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Academy Youth reach halfway stage undefeated

The Essex Spartans Under-17 team made it 6 wins from 6 games with victories in their second tournament of 2016.

Colchester Gladiators were the hosts for the Outer London East tournament, featuring youth teams from Hertfordshire Cheetahs and Bedford Blackhawks as well as the Spartans.

The Spartans, who went into the tournament top of the table, claimed a narrow 6-0 victory over the host Gladiators in a tense encounter, before a shootout with the Cheetahs ended 48-36 in the Spartans favour.

Bedfordshire were forced to withdraw from the final game due to low player numbers, handing the Spartans the victory, and the perfect 6-0 record at the midway point of the campaign.

The full story can be found here.

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Spartans drop home opener to visiting Stallions

Essex blues continued for the Spartans as they went 0-3 on their first home game at a new venue on Saturday night.

Despite strong defensive presence, two late touchdowns and an interception early on, it was impossible for the home side to tame the now table-topping Wembley Stallions under the lights.

You can read the full match report here.

On a more positive note, the organisation raised over £600 for the Air Ambulance charity - read more here.

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.

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

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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 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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