American football is also on the rise with us: “Want to offer a total experience”

“Laugh together, fight together and attack together.”

A Limburg Shotguns player describes three pillars on which American football rests in our country. For years, sport has been a sideline sport in our country, but that may soon change.

The Limburg Shotguns became American football national champions last year after a chaotic end to the competition. Next month they will be released for the first time in the brand new BeNeLiga. American football in our country thus follows the example of basketball, ice hockey or handball.

“Four Dutch teams and two Belgian teams are entering the pilot project this year,” says Limburg Shotguns coach Allan Verbraeken. “That’s how we really want to form the best competition in both countries.”

“We noticed that the top teams in both countries were looking for something more,” added Shotguns chairman Michel Eeman.

The creation of the BeNeLiga American football offers many opportunities for the sport in our country, according to player Rob Hermans. “We can play against big teams,” he said. “Amsterdam or Groningen, even if it’s far from my home of course.”

“But you have to be prepared to do something about it. That’s why you’ll only find motivated players who want to take that extra step to be able to handle the level.

Last night, around one hundred million people around the world watched the Super Bowl, the American football season finale in the United States and an explosive entertainment show with dozens of world stars.

In our country, the television potential of American football still seems for the moment to be less than zero. How do we attract our fans to an American football match when the majority of Flemings don’t even know the rules?

“By providing a total experience,” says Eeman. And for that, he looks at the example in the United States. “Cheerleaders, music, food and drink. Watching a game can be an evening with the whole family.

They also found something in Limburg about complicated rules. “Everything is explained by the commentators here. Give it a chance and be careful, and you might be gone with it.


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