By joining the London Blitz, you will become a member of a family ranging in age from seven years upwards consisting of players, coaches and backroom / sideline staff.
Being a championship winning club does not mean that we only take on those with experience and proven talent. Some of the best players in our Senior Team are those who started as either Senior Team rookies or came through our Junior Programme. All are welcome to join us and if you are willing to put in the effort and take advantage of the quality coaching that we provide, you too could become an experienced and proven member of our club.
This page will give you the information that you need to make the right choices and contact the right people.
Like any other sport, coaches are a vital part of our club. Their roles include planning campaigns and development of the teams over a number of years, managing the execution of games, coaching players on technique, and developing their fitness, agility and strength.
The current coaching staff has decades of international experience, and we are always looking to bring in new coaches across all levels of experience. For more information on coaching the 19+ teams please contact the Chairman, and for more information on the U19 teams please contact Coach Jason Henry.
All of our coaches are registered with the British American Football Coaches Association (BAFCA). Our coaches are expected join BAFCA and become qualified to at least Level One within the first year.
Your level of commitment is up to you. Coaches are expected to attend training and games, but many also spend a lot of time off the field reviewing game and practice film.
Like any organisation working with young people, anybody working our youth teams will need to undergo a CRB check
In January the London Blitz is hosting two rookie practice sessions on 15 and 22 January at Market Road. These two sessions will focus on teaching the basics to new players. If you already have prior experience, do come down to meet coaches and players. The first full combined practice for the seniors will be 29 January.
Please join the London Blitz Senior Team Recruitment 19+ Facebook Group for more information.
American Football is not a cheap sport to play, but we do our best to keep costs low as possible. The fees are:
You will need to bring:
When you arrive for the first time, introduce yourself to one of the coaches. Other players will be happy to help you identify the staff.
Remember, it will be cold in mid-January so wear appropriate clothes.
Absolutely, we welcome players from all ages and levels of experience. You will have high quality trainers who will be there to help you develop as a player and take you to the next level.
The club has a limited number of helmets and shoulder pads to lend to players each season. However our stock is limited and we strongly suggest that you invest in your own equipment once you decide to continue with the sport for the longer term. Do ask other players for suggestions and tips. This is also a good way to try on different brands. You can buy your kit online through our partner Football America, who will also attend some of our practices towards the end of January so that you can purchase equipment directly.
The schedule for the upcoming season is not finalised yet. Practice will start in January with the first game around April, with the season ending towards September.
Senior A Team
Wednesday: 19.00-21.00. Sunday: 13.00-16.00
Senior B Team
Wednesday: 19.00-21.00. Sunday: 12.00-14.00
Please see our Staff section.
No - The London Blitz is an amateur organisation. We are unable to pay players or provide other benefits.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
We train on Sunday morning at Finsbury Park Stadium. Times can vary so please check our online portal for more details.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
1st year university players
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.
No successful sports club can operate without the support of volunteers to help out at games and at other times. If you would like to contribute to the club as a non-playing volunteer, we would love to hear from you. Please contact the Chairman for more information. Those helping out the Youth teams will need a CRB check.