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Busy weekend ahead for Spartans

This weekend sees both seniors and Youth teams in action, hoping to keep their post-season hopes alive!

On Saturday, the Spartans Academy travel to Colchester to take on the hosting Gladiators, the table-topping Mavericks, and the third-plaved Exiles Outlaws. With only 6 games remaining in the 2017 regular season, the Youth team know they must put in some strong performances if they wish to secure their third trip to the post-season in as many seasons.

On Sunday, the seniors welcome the Wembley Stallions to Thames RFC. The Stallions currently lead the standings with an undefeated record, and after last weeks 14-40 defeat (report), the Spartans know they will need to be playing at their very best if they wish to maintain their chase for the playoffs.

Don't forget to follow our Twitter, Facebook, and ScoreStream updates for all our teams.

To view the full senior schedule, click here.

Open air cinema comes to Thames R.F.C.

The Spartans are pleased to advise that our home ground of Thames R.F.C will be holding an open air cinema event on Saturday, July 15th.

The rugby club will be showing the film Dirty Dancing - doors open at 7pm, with the film due to start at 9pm.

Tickets are available at £15 for over 16's, under 16's free. Please bring your own food and chairs. Drinks will be available from the bar until 12.

Anyone interested in attending should book their tickets via Chris Smith - click here for full details!

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.

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


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

    Full Report

  • Essex Spartans 17 - 0 Ipswich Cardinals


    The Spartans continued their strong start to 2017 with victory over the Ipswich cardinals

    Full Report

  • Essex Spartans 3 - 19 London Blitz B


    Unable to maintain their strong start to the season, the Spartans dropped their first game of the season against London Blitz B.

    Full Report

  • Essex Spartans 6 - 26 East Kent Mavericks


    The Spartans slipped to their second defeat, going down to the East Kent Mavericks 6-26.

    Full Report

  • Essex Spartans 13 - 12 London Blitz B


    The Spartans returned to winning ways with a thrilling 13-12 victory over London Blitz B.

    Full Report

  • Essex Spartans 14 - 40 Wembley Stallions


    The Spartans faced a tough test against the first-placed Wembley Stallions, and fell to a heavy defeat, 14-40

    Full Report

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.

Senior Game 8

Wembley Stallions

Thames RFC

Sunday, July 16th

Kickoff - 2:30pm

U17 Tournament Three

Colchester Gladiators

Colchester RFC

Saturday, July 15th

First game - 12:00pm