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Spartans rookie sessions announced!

The Spartans are delighted to announce details of our taster sessions for all three teams.

Anyone aged over 18 and wishing to try out for the senior team should attend one of the following FREE sessions:

  • Sunday 29th November 2015: Parsloes Park, Dagenham - 12pm - 2pm
  • Sunday 6th December 2015: PlayFootball, Chase High School, Southend-on-Sea - 2.30pm - 4.30pm
  • Sunday 13th December 2015: Hannakins Farm, Billericay - 12pm - 2pm

For those aged 18 or under, the Academy are running "Football 101" sessions which are open to all.

The first of these FREE sessions will be held at The Gateway Academy, Tilbury, on Sunday, November 29th.

The session will run from 10am until 1pm and will consist of an hour classroom session before moving to the all-weather pitch. The Academy caters for anyone aged between 14 and 18.

For more details on the Academy, join our Facebook Recuitment page which can be found here, or email us.

Anyone wishing to attend a taster session for the Academy will be required to complete a registration form - this can be downloaded here, and should be printed out, completed, and brought with you. We will have copies available on the day for anyone who is unable to complete one prior to the session. Without a completed form, you will be unable to take part in the session!

Anyone wishing to attend any session, adult or Academy, should wear clothing suitable for exercising outdoors, and footwear suitable for astroturf/grass. Bring a gumshield, and plenty of water!

Got questions? We have answers! Take a look at our FAQ for those wishing to attend the taster sessions here!

We look forward to meeting you all there!

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.

The Academy needs YOU!

Have you got what it takes to become part of the coaching staff at the Academy?

After our incredible 2015 seasons, we are looking to build on our achievements and add additional coaches to help the Academy continue to progress. Anyone interested can find more details here, and we look forward to receiving your application!

With the Spartans Academy seasons now at an end, Media Officer Emma Murphy took some time to sit down with Head Coach Steve Watson to discuss the incredible year the U17 and U19 teams have had - and his plans for the future. You can read the full interview here.

The Spartans senior team were delighted to assist our old friends the Maidstone Pumas in their Associate process with a friendly game on Sunday, August 30th.

You can read the mtahc report here, and we wish Maidstone all the best as they continue the process of rejoining the League in time for the 2016 season!

We've reached the end of our journeys for the 2015 season - and what journeys they have been!

Our U17 Academy team, the final Spartans team in competitive action this season, saw their impressive season come to an end with the playoff event, hosted by the Cornish Sharks. After the long trek to Newquay, the young Spartans were unable to secure a spot at BritBowl, losing to the Farnham Knights and eventual tournament winners Solent Thrashers. However, it wasn't all bad news, as the U17's did secure the first Spartan playoff victory for many years with a convincing win over the hosting Sharks to end their season.

All three Spartan teams will now take some time to recharge batteries, ready for the 2016 campaigns - watch this space for more exciting details coming soon!

And, of course, there's the small matter of the end of season presentation, which will be held at our home ground of Hannakins farm, on Saturday, October 10th!

Thank you all for following us this season - and we hope to see you all again soon!

Spartans unveil partnership with MyProtein

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  • Essex Spartans 14 - 19 Bury Saints


    The Spartans opened their 2015 campaign with a hard-fought loss to the Bury Saints

    Full Report

  • Essex Spartans 12 - 31 London Blitz B


    The Spartans slipped to defeat in a tough contest, going down 12-31 to London Blitz B

    Full Report | Multimedia

  • Essex Spartans 12 - 22 London Hornets


    The Spartans showed real signs of improvement, but sadly slipped to their third defeat of the season against the visiting London Hornets

    Full Report | Multimedia

  • Essex Spartans 24 - 14 Ipswich Cardinals


    VICTORY! The Spartans took their first win against the visiting Ipswich Cardinals, 24-14

    Full Report | Multimedia

  • Essex Spartans 28 - 27 Wembley Stallions


    The Spartans went 2-for-2 with a thrilling 28-27 victory over League new boys Wembley Stallions.

    Full Report | Multimedia

  • Essex Spartans 6 - 55 Bury Saints


    The Spartans saw their winning streak snapped by the table-topping Bury Saints.

    Full Report

  • Essex Spartans 38 - 14 London Blitz B


    On an emotional Tony Palmer Night, the Spartans put the Blitz B to the sword under the Saturday Night Lights

    Full Report | Multimedia

  • Essex Spartans 24 - 24 London Hornets


    The Spartans continued their push for the playoffs with a thrilling 24-24 tie with the London Hornets

    Full Report

  • Essex Spartans 14 - 21 Ipswich Cardinals


    The Spartans saw their post-season hopes dashed with defeat at the hands of the Ipswich Cardinals

    Full Report

  • Essex Spartans 14 - 20 Wembley Stallions


    The Spartans ended their 2015 season with their annual Wear It Pink game for Breast Cancer Awareness under the Saturday Night Lights against Wembley Stallions

    Full Report | Multimedia

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.

Academy Football 101

Gateway Academy

Sunday, November 29th

10:00am - 1:00pm


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Adult Rookie Session 2

Parsloes Park, Dagenham

Sunday, November 29th

12:00pm - 2:00pm

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