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New Year - new home!

The Spartans organisation is thrilled to announce a new home for the 2016 season, and beyond.

Training for all three teams and Academy home games will now take place at The Gateway Academy, Tilbury, with home games for the senior team to be held at Thurrock Rugby Club, Grays.

With vastly-expanding competitive squads across three teams, a growing coaching staff, and a team of hard-working welfare and administrative volunteers, the move provides a bigger base for the club along with extensive facilities for both weekly training and match days.

The move marks only the second relocation for the club in its 27-year history, with Basildon and Billericay being previous home grounds.

Spartans chairman Ray Towey said: "The move to The Gateway Academy is extremely positive for all of us, the Spartans Academy especially whom benefit extensively from this change.

"The facilities on offer at The Gateway Academy will ultimately allow the Spartans to grow together as a unit, whilst maintaining the exciting and popular game day experience that fans have come to expect from the Essex Spartans.

"In light of this change however, we do extend our most fervent thanks to Hannakins Farm in Billericay for giving the Spartans a home for the past ten years.”

Many people were involved in this relocation project, and the Spartans would like to especially thank Garyjohn Warren for all his diligent work in securing The Gateway Academy as our new home for the Spartans Academy and our training venue for all three teams, and also Emma Murphy for securing the senior team home venue of Thurrock Rugby Club.

We would also like to thank Lisa Thorne, at The Gateway Academy, for all the excellent help provided during the difficult relocation process.

Training for the 2016 season is already underway, with competitive fixtures for all three teams beginning in April.

Read more about The Gateway Academy here, and read more about Thurrock Rugby Club here.

Pre-season training gets underway

Its time to get 2016 underway with the start of pre-season training for the Academy and seniors.

For those aged 18 or under, pre-season training for the Academy runs every Sunday at 9:15am. The session will begin with equipment allocation, before moving to the all-weather pitch for a prompt 10am training start. Training will finish at 12:30pm.

Anyone wishing to attend should bring clothing suitable for exercising outdoors, a gumshield, footwear suitable for astroturf (no metal studs or blades), and plenty of water - and did we mention a gumshield? No gumshield, no training!

Any new players who wish to attend 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 training!

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

For the seniors, pre-season training runs every Sunday from 12:30pm, and finishes at 3:00pm.

Got questions? We have answers! Take a look at our FAQ here!

We look forward to meeting you all!

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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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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