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Adult Team


The Portsmouth Dreadnoughts Adult Team currently compete in the SFC 1 Central Division. The team is open to men and women over 18 and plays fully kitted, full contact football. We are actively welcoming new players for the 2024 season and beyond. You don’t need any experience – just enthusiasm, effort and a willingness to learn.

Next Training Session:


Portsmouth Rugby Club
Norway Road


Saturdays 9:30 am -12:30 pm

New players welcome at any time, even if you’ve never played before. Due to scheduling issues, training times and locations are subject to change – join the Facebook group and follow our Instagram page for updates.

Meet The Coaches

Head Coach: Andrew Wood

Coach Wood joined the Portsmouth Dreadnoughts as a player in 2016, bringing with him over a decade of football experience to the club. He immediately became a leader on the team and transitioned into a player-coach role, before hanging up his cleats in 2018.

Coach Wood became defensive co-ordinator for the Dreadnoughts, before being promoted to head coach in 2020. Bringing a wealth of football knowledge, as well as a level-headed approach to coaching, Wood is the man to take this club onwards into the future.

Offensive Co-ordinator: Dave Gibbs

Coach Dave Gibbs returns to the Dreadnoughts as our Offensive Coordinator, a position he held for the 2015, 2018 and 2019 seasons.

Dave has since involved himself with many other coaching opportunities included the Dangerous Receiver Academy, which he founded, and acted as a Guest Coach for TEUK and the Jaguars! Now the WR coach for Great Britain, Dave hopes to bring his wider experience back to the Dreads.

Defensive Co-ordinator: Scott Quade

Coach Quade joined the Portsmouth Dreadnoughts as a player back in the club’s first season and is therefore one of the longest serving members of the team. Officially hanging up his cleats following the 2019 season, he joined the coaching team as a linebacker coach and defensive assistant.

Coach Quade was promoted to defensive co-ordinator before the 2020 season and now works alongside Coach Wood to craft the fearsome defensive unit that the Dreadnoughts have become known for.

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.