Written by Alex Zyms for BAFA
The Canadian Football League, in partnership with the British American Football Association, held its first ever UK Combine on Saturday 25 January 2020, scouting for athletes that can represent a global pool of players at the Canadian combine in March.
The event, which took place at the Filton Acadamy in Bristol, saw 19 players of various positions try to catch the eye of CFL scouts, ranging from defensive backs to offensive lineman and a kicker.
And while running through a series of drills and exercises, all 19 contributed to an incredible overall display of athleticism, creating an impressive highlight reel for the Canadian coaches to take away. Check out the UK-CFL combine results in full.
While all who attended are now eligible to be drafted by any professional CFL team in 2020, one stand-out player has already been offered a spot at the spring combine in Toronto.
David Izinyon put in eye-catching performances throughout the day to secure his immediate selection to try-out amongst fellow Canadian and global hopefuls, including a phenomenal 28 reps of 100 kilograms on the bench press.
The linebacker said he was “over the moon” to be offered his place at the combine, and that the experience can inspire others by demonstrating that “you can make it from anything, you just have to trust and believe in yourself.”
The CFL will now continue its scouting mission across the globe, before re-evaluating the British player’s stats and video footage to likely offer more places at the Combine.
Watching on at the event in Bristol, Pete Ackerley, Chief Executive of BAFA, said:
"The first ever British American football combine with the Canadian Football League (CFL) has been a huge success, showcasing the fantastic level of talent and ability we have in the British game.
"All of our players should be immensely proud of the way they represented themselves, their teams, the sport and Great Britain. This event with the CFL has highlighted that we have a clear pathway for our best British athletes to reach the highest levels of the game.
"I am absolutely thrilled that David Izinyon will now have the chance to progress to the CFL Combine in March and represent British American football. I wish him all the luck in the world."
Photo by Martin Preedy