As a mother to two (extraordinarily active) sons I have pondered what their sport of choice and extracurricular activity will be when they are old enough. I have wondered if it will be the typically British choices of Football, Rugby, Cricket or Tennis. A sport, however, that never crossed my mind was NFL (National Football League – from America) or the sport currently sweeping our UK Primary schools – NFL Flag presented by Subway UK & Ireland™.
What is NFL Flag?
NFL Flag, presented by Subway, UK & Ireland™ is basically a non contact (non tackle) version of American football. It takes the best bits of American football and makes it safe and accessible to primary school aged children starting from nine to twelve. Instead of tackling they simply have to tear a flag from another player’s belt.
I had the pleasure of watching this sport, a tournament in fact, with primary school children players from all over Yorkshire, and speaking to an actual NFL player named Jason Brisbane (he played for the San Diego Chargers don’t you know?).
Jason exuded passion and love for the sport. His aim, along with the sponsor; Subway™ – is to get as many children and schools involved and as passionate about NFL Flag as him. He told me that playing NFL changed his entire life and that is was more than just a sport – it is about being in a team, working together, respect, integrity, responsibility and nutrition (which is why Subway™ is a perfect partnership).
The best thing I learned about NFL Flag is that it is an all inclusive sport. Jason told me no matter what your sporting ability, prior knowledge, size or strength there is a place for you in the team. As someone who always felt a bit left out of sporting activities when I was young – this was music to my ears.
My favourite part of the day was watching the young person who caught the ball run like a bullet to the end of the field, the cheers, the applause – the amazing atmosphere of the tournament – not to mention the cool outfits. I could see the self esteem of that young person sky rocket at the touch down (see – I’m getting used to the lingo and everything).
When my sons are old enough I really hope their school offers NFL Flag as an option – it really has the power to shake up Physical Education/ after school clubs and Sports’ days and bring a freshness with an American twist to our education system.
NFL Flag, with the help of Subway UK & Ireland™, is already being taught in schools across the UK with tournaments between local schools taking place and a final taking place in London this Summer.
If you would like your child’s / children’s school to take part in NFL Flag presented by Subway™ – ask them to simply register by clicking on This Link! It’s as simple as that.
Also watch out for Subways’ Kids Paks in stores now – and look out for an NFL themed Kids Pak coming in October.
Right – all this talk of Subway™ – I’m off to get my signature sandwich: Chicken, red onions and all the Jalapeños. How do you make yours?