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Q. where is the team located?
A. The team trains and plays their home games out of North Hykeham, Lincolnshire. Just a 10 minute drive from Lincoln city centre. We have players from Peterborough, Spalding, Boston, Leicester, Grantham and even further afield!
Q. is american football for me?
A. Come along and try it. It might be the case that it isn’t for you which is fine. But you may discover a new sport to love and make loads of friends and get in shape at the same time.
Q. I’m not in great shape, shall I wait until I’m in better shape to join?
A. You’ll be in the same boat as many (including some of the founders) so don’t let fitness or lack thereof deter you from attending introductory sessions. Training will involve aspects of conditioning, fundamentals of the sport and drills to get you to a level where you can play the sport with a degree of confidence.
Q. Am I too, short, skinny, large etc. to play?
A. The short answer is no, you’re not. A slightly longer answer is that American football is a sport for all shapes and sizes from a 5’5” running back playing to a high level in college to fuller figured gentlemen manning the offensive lines and all in-between there is a position for your body type. Our coaches will work with you to find your best position and work with you to develop the skills necessary to be a useful member of the team.
Q. Do I need pads etc. to come to the introductory sessions?
A. No, rookie days, introductory sessions will not require a full complement of equipment. Bring plenty of water to stay hydrated, wear sensible sporting attire including football / rugby boots (or robust trainers) and you’ll be all set. If the sport is for you and you’re looking to play you will need a lot of equipment, but more on that in a moment.
Q. Will I get hurt?
A. There’s a chance in any sport of getting hurt and this increases with contact sports so in all likelihood the answer is yes. You’ll at the very least ache for a few days after training and or pick up a knock along the way. There’s no sugar coating this aspect, however many of the founders and players expressing an interest in joining have played previously and picked up injuries. They’re all eager to get back into it despite an extensive list of collective injuries. We will be taking the safety and wellbeing (mental and physical) of all the team incredibly seriously. Medical professionals are required to be on hand at all games and we have first aiders and mental health first aiders as part of the team who will be present at all times.
Q. I’m shy / an introvert and I'M scared to come along.
A. More of a statement than a question but it’s all good. Truth be told most people are to some degree when trying something new so please don’t worry, you already have at least one thing in common with everyone there in that you have an interest in American football, add to that there’ll be a lot of first timers there as well you’ll have enough to bond over and build relationships. We want this to have a welcoming, family feel where everyone on the team supports each other to get better and make the team work. If you’re happy to contribute to that you’re welcome here and we look forward to having you as a member of the Bombers family.
Q. Is American Football an expensive sport to play?
A. The answer is yes, it can be. However, we’re looking to source helmets and pads through funds obtained from sponsorship, but this isn’t guaranteed as it’s a strange time for many businesses so the amount we will receive is as yet unclear. If you were required to fund equipment yourselves, Football America (https://www.footballamerica.co.uk/en/content/27-introduction) offer starter packs with the majority of what you need to get started when contact practices and games start, these packs will give you an indication as to the costs involved. In addition to this there will be team subs (to fund training facilities, equipment etc.), BAFA registration and insurance.
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