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Youth Academy

Portsmouth Admirals

American Football TRAINING For 13-16 Year Olds

The Portsmouth Dreadnoughts Academy is known as the Portsmouth Admirals and is open to boys and girls aged 13-16. Teaching the fundamentals of American Football, the academy is a fun and exciting way to get started playing the sport.



Cockleshell Community Sports Club, PO4 9SA


Sundays 1-4pm

NOTE: The team is currently on a short break following the conclusion of the 2021 season. We will update here when training is back on.

Meet The Coaches

Head Coach: Sam Guillen

Coach Guillen has been a part of the Dreadnoughts since its inception, beginning his playing career on the defensive line. After his retirement from playing, Guillen took on committee roles as well as coaching positions with the team.

In his non-football life, Coach Guillen is a teacher. This combined with his years of American Football experience makes him the ideal leader of the academy.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who can play American Football?

If you can run around in a field, you can play American Football. You don’t need any special skills, you don’t need to be able to bench press 100kg, and you don’t need a certain body type. Football is inclusive and we welcome anyone.

Will I make the team?

Yes! We don’t have ‘tryouts’ and you don’t ‘make’ the team. We welcome players of all abilities and nobody is turned away. Everyone who comes along to training, and is up to date with subs, is eligible to play on gameday.

How much does it cost?

There’s no denying that American Football can be expensive, but at the Portsmouth Dreadnoughts we are committed to making the sport as inclusive as possible. We have team kit that can be borrowed before you buy your own. When you’re ready to get your own gear, we have relationships with local suppliers who offer team discounts.

The other cost is player subs, which cover paying for our practice field, travel for games and new equipment. We keeps subs as low as possible and offer payment in instalments. If you are a new player, your first 3 training sessions are completely free of charge.