On Wednesday evening, the Portsmouth Dreadnoughts Academy was invited to an event at the House of Lords, hosted by Lord Taylor of Warwick, to celebrate the success of the Jacksonville Jaguars ‘JagTag’ programme in impacting young people and communities across the UK with their grassroots activities.
In attendance from the Portsmouth Dreadnoughts Academy were Academy Chair Sam Guillen and Academy Team Manager Georgia Teague. They joined with other coaches and representatives from programmes across the UK who have been working alongside the Jacksonville Jaguars to introduce American Football into schools, bringing the sport to a new generation of young people.
As Academy Chair, I was extremely proud and grateful to be invited along with Georgia to represent the Dreadnoughts at the Jaguars’ event. It was a great opportunity to meet not only people involved in the organisation but also other JagTag coaches. We were able to swap ideas about best practice, that will only serve to enhance what we can offer our Academy members.
We are excited to be involved with JagTag in Portsmouth, and helping to grow the game. It’s only going to get bigger and better!
Thanks to the success of JagTag, thousands of children are currently playing the game and the Jaguars want to take the game even further and create the next generation of football fans and players.
The game is suitable for children of all abilities as they are taught basic techniques of throwing, catching, evading and defending before gradually up-skilling as they get more experience, eventually learning how to create their own in-game tactics.
It was a fantastic opportunity for us to represent the Dreadnoughts Academy at the House of Lords. We were fortunate enough to meet some likeminded people helping to grow the sport in the UK. I would like to thank Ryan Moore and all the Jaguars team working in the UK for investing in the future generation of footballers in this country. It was a truly inspiring evening.