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Football 101 Sessions Completed

The Spartans recruitment continues from strength to strength, as droves of new recruits attended specialist ‘Football 101’ sessions.

Led by the team’s coaching staff and with assistance from seasoned vets, three sessions were held at the team’s home ground of Hannakins Farm, Billericay to enhance the knowledge and skills of those completely new to the sport.

New players experienced classroom sessions outlining plays, drills and game rules before putting their new knowledge into practice outside. Sessions were run for both the Academy and the Senior teams, with all training together on one particularly successful day.

Aaron Miller, defensive end and 2014 MVP, assisted at these sessions as a veteran and was impressed with the commitment shown. “The turnout every week is unbelievable, not to mention the effort they are putting in,” he said.

“One of the Rookies thought the vets were there training too, because of the sheer numbers and standard of the attending players.”

Kris Bowser, 32, was one of several potential players who attended all four Come and Try sessions across Essex, and felt the benefits of the Football 101s.

“My knowledge of the game now, compare to before I started the 101 sessions, is a thousand miles apart,” he said.

“The coaches are brilliant and very patient in how they teach.

“I feel like I have a good foundation going into full training sessions now.”

Formal training for all teams begins in February.

Senior team looks to recruit new coaches

The Essex Spartans are looking for positional coaches to join our senior team programme.

Experience is preferred and coaches should hold at least a BAFCA Level 1 cert or be willing to obtain this qualification at the earliest available opportunity (course fees are covered by the club).However we are also interested in hearing from anyone who is looking to get started in coaching regardless of previous football experience and certification held.

The Spartans are based in Billericay, Essex and are in the Southern Football Conference 2 for the 2015 season. We have a strong off field management structure, a newly formed academy running both U17 and U19 teams, a strength and conditioning coach, dedicated facilities and a committed coaching team. 2015 recruitment is in full swing and we will return a high % of our 2014 team.

If you would like to know more, please contact our HC Seán Benton via email

Superbowl party details

The Essex Spartans are proud to once again be hosting our annual Super Bowl Party, this year at The Golden Fleece pub in Duke Street, Chelmsford.

Arizona plays host to Super Bowl XLIX in 2015, so our up-all-night football fest will commence at 9pm on Sunday 1st February.

Tickets are £12 and guarantee entry to the party, where you will be able to watch the match in full, plus a meal (vegetarian option available) and half-time snack.

A limited number of just 100 tickets are on sale NOW! Order yours via email. Please note – over 18s only.

See you there!

RSVP on Facebook – but don't forget to buy your ticket!

Commerical update

"Whilst 2014 was certainly a great season for the Spartans on the field, off the field, we certainly enjoyed our finest year commercially. We were able to secure some great sponsors for the 2014 season, with 8 players securing Player Sponsorship deals, we also were able to secure a great deal for travel to & from games for our Youth & Junior team with Dons Coaches which will hopefully be expanded upon for the 2015 season. We also entered the final year with Ed's Easy Diner who were our main sponsor for the 2012-2014 seasons."

"We also saw record sales on our team store with Football America UK & hope top have a new range out in time for the 2015 season – so watch this space!

"As we enter 2015 we will be looking at securing sponsors for the Essex Spartans Academy & Senior teams

"If you are interested in finding out more information or wish to sponsor us please email the team."

Full list of sponsors

Ed's Easy Diner - Team

Marston Group - Team

TrainingSkinz - Rob Downes

Wirewitch – Craig Willis

PotsofPetals – Gary Warren

Walton Hall Farm – Tom Langford

Don's of Dunmow – Dean Payne

Hotshots Barbers – David Macpherson

Bluewater Tiling – Will Pugh

LowTaxGroup – Ashley Goring

Spartans receive funding boost from Ford

The Essex Spartans have received £100 of funding from Ford Britain Trust to pay for First Aid training for more of its members.

After an application submitted in October, the Essex Spartans were chosen from a great number of applicants to receive an amount of community funding.

Whilst the club enjoys the talents of a dedicated team physiotherapist and strength and conditioning coach, the committee felt expanding the basic first aid knowledge of as many of those involved in the club as possible should be a priority.

This gift from Ford Britain Trust will part-fund a First Aid training course for up to ten members.

Club chairman Ray Towey said: “The Essex Spartans would like to thank the Ford Britain Trust for the grant that has been awarded to us.

“Ford are one of only a few companies that put money aside to help their local community and we are very grateful to them.”

Everyone at the Essex Spartans American Football club extends their gratitude to all those involved in the decision-making process.

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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.

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.

Senior Voluntary Workout

Hannakins Farm, Billericay

1st February 2015

12pm - 2pm

Academy Pre-Season Training

Hannakins Farm, Billericay

Every Sunday

1pm - 4pm - Arrive early for kit allocation

Superbowl Party

Golden Fleece, Chelmsford

1st February 2015

9pm - late

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