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Academy Youth schedule confirmed

The Spartans are delighted to confirm the schedule for our U17 Academy team.

Our youngest players play their games in the form of a day-long, round-robin tournament where they play 3 games. We host one tournament, and travel to 3 more, giving a total of 12 games.

For the first time, we start our season by hosting our home tournament on Sunday, May 14th at Thurrock Rugby Club. We will host the Colchester Gladiators, East Kent Mavericks, and Kent Phoenix.

To view the full schedule, click here.

To find out more, or if you have any questions regarding the Academy, please email us.

Spartans open with victory over Sabres

The Spartans opened their 2017 Adult campaign with a tense victory over League newbies East Essex Sabres.

Read the full report here.

To view the full senior 2017 schedule, click here.

If you want to join the team, or would like to be kept up to date with all things Spartan, please email us.

The big interview - Head Coach Benton speaks!

With the opening fixture of the 2017 season just around the corner, our media officer sat down with senior Head Coach Sean Benton to talk about the upcoming season.

Read what Coach Benton had to say here.

To view the full senior 2017 schedule, click here.

If you want to join the team, or would like to be kept up to date with all things Spartan, please email us.

Adult schedule for 2017 announced

It's almost gameday! The Spartans are proud to reveal full details of our 2017 adult schedule.

Our senior team open with a trip to Country rivals East Essex Sabres on April 9th, before our home opener when we welcome the Ipswich Cardinals to Thurrock Rugby Club on 7th May.

To view the full schedule, click here.

If you want to join the team, or would like to be kept up to date with all things Spartan, please email us.

We're recruiting!

The Spartans are recruiting!

As always were on the lookout for anyone who's willing to give their time and effort to help us run the club across all, any of our teams, either in a position on the committee, coaching or as help on match days (there's a pint and burger for that one too). We can't have too many helping hands and the more the merrier. If you want to offer the Spartans your time we'll find a way to get you involved.

We currently have vacancies for the following:

  • Club Chairman
  • Club Welfare Officer

If anyone would like to apply to be chairman as an interim position until someone more permanent comes on board please email the secretary below by Tuesday 7th March.

We also want to expand our social media presence so if you have skills you'd like to lend from Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Youtube or Snapchat, or you'd be willing to help with running the club's website we'd like to hear from you.

If you fancy getting involved or want to know a little bit more please email us.

Academy achieve "School Games Friendly" certification

The Spartans are delighted to announce that the Academy has recently been awarded their "School Games Friendly" certification.

The School Games is a unique opportunity to motivate and inspire millions of young people across the country to take part in more competitive school sport. Joining the Youth Sport Trust and the School Games enters BAFA into a new world of opportunity and communication with the potential to grow participation of the sport at junior and youth level in a way that has not been done before.

By joining the scheme, and achieving the certification, the Academy will be available to any schools throughout the country who are involved in the School Games project to assist with the introduction of American football as a sport played by their pupils, and open avenues to allow these pupils to then continue with the sport outside of school or college.

The Spartans Academy would like to thank BAFA Manager for Schools Rob Rooskby for all his assistance and guidance in helping us to achieve this certification, and we look forward to working with Rob in the future to continue to offer American football to more and more young men and women throughout Essex.

To find out more, or if you have any questions regarding the Academy, please email us.

Academy U17's finish National Finals ranked 4th

The Essex Spartans Academy U17 team saw their 2016 campaign end with a 4th-placed finish at the National Finals this weekend, following an undefeated regular season and the title of Outer London East Division Winners.

The young Spartans travelled to Doncaster for the Finals Day, or BritBowl, and entered as one of the top-seeded teams following their impressive season. They would be joined by the Chester Romans, East Kilbride Pirates, Birmingham Bulls, Lincolnshire Bombers, Solent Thrashers, Cobham Cougars, and Kent Exiles.

On a cold and rainy day, the Spartans, wearing their new teal throwback jerseys, faced off against old foes and South East Division Champions Kent Exiles in the oprning round of the knockout competition. Games between these two teams are always tight and hard-fought, and this matchup would prove to be no different.

You can read the full report here.

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Clubmark Success!

The Essex Spartans are proud to announce that the organisation has received Clubmark accreditation from Sport England.

The Spartan organisation has been working towards accreditation for over two years with support from the staff at Active Essex.

Accreditation is based on four main areas of criteria: suitability of training and activity programmes including the provision of qualified coaching staff; duty of care and welfare; knowing your club and community; and club management.

Achievement of Clubmark accreditation shows that a club provides the right environment which ensures the welfare of members and encourages everyone to enjoy sport and stay involved throughout their lives.

An accredited club is recognised as a safe, rewarding and fulfilling place for participants of all ages as well as helping parents and carers know that they're choosing the right club for their young people.

Chairman Ray Towey said, “We are very proud to receive Clubmark accreditation.

“Working towards accreditation has benefitted us greatly as we have used the criteria to help us build a strong and robust organisation.

“It’s another significant step in our progress and we will now not just maintain but improve upon these standards that we have set ourselves.”

2015 saw the Spartans continue to improve on the field, with the U17 Academy team finishing 8-3-1, securing the organisations first playoff spot and victory since 1999, the U19 Academy team enjoying their first victories in team history to finish 2-4, and the seniors battling hard to finish 3-6-1. All three teams are looking forward to an active recruitment drive throughout the winter months.

If you are interested in joining South Essex’s only Clubmark-accredited American Football club, contact us for further information.


  • Essex Spartans 20 - 14 East Essex Sabres

    Sabres

    The Spartans opened their 2017 campaign with a tense victory over League new boys East Essex Sabres

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Tony Palmer

It is with great sadness and regret that we report the death of our founding father and chairman for more than 20 years, Tony Palmer. He passed away on 15th October 2014.

Tony did not just found the team; he was the lifeblood of the club for 25 seasons and his commitment, dedication, work rate and love of the team was second to none. Not only did Tony dedicate 25 years of his life to Essex football, he also was involved in many other projects and events during his time in the sport including the North/South All Star games, and volunteering at Britbowl amongst others.

Tony was truly a special man and a real unique character, known and respected throughout British American football. I know there are many people who have benefitted greatly from his experience, wisdom and sense of humour over the years.

Tony is survived by his devoted wife Sue, who also did an enormous amount of work for the club; his daughter Donna, son-in-law Aaron (a former Spartan player) and a beloved granddaughter and grandson.

Our players and staff extend their condolences to all of Tony’s family and friends, and wish them peace at this difficult time.

He will be greatly missed.

RIP Tony.

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