Bourne base for new American Football team
A newly-formed American football team which aims to serve South Lincolnshire and the greater Peterborough area is to set up its base in Bourne.
The South Lincs Lightning has arranged to share the facilities at Bourne Rugby Club’s ground in Milking Nook Drove.
The recently-established club has already formed its own committee and has now started a recruitment drive for new players to join their ranks.
They plan to stage an open player rookie day on Sunday, January 24, from 1pm at Bourne Rugby Club in the next stage of their development plan. This, of course, depends on future COVID-19 tier announcements.
A club statement said: “We’re a new American football family serving the South Lincolnshire and greater Peterborough area.
“Our aim is first and foremost to build a sustainable team that encourages new and experienced players alike to embrace the sport and our vision for what we want the team to be.
“What started out as a Facebook page enquiring if there was local interest soon gained hundreds of followers and brought together a core group of people that form our committee as well as a significant number of potential players registering their interest in the team.
“Through a social media poll our team name was decided and we then began the practicalities of forming.
“After talks and much anticipation, we are now proud to announce our partnership with Bourne Rugby Club which we will officially be calling our home.
“We would like to thank the Bourne rugby committee for giving us the opportunity to bring our sport to the surrounding areas and for sharing our vision for the future of the sport and our team.
“We hope this can be a long lasting relationship which will help both clubs grow for years to come.”
Rich Young has been named as the new chairman of the Lightning with Glen Chapman as his deputy.
Steve George has taken on the secretary role with Darryl Challis the club treasurer and Martin Stevens as their welfare officer.
The club statement added: “Our ultimate goal is to gain league status with BAFA and to do this we will work closely with them and the greater Britball community to do things the right way, to grow our team naturally and build strong relationships with the other teams in the various leagues.
“We want to share our love of the sport and help to grow the game so positive relationships and sharing of experiences will be an integral part of this.
“We understand the challenges involved in starting a team from scratch, but with invaluable advice from other teams and a dedicated committee that contains a wealth of experience we’re confident that we can build a team that’s an asset to the league and the communities we serve.
“First and foremost we want to build a supportive team environment where we pick each other up and help all members of the team to get better every day in the mental and physical aspects of the sport increasing confidence and fitness levels in the process.
“The wonderful thing about the sport is that there’s a position for all shapes and sizes and we will work with our players to identify the best position for them and help them grow into it so they can confidently contribute to the team.
“The football family also incorporates all involved in the Britball community and we will hold ourselves to high standards when it comes to sportsmanship and all of our dealings with other teams.
“The safety of our players and anyone we play against or train with will be of the utmost importance as we want to grow the sport and create positive experiences around it.”
Anyone interested in joining the team should e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org