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Spartans Youth & Junior seek new leader

The Essex Spartans are inviting applications for the vacant position of Junior/Youth Head Coach.

The Spartans are a growing organisation with Adult, Junior and Youth kitted teams. Our Juniors and Youth have just completed their first season competing in the BAFA South Eastern conference. We have recently been awarded a Sport England grant of £10,000 with which we have fully kitted our teams with game day and practise clothing. We also have excellent practise equipment, filming and analysis software. The Spartans have an annual coaching budget which has provision for the payment of coaches BAFA fees.

The Head coach will have the full support of the Spartans committee and we additionally have a Welfare officer and Admin support in place.

The Spartans train every Sunday from 11:0 am until 2pm from February until September.

Rookie days will take in November followed by football 101 sessions in December/January. Pre-Season starts in late January with training then every Sunday through to the end of August as stated.

The head coach responsibilities are as follows:

• Maintain safety standards and ensure at all times the Junior/Youth members of the club are protected while enjoying American Football.

• Plan each practice and share that plan with all coaches at least 24 hours in advance of each session.

• Adhere to and promote all the Spartan organisations rules as set out by the organisations constitution, code of conduct and Welfare policy.

• Hold a minimum of a Level 1 BAFCA Coaching Badge and be working towards Level 2.

• Attend a minimum of 90% of all training sessions and 100% of all games.

• Work with the committee, Senior coaching staff, Youth/Junior Secretary and Welfare officer to manage all aspects of the youth/junior programme.

• Provide input into the running of the overall Spartan organisation.

• Recruit and appoint position coaches with support from all parties.

• Support the organisation with coaching elements of events and recruitment.

The successful candidate will need to undergo a CRB/DBS check.

To apply: Please include a copy of your coaching CV, and a brief outline of why you would like to become the Spartans Youth/Junior Head coach to on or before Wednesday September 10th

Annual Presentation Night details released

The Spartans are pleased to announce details of the annual Presentation Evening, which will be held at Maya's World Buffet in Southend on Saturday, October 18th at 7:00pm. Tickets are available for purchase at £17.50 for adult and £10 for children (3-10 years, under-3's free entry) and includes an all-you-can-eat buffet. To order yours, please email

Full details of the Spartans offseason plans for Senior, Youth, and Junior teams, including dates for this years "Come and Try" sessions, will be announced in due course.


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Cecil Martin visits the Spartans

The Spartans would like to thank Sky NFL TV presenter and former NFL player Cecil Martin for his recent visit to Hannakins Farm, which was an incredible success.

Cecil conducted an hour-long coaching session for children between the ages of 10-18, followed by an hour of questions and answers, a short speech, and some time for autographs and photographs. With the April showers holding off just long enough, the training session was well attended with various members of the Spartans coaching staff and senior team able to assist Cecil and learn from the great man himself.

The motivational skills of Cecil were evident in his address to those attending the event, and some interesting questions provoked some truly insprirational responses.

For more, read our special report written by the Spartans own Conor Porter here. Additionally, the Spartans were delighted to be joined by Emma Webb, a freelance sports journalist who has had her article and interview with Cecil published on the website - the article can be found here, with the interview here. Great work by both Conor and Emma!

Thanks again Cecil!

Presentation Evening

Saturday, October 18th


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