedicated coaching staff will spend time evaluating all players during the pre-season and taster sessions and suggest the most suitable position for you to play. Positions are always subject to change but we guarantee we'll make sure you enjoy your time on the football field.
Do I need to buy the helmet and pads? What kit should I bring?
No, we are able to provide equipment (Helmet & Shoulder pads) to all players that require them. Kit is allocated to all registered players during pre season. Should a player wish to purchase their own equipment, our coaches will happily advise on what is suitable and where is the best place to buy such items.
For the taster sessions you only need a gum shield and football/rugby boots.
To play kitted football you will need to buy leg pads which are required to train and play in. The club sells sets for £35 which includes belt, bottom sets, and all necessary lower leg pads.
The club also sells training tops which are required to wear over pads during practice. We suggest that players get their own as the club has a limited supply of loan practice shirts.
With your full membership fee you will receive a polo shirt which will be official team wear for all games or club events. The club will have shorts, hats and hoodies available which will be available to be worn when representing the club.
What age do you need to be?
- Under 19 kitted team is aged 16 to 19 (must not turn 20 in the year of the season)
- Under 17 kitted is 14 to 16
- Under 16 flag is 14 to 16
- Under 13 flag is for all ages under 13 - if your child is under 10 and would like to play you must speak to the coaches at the first session
Can I play in kit (helmet and pads) at the age of 12?
Kitted football in the UK is for 14 and over. If you’re under this age you must play flag football which is the non contact version of the game. This is an ideal way to develop the key skills needed to play kitted football once of the correct age.
Do I need to attend a taster session? Can I just turn up at preseason?
If you’re new to football it’s advisable that you attend taster sessions to learn the fundamentals of the sport and at the same time make sure you actually enjoy playing rather than watching. Attending a taster session is the best way to start the process of signing up for the club and more details can be found on www.webcollect.org.uk/blitz.
I am 16 and not sure if I want to play Under 17 or Under 19?
Choosing between being the oldest for one age group or youngest for another can be a difficult decision. Our coaches will work with you during the early stages of pre-season and help you come to a decision to find the ideal team which would support your development and football experience.
I am 14 and unsure if I would play flag or youth kitted football?
Flag football is an exciting element of football with many of the current U19 and U17 squads starting at this level and winning National Championships. Players (14-16) will be able to sign up for both forms of football for the season. Be sure to speak to a coach at your first session to find out more.
Is there a membership fee to train with the club?
If you no-longer want to just try the sport (taster sessions) and officially join the team, then to continue playing the sport you must be registered on webcollect and signed up as a full member (via the subscription page). Full details can be found on webcollect
What are the dates, times and location of youth, junior or flag games for the season?
We will be attending a league scheduling meeting at the start of February, it traditionally takes around 4 weeks to finalise the details (confirming venues, medical cover, etc.)
Once the details have been confirmed we will email all players and parents via webcollect to announce the schedule for the upcoming schedule.
What are the membership costs?
We offer a flexible payment option which helps parents and players budget for the season. A breakdown of costs is listed below:
Kitted Players U17 and U19 teams
- Club Fee - £55 which include a free club gift of a polo shirt*
- The club fee helps cover club costs for the season, such as facilities and practice ground hire, equipment etc. This fee includes all training sessions.
- League Fee – between £17 - £22
- This fee is usually due for payment in March of each year. It is a league fee that covers your individual insurance cover which all players must pay for. Details will follow shortly.
- Game Fee - £15 per game or tournament
- This fee helps cover the cost of coach / minibus travel, medical cover and referees for each game. U17 will have around 4/5 tournaments a year and U19 around 6 games a year (not including any playoff or finals).
- Bottom Sets - £35
- This is the protective pads, belt and pants needed by players. This is required shortly after the player signs fully for the club.
- Club Fee - £25 which include a free club polo shirt*
- Game Fee - £15 per tournament
- This fee helps cover the cost of coach / minibus travel. Flag teams will have around 4/5 tournaments a year (not including any playoff or finals).
1st year university players
- Club Fee - £25 which include a polo shirt*
- The club fee helps cover club costs for the season, such practice facilities and equipment. This fee includes all training.
Why is there not just a flat subscription fee?
This method of payment means that players and parents do not pay out fully for a whole season and are able to pay for only the games that they attend.
Our fee structure also means that late subscribers only pay the relevant game fees for the part of the season they play. This ensures we keep the cost as low for our players and make it as manageable as possible.