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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.

Trial sessions overwhelming success

Four senior Come and Try sessions around Essex have led to the most successful recruitment drive in the club’s history.

More than 100 men aged 14 – 45 attended trial sessions for the Essex Spartans in Chelmsford, Dagenham, Southend-on-Sea and Billericay for both the senior team and Academy teams, with dozens returning more than once.

Assistant Head Coach Graeme Saint said he was overwhelmed by the talent shown and insists that the future looks brighter than ever for the Billericay-based club.

“We are absolutely delighted with the turnout, and in particular the skill and ability already being shown,” he said.

“We’ve had guys here who have played before, and guys who have never played before but that we just know, already, are going to be very, very good.

“They’ve just got it. It with a capital ‘I’.”

For more details on the Spartans senior team, please contact the team.

New Essex Spartans Academy head coach Steve Watson has hailed the most successful recruitment drive ever for the youth programme.

The newly-formed Essex Spartans Academy, a merger of former Youth and Junior teams, ran a series of three free ‘Come and Try’ sessions around Billericay and Chelmsford for young people aged 14-19.

Current players and coaching staff saw a turnout of more than 20 new starters per session, with some trialists returning for more than one.

Head Coach Watson said: “It's been fantastic to see so many young people come down and get involved in the Spartans Academy, and we have seen some great new talent give our sport a try.

“Hopefully everyone who has taken part has enjoyed their experience, and will return to us and sign up as a full member of the Spartans when pre-season training commences in January."

For more details, please contact the Academy.

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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.

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