This Saturday will see a spectacular showing of American football action and a first for ‘Fortess Atherstone’, as the Tamworth Phoenix U17’s host the eight-team Northern Youth Playoff tournment,
The U17 age group’s exciting five-a-side edition of the game will see the eight teams battle it out through a three game knockout format, determining who claims the two spots up for grabs at this season’s Britbowl tournament on September 12th at Doncaster Keepmoat, West Riding of Yorkshire.
The No. 1-ranked Phoenix U17’s, with support from players and coaches from the Phoenix adult team, will welcome the Northern Conference’s seven other qualifying teams as well as spectators for a noon start at the Atherstone Sports Hub (CV9 1LX).
With the top ranking, Phoenix U17 coach Ian Statham is aiming for nothing less than to qualify for this season’s Britbowl tournament and to get a shot at silverware.
“We got to the playoffs last year but got knocked out at the first stage, so we’re hoping to go one better this year and especially for those young men who will be moving onto next season’s new Phoenix U19 team.” Said Statham.
The tournament sees the higher seeds playing off against the corresponding lower seeds in the initial quarter-final round, with each team then advancing to the semi-final and ultimately the playoff final or playing for a final ranking after elimination.
For anyone interested in American football, anyone looking to find out more about the sport or those just looking to take in a showcase of one of the UK’s fastest growing sports and the Phoenix’s expanding community-based programme, the tournament represents a great afternoon’s action.
“This weekend is the biggest weekend for the programme in a while. These young athletes have supported the adult team at their homes games all of this year, they’re our future and it’ll be great to in turn show our support for them as well as continue building Fortress Atherstone with what will be a great event.” Said Tamworth Phoenix chairman James Hossack.
The Phoenix Adult team’s National Playoff semi-final clash, away to the London Warriors, also takes place on the day following the Northern Playoff tournament at the Atherstone Sports Hub. Coaches and players supporting the youth team and running the event will be happy to answer any questions about their semi-final, the sport of American football or the exciting development of next season’s new Phoenix U19 team.
As with the Phoenix Adult team’s games at the Atherstone Sports Hub through the 2015 season, entry will be free for the noon start and food will be available via the Sports Hub clubhouse, with money raised being used to fund the day’s first aid cover.
You can keep in touch with the news at the Phoenix and any updates building up to an exciting weekend of action by visiting www.facebook.com/TamworthPhoenix or the Phoenix Youth’s own Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/TamworthPhoenixYouth.
2015 YOUTH PLAYOFF TOURNAMENT – ATHERSTONE SPORTS HUB (CV9 1LX)
All welcome for a 12 noon start for three consecutive matches of 20 minutes halves.
Free entry, with food and refreshments available from the Sports Hub clubhouse.