The Tamworth Phoenix Adult team play in the BAFA National Leagues. They currently compete in the Premiership North which is the top level of amateur American Football in the country. Since their promotion in the Division 1 final in 2010 the ‘Nix have been a Midlands powerhouse reaching the Premiership playoffs every year. The team’s goals are to increase participation in American Football in the UK, develop players into top level talent and to create a team that strives to play for each other.
After a season for the record books Head Coach Martin Hilton has announced that he will be stepping down. At the team’s end of season awards, Coach Hilton made the announcement to the players and Phamily.
Martin’s reputation speaks for itself, defensive coordinator (now HC) for the Loughborough Students, GB Lions Seniors & Students DBs coach and last but no means least a 30-4 record as HC for the Phoenix over 3 seasons, with a final season finishing undefeated and Britbowl XXXI winners. Upon stepping down Martin told the team that although he’s stepping down as HC, he will still be around, stating that “I love this team, being part of this phamily, its special and I want to help it continue to grow and improve.”
Martin took the reins for the ‘Nix at a point where many around the league thought their days were numbered. Since then, alongside a hardworking coaching staff and committee the team has gone from strength to strength.
“Coach Hilton is one of the most genuine, dedicated and humble coaches in the country.” Club President James Hossack said, “He came on board when the club needed him most and he has been obviously integral to our success. The players, team, club and sport owes Martin a huge amount and we’re grateful for his commitment during his tenure. He’ll be sorely missed but we’re glad he’ll still be a part of the team in a new capacity.”
The Phoenix will look to have a new HC in place by the teams AGM in October. OTAs for returning and new players will be announced shortly after.
Once again, the Phoenix would like to thank coach Hilton for his dedication and the success he has brought the club.
On Saturday 26th August 2017 at Sixways Stadium, Worcester Britball history was made. The Tamworth Phoenix, celebrating their ten year anniversary, saw off the heavily favoured London Blitz in a stunning 33-28 victory.
In front of a record breaking crowd and viewed by thousands online via live stream, the Phoenix came from behind in the fourth quarter to secure their first Britbowl Championship. You can watch the whole game below or the highlights here.
The victory also completed a perfect season for the ‘Nix – 12 wins, 0 losses.
Quarterback Patrick Daley took home the games MVP away and Ben Davies who scored a pick-6 to put the Phoenix in front won Defensive MVP.
The hard work doesn’t stop for the Phoenix organisation though with 3 under 17 taster sessions planned for Saturday 16th September, Saturday 23rd September and Saturday 30th September. All held at Atherstone Sports Hub, Ratcliffe Road, Atherstone, CV9 1LX 10.00am-12.00pm.
“Tamworth Phoenix would like to thank everyone for their support and messages regarding our injured player from the game with Lancashire.
We are pleased to say he’s been released from hospital following surgery and has been able to travel home to begin his recovery.
We are cooperating with BAFA in dealing with the incident but our focus for this weekend is travelling to East Kilbride to play the Pirates.”
Martin Hilton, Tamworth Phoenix HC