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Ealing Fields wins NFL flag

Ealing Fields High School have been crowned the winners for the second time of the Jet NFL Girls Flag league.

Having won the title last year at the first ever NFL Flag games for the Jet league, Ealing Fields showed their skills by scoring a 28-6 win over St Mary Magdelene at AFC Wimbledon’s Cherry Red Records Stadium in London

NFL Flag, the non-contact version of American football encourages team work on and off the field has created great interest amongst schools across London and surrounding areas and was launched by New York Jets and the Chicago Bears to the UK.

Jesse Linder, VP of community relations for the Jets said; “Days like today are exactly why we kicked off this fantastic flag football league for these girls. We’ve seen the girls grow as players on the field as well creating a community off of it. Flag football is one of the best sports for young girls, and it’s been a privilege to make this league work again with the Bears.”

In the Bears league Northwood were crowned champions winning against Beaconsfield 22-8.  Both teams will now also be invited to the 2024 NFL London Games.

This year, 240 UK girls, aged 12-14 took part in both leagues.

EALING.NEWS caught up with Martyn Tootell, head of physical education at Ealing Fields to find out more.

What is it like to win again, and what does it mean for the school and Ealing?
“It’s amazing to win for a second time. The girls are over the moon and have worked so hard. To be able to win back-to-back makes it even more special. This is definitely an experience that these girls will remember, long after their time at Ealing Fields High School.”

“As a school, we don’t just measure the success of our school sports program on the trophies we win, we pride ourselves on how many of how students are participating in sport each week. NFL Flag is another great avenue for girls to participate and get involved in sport. We have been working hard to ensure both boys and girls have equal opportunity to sports, and NFL flag is just a small part of that.”

How much training do the team do to play? Is it daily or weekly?
Our training is student-led as we don’t currently have it within school time. We have a strong relationship with our local community flag football club in Ealing, The Fruit Bats, which we recommend to all students who want to get involved in the sport. There, they train twice a week and play at the weekend.

 

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