THE DREADNOUGHTS ARE Recruiting now for the 2022 season
The Portsmouth Dreadnoughts Adult Team is currently recruiting for the 2022 season and beyond. New players are welcome to join at any time in the year – you don’t have to wait until a ‘rookie day’ or a ‘taster day’. Just send us a message, then turn up to training. Training for the 2022 season is scheduled to start on Sunday 9th of January – stay tuned for more details.
We also recommend joining our 2022 Rookie Facebook Group for up-to-date information and to meet your new team mates.
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.
What do I need to bring?
Just a pair of boots (football or rugby boots are fine), a gum shield and a bottle of water.