Hertfordshire Tornadoes recruiting

PUBLISHED: 17:44 08 November 2016 | UPDATED: 16:53 09 November 2016

Great Britain's Tornadoes -photo credit to Geoff White

Great Britain's Tornadoes -photo credit to Geoff White

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The Hatfield-based Hertfordshire Tornadoes Women's American Football team are recruiting after eight of their players represented Great Britain in a win over Spain last month.

The Tornadoes are one of the most celebrated women’s teams in the country and are the only side south of Birmingham to play in the top tier of the Women’s British American Football League.

With two national championships under their belts, and three runners up trophies, Tornadoes are recruiting this year in their quest to become national champions for a third time since the formation of the National Women’s League in 2011.

GB international and Tornadoes’ centre Alex Lilly said: “What’s great about American Football is that there’s a place for everyone whatever shape or size.

“Much like rugby, you need the small nippy people and you also need the more powerful players.

“And with it being such a developing sport, there’s a tonne of opportunity for girls to come in with very little experience, and potentially have a shot at making the Great Britain squad if they’re dedicated.

“I started playing football in 2014, and in Summer 2015 represented GB in the European Championships held in Spain.”

Although the Tornadoes are based at the University of Hertfordshire and have a close relationship with the University, they’re not exclusively a student team. Players of all ages come from London, Brighton, and Ipswich to play for them.

With international level coaches and the iconic pads and helmets provided, you can see why.

Head coach Tom Roberts, who won a European silver medal last year with the GB Women’s team as their wide receiver coach, added: “Hertfordshire is at the heart of American Football in the UK and we have an incredible history here.

“There’s great support and investment from both the University and the British American Football Association to ensure this sport flourishes, not just for the men, but for Women too.”

If you want to get into the sport email hertfordshire.torna does@gmail.com or visit them on Facebook.com and Twitter @HertsTornadoes.

They train at Herts Sports Village on Saturdays 12pm-2pm and Thursdays 7pm-8.30pm. All equipment is provided and no experience is necessary.

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