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NFL's Jacksonville Jaguars return to the for annual Jaguars Academy in London

22 February 2017

Academy for UK players and coaches will return for its second year.

The National Football League’s Jacksonville Jaguars are returning to London this summer to give British amateur American football talent the chance to be coached by NFL professionals at the Jaguars Academy held at Brunel University in Uxbridge from July 13-15.

Jaguars’ coaching staff and former star players will be flying to the UK to run a three-day residential training camp which will give amateur players a genuine feel of practicing at the highest level. The academy is part of the Jaguars’ continued year-round commitment to growing participation and improving the game of American football in the UK.

The Jaguars Playing Academy will offer world-class coaching to the participants, providing coaching and guidance to all positions on the field, both offensive and defensive. Places are limited and the cost to attend is £250, which includes full kit, laundry, residency at Brunel and on-site food and beverages.

The goal of the Playing Academy is to improve the standard of the game in Britain by offering a level of coaching not available outside the NFL. At last year’s Playing Academy, 160 British and European players from 10 different countries including Denmark, Italy and Russia participated in the experience. Coaching was provided at the inaugural Academy by NFL Hall of Fame finalist and former Jaguars left tackle Tony Boselli, three-time Pro Bowl defensive lineman Marcus Stroud and current running back Denard Robinson.

“We’re excited to be returning to the UK for another year of the Jaguars Academy,” said Jaguars Head Coach Doug Marrone. “We couldn’t have been happier with the response from last summer’s inaugural event and in 2017, the academy will be even better. We have seen first-hand the growth of our sport in the UK and we want to put on the best event possible to help prospective players and coaches continue to learn about the NFL and the game of American football. We are excited about our Week 3 matchup with Baltimore at Wembley Stadium, but we are also pleased about the growth of our fan base in London and the increased knowledge of the NFL fans abroad.”

The Jaguars Academy will be suited to players with at least a year of playing experience and who are ready to push themselves in front of the Jaguars staff and show what British talent is all about. Training will take place during the day, while the evenings will be dedicated to film review with the coaches, as every training session will be taped.

Participant Lucie Stewart said: “It was absolutely amazing to have actual NFL coaches and former players taking you for training. It was honestly a dream come true.

“You really do have to take everything they say on board and they were so approachable if you had any questions even during breaks in the session. The whole event was fantastic and it is great that the Jags come and give that bit of extra attention to the UK.”

To sign up to this amazing opportunity, please head to www.jagscampandacademy.com and fully complete the registration. 

Along with the Playing Academy there will also be a UK-based one-day coaching clinic for amateur coaches at Brunel University on July 16. The day will be tailored to UK and Europe-based American football coaches looking to expand their knowledge and experience from first-hand NFL-level coaching with the ultimate goal of allowing coaches to return to their respective teams and improve team performance and individual player development. This Jaguars Coaching Academy is for any coach looking to further their experience and it will cost £50 per attendee.

The Jaguars Playing Academy and Jaguars Coaching Academy are both part of a broader strategy to improve and grow the game of American football in the UK To show their commitment, the Jaguars are also putting on a national flag American Football tournament, the Jaguars Se7ens Cup, and a schools programme, JagTag. With these programmes, the Jaguars are aiming to improve the quality and playing knowledge of American Football at the grassroots level.

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