On May 12th 2012, the Portsmouth Dreadnoughts American Football Club was founded.
Since then, the club has grown from a small group practising in Horndean and Southsea into what it is today. The Adult side was recently promoted to Division 1 following a 7-1 season, the Womens Team has won a Division Two National Championship, and the Academy recently received a £10,000 grant from Sport England to kick start their progress.
We spoke to some key figures from the club and asked them to reflect on the past seven years of Dreadnoughts Football.
It’s hard to believe that the Portsmouth Dreadnoughts are seven years old this weekend. From what started as just a few lads throwing an American Football around to becoming a Division One side in this short time is a truly remarkable achievement.
The Coaches and Players have gone through a lot both on and off the field and it’s to their credit that the club is where it is today. Over the first few years we had no players from any of the local university teams to boost our numbers and this resulted in our roster being down to the bare minimum at times. But now this has all changed.
Luckily we now have a strong band of players from both Portsmouth and Chichester who have enhanced our ability to complete in Division One. Congratulations to everyone past and present who have made this club what it is today.
Having joined the club as a player just after formation it’s incredible to see how it has evolved and grown in a short time.
It has expanded from just a few lads throwing a ball around in a park to a Division 1 men’s team, with branches including a Women’s team that were crowned Division 2 champions, and a rapidly growing Academy working closely with the Jacksonville Jaguars in the community.
If that’s anything to go by, the next 7 years are going to be absolutely incredible! Happy Birthday Dreadnoughts!
It’s crazy to think that we had aspirations of being a flag team for a couple of years due to numbers when I started, then the amount of players kept growing and here we are in Division One.
It’s been a bit of a wild ride along the way with a ban in 2014 which came as a surprise to the players but we’ve kept plugging along since and here we are.
Here’s to another 7 years!
Now is a great time to become a part of the Portsmouth Dreadnoughts family. We are always looking for new players, coaches and off-field volunteers.
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