SGS Sports PRIDE American Football Academy will benefit from a brand new £680,000 pitch from October 2022.
In late 2008, SGS College started Europeâ€™s first American Football Academy. A trailblazing idea has led the way for excellence in Under 19 American Football across Europe for over 15 years.
In that time, SGS has seen many replicates this successful model both here in the UK, as well as overseas in France, Sweden, Austria and now Spain. SGS continue to lead the way with this amazing investment to create the UKâ€™s first American Football only 4G field, with stitched in coloured End-zones and field markings.
The PRIDE has enjoyed the use of SGS Sportâ€™s multi-sport 4G field for the past 6 seasons at the WISE campus. Ground breaking at the time (in that it was a full length 4G field) with the growth in American Football at SGS into Higher Education and the BUCS Premiership, the College has again invested heavily to show their commitment to American Football in the UK.
â€œWith raised bleachers and a turn-style entrance this will give us a true Highschool stadium experience on game dayâ€
said Director of American Football Benjamin Herod.
â€œThere are only 2-3 pitches across Europe like ours, the home game experience with elevated filming platforms, music and play by play will make this one of the best places to play in Europeâ€.
The College did not stop its investment there. A second gym is being built in 2022 for the elite athletes in SGS Sports Academies and those taking Sports Degrees; the College has invested nearly Â£100,000 in equipment alone for the new gym.
Partnering with the excellent Sports Media department, SGS has also committed to streaming all home games across both Under 19 and BUCS in the 22/23 academic year.
Itâ€™s not too late to apply for the American Football Academy at SGS, and never too early to register your interest for September 2023 intakes.
We are still leading the way for others to follow and look forward to welcoming our new American Footballers to their new field in October this year.
For further details or to apply, please visit www.sgscol.ac.uk/academies/american-football