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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.

Academy opponents for 2017 announced

Following on from the release of the senior teams opponents for 2017, we are delighted to advise the opponents for our Academy U17 and U19 teams for their 2017 campaigns.

Our U17 team will host one home tounament, when we will welcome the Kent Exiles Rebels, Kent Exiles Outlaws, and Kent Phoenix to our home ground of Thurrock RFC.

We will also travel to three further tournaments - the Kent Phoenix, where we will play the hosting Phoenix, Kent Exiles Rebels, and East Kent Mavericks; the Cobham Cougars Varsity, where we will play hosts Cougars Varsity, Kent Exiles Rebels, and Ouse Valley Eagles; and the Hertfordshire Cheetahs, where we renew our rivalries with the hosting Cheetahs and the London Blitz, and also play the Wembley Stallions.

Our U19 team will play home games against London Warriors, Kent Exiles, and Cambridgeshire Cats. We will travel to play the London Blitz, Hertfordshire Cheetahs, and Wembley Stallions.

If you want to join the Academy, or would like to be kept up to date with all things Spartan, please email us.

Adult Division for 2017 announced

Following on from BAFA releasing the structure for the National League, the Spartans see some changes to their Division in the 2017 season.

We say goodbye to both the London Hornets and Cambridgeshire Cats who are promoted and we wish them well in Division 1.

With a reshuffle of Division 2, following new associate teams added this year, we welcome both the East Kent Mavericks and East Essex Sabres to the SFC2 East.

Fixtures for the 2017 season are yet to be announced but the team are raring to go with our 101 programme still underway at the Gateway Academy.

If you want to join the team, or would like to be kept up to date with all things Spartan, please email us.

Recruitment details announced

Essex Spartans are pleased to reveal details of our 2017 recruitment process for both Academy and senior programmes.

Our Academy hold pre-season training every Sunday at The Gateway Academy from 10am until 12:30pm - arrive early for equipment allocation at the storage container in the back car park!

Anyone wishing to join the Academy is encouraged to join our Facebook Recruitment Group, where all details will be made available.

If you're attending your first session, please download and complete the registration form and bring it with you on the day - the form can be found here.

If you require any further information, we would encourage you to email the Academy, and don't forget to sign up to our mailing list, which can be found here.

Our senior team hold pre-season training every Sunday at our home ground of The Gateway Academy, Tilbury from 12:30pm - 3:00pm.

To find out more about the senior team and the recruitment process, please email us.

It's an exciting time to be a Spartan - don't miss the opportunity to become part of a dynamic and forward-thinking organisation!

2017 starts here!

Following the recent 2016 AGM, the Spartans are delighted to confirm the new management committee who will guide the organisation on to more successes in 2017 and beyond!

The 2017 Spartans organisation committee officials are;

  • Chairman - Garyjohn Warren
  • Secretary - Elizabeth Walker
  • Treasurer - Danny Shilling
  • Social Secretary - Steve Clements
  • Commercial Secretary - Yuce Yurtcanli
  • Coaches Representative - Sean Benton
  • Players Representative - Aaron Millar

The Spartans are still looking to add to the management commitee, with positions of welfare officer and gameday manager still vacant - anyone interested in finding out more should email our chairman.

The committee are working hard behind the scenes to finalise details of the 2017 recruitment days for all three teams, full details of which will be released soon!

Additionally, our Academy are looking to recruit more coaches to help build on the outstanding success of 2016 - to find out more, click here.

It's an exciting time to be a Spartan - don't miss the opportunity to become part of a dynamic and forward-thinking organisation!

Academy U17's finish National Finals ranked 4th

The Essex Spartans Academy U17 team saw their 2016 campaign end with a 4th-placed finish at the National Finals this weekend, following an undefeated regular season and the title of Outer London East Division Winners.

The young Spartans travelled to Doncaster for the Finals Day, or BritBowl, and entered as one of the top-seeded teams following their impressive season. They would be joined by the Chester Romans, East Kilbride Pirates, Birmingham Bulls, Lincolnshire Bombers, Solent Thrashers, Cobham Cougars, and Kent Exiles.

On a cold and rainy day, the Spartans, wearing their new teal throwback jerseys, faced off against old foes and South East Division Champions Kent Exiles in the oprning round of the knockout competition. Games between these two teams are always tight and hard-fought, and this matchup would prove to be no different.

You can read the full report here.


Ridge turns pro for European Gladiators

Essex Spartans senior player Jonny Ridge will leave the team for 2017 after accepting an offer to play for professional Division A French side Gladiateurs de la Queue-en-Brie.

You can read the full report here.

Academy reveal new jerseys for National Finals and beyond

The Essex Spartans Academy are proud to unveil the new jerseys that will be worn by both U17 and U19 teams.

The new jerseys, made by Champro, feature a teal body, in a throwback to the original jerseys worn by the first Spartans team in 1999. The Spartans current colours of black and gold are retained within the jersey sleeves and numbers. The team name features across the back, with the initials ESA on the front.

Our Tony Palmer Memorial shield also features on the jerseys left shoulder.

The jerseys will make their competitive debut when the Essex Spartans Academy take part in this years U17 National Championships after winning the Outer London East Division.

Sending our Academy to Sheffield is going to be expensive, and we are asking for any individuals or companies who would be able to help us in our mission to donate via our GoFundMe page, which can be found here.

We thank anyone who is generous enough to donate, and to play their part in an historic day for the Essex Spartans organisation!

Seniors end 2016 campaign with defeat

The Spartans senior team put their 2016 season firmly in the rear-view mirror with defeat against the Division Champions London Hornets.

You can read the full match report here.


The Essex Spartans Under-17 team are 2016 Outer London East Division Champions!

The young Spartans ended their third tournament of the year with 9 victories from 9 games, and with Bedfordshire slipping to an upset defeat against Hertfordshire, the Spartans were crowned Divisional Champions!

The full story of this magnificent achievement can be found here, and the full report of the third tournament can be found here.

Anyone aged 14 and over interested in playing for the Spartans should email us for details.

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.

Spartans unveil partnership with MyProtein

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  • Essex Spartans 14 - 18 London Blitz B


    The Spartans opened their 2016 campaign with a heartbreaking loss to the London Blitz B

    Full Report

  • Essex Spartans 9 - 48 London Hornets


    The Spartans fell heavily to the London Hornets in their second game of 2016

    Full Report

  • Essex Spartans 12 - 32 Wembley Stallions


    Essex blues continued for the Spartans as they dropped to 0-3 with a loss to the visiting Wembley Stallions.

    Full Report | Multimedia

  • Essex Spartans 12 - 14 Cambridgeshire Cats


    The Spartans slipped to another defeat, going down to the Cambridgeshire Cats 12-14.

  • Essex Spartans 10 - 20 Wembley Stallions


    The Spartans played tough, but slipped to defeat against the Division-leading Wembley Stallions.

  • Essex Spartans 3 - 24 Cambridgeshire Cats


    Heartbreak continued for the Essex Spartans on Sunday as they went 0-6 at a feisty Cambridgeshire Cats side.

    Full Report

  • Essex Spartans 27 - 6 Ipswich Cardinals


    It was a case of better late than never for the Essex Spartans on Sunday as they took their first win of the season over the Ipswich Cardinals.

    Full Report

  • Essex Spartans 8 - 21 London Blitz B


    The Spartans slipped to another home defeat, this time at the hands of London Blitz B, 8-21.

  • Essex Spartans 23 - 7 Ipswich Cardinals


    The Spartans finished a perfect day of football with their second win of the season, 23-7 over the winless cardinals

    Full Report | Multimedia

  • Essex Spartans 18 - 27 London Hornets


    The Spartans ended their 2016 season with their annual Wear It Pink game for Breast Cancer Awareness against London Hornets

    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 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.

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